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Sep 2007
Rod’s Birthday!
Posted in Scotch Nights by Rob at 12:00 pm | 1 Comment »

The passing of Rod’s birthday did not, of course, go unmarked.  Over the course of this barn-burner, many treats from the collection were sampled. Most intriguing was the new addition courtesy of Matt: a bottle of Connemara Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey.

(GASP!) Yes, it’s Irish.  However, it is a peated single malt, and was very enjoyable!  Not quite the “mushroom cloud of peat” that was promised by a certain reviewer, but rather light and honey-sweet with a full bodied peat that deepens throughout the finish.

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Matthew said:

One of the night’s many highlights was watching Annie enjoy a wee dram of the Auchroisk 28.
It’ was like that diner scene from “When Harry Met Sally”
Also, it seems I bought the wrong Connemara. They have a Cask Strength Peated Single Malt that promises the “Mushroom Cloud of Peat”. Here are some tasting notes for the one I did buy (pretty much what we all thought… honey, sweet, nice peat):

Nose: Sweet, clean peat, vanilla and ? floral notes. One of the most profound and complex of Irish noses. Palate: Again very sweet, peaty. Softly honeyed and oily Mild molasses, fabulously smoky. Finish: Becomes drier as some oak bites, but the peat just keeps on rumbling along. Comment: This single malt had suffered from an identity crisis over the last year or so. Some vattings had become slightly off-key, dirty even, and the malt had lost direction. This bottling, however, is back to its brilliant best. Score – 9 (out of 10). (Jim Murray, http://www.whiskymag.com

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