Connemara is Ireland's first modern-day peated single malt whiskey. It is made by one of Ireland's independent distilleries: Cooley. The Cooley distillery was founded in the late 1980s to challenge the monopoly that Irish Distillers (owners of Midleton and, at the time, Bushmills) had created.
In a very short time Cooley Distillery has become a hugely significant player in the Irish whisky market, fending off a hostile takeover bid from Irish Distillers that would almost certainly have resulted in closure and producing a wide range of single malts (including Connemara, Locke's, Magilligan and Tyrconnell), blends (including Inishowen, Kilbeggan and Millar's) and even a single grain whiskey (the acclaimed Greenore).
Connemara has won eight Gold medals since 1996, including a Double-Gold Medal and the title of 'Best of Irish' at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2004.
Named after one of the most famous regions in Ireland, Connemara is one of nature's masterpieces. The rugged Atlantic coastline and majestic mountains blend with the rain-soaked peated bog lands to create a landscape of unique natural beauty.
Connemara Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey captures the beauty of this region while reviving its traditions. This rare and original find among Irish whiskeys is a single malt, beautifully gilded in peat reek. Managing Director of Cooley Distillery, David Hynes and chairman John Teeling resurrected the traditional Irish custom of drying the malted barley over peat fires with this peated single malt. The smoke rising through the malted barley during this drying process confers the whiskey with a distinct peaty flavour and aroma. These traditional distilling methods combined with natural ingredients and long years in oak casks continue to create a whiskey that is simply exceptional!