Okay Connemara the entire Provence Connemara 40%Nose:
Dry earthy Peat. Obvious ripe pear cut with vinegar. Quite soft on the nose.Palate:
Light Quiet sweet with vanillaFinish:
Sweet Drying peat with an ashy feelConnemara CS 59.6%Nose:
Dryer and sharper than the NAS nearly iron ore earthy peat
but this time with ripe apple over the pearPalate:
What a beast compared to the lighter NAS. Fuller, rounder and heavier sweetness with almond extract.Finish:
The peat smoke surfaces out of the almond and both cry on to the end in a decent lengthConnemara 12yo 40% Nose:
Much thicker & fruitier than the others ... apple skins with syrup of pale fruits. Finding it hard to find the peat or am I nosed out Palate:
After the CS again the 40% makes this feel light but plenty of rich sweetness as the nose suggestsFinish:
out of the sweetness comes smoke and wood in harmony.
The CS wins hands down for me on this HTHFirst Spirits '92 8yo Cooley 46% Nose:
A nose betwen the NAS and CS connemara but with more smoke and slightly less fruit evidentPalate:
Beautifully rounded soft sweetness (probably the best mouth feel of all 4) More exotice fruit rather than any apples or pearsFinish:
The wonderful rich fruit and smoke take it to the dry ash bridge
This for me is a great Cooley IB and has become a favourite of mine along with the Connemara CS but the CS has to shade it for any peat heads out there.