These 4 whiskies are worth tasting-Andrew O’ Gorman.

Connemara Turf Mór Single Malt Peated Whiskey

58.2% abv.  Price approx. €60 – Retail (2010)

The cask strength Turf Mór is a new addition to the Connemara range of peated whiskies, all with a distinctive aroma and flavour of turf. Turf Mór is a big rich smooth whiskey with plenty of peaty and woody aromas.

Made in small quantities, and launched onto the market at the end of November, 2010.

Available from the CelticWhiskey Shop, Dawson Street, Dublin 

Avoca Irish WhiskeyAvoca Irish Whiskey

40% abv. Price €15.99 – Retail (2010)

Produced by Cooley Distillery Plc for Aldi Supermarkets. Avoca has won a number of awards including a Silver Medal at the Blas na hÉireann National food Awards, and a Silver Medal at the International Wine and Spirit Competition.

It has a light vanilla-scented nose, a smooth oily palate, with some grain finishing on a nice woody lightly honeyed note.

One from Wales – Penderyn Single Malt Welsh Whisky

46%abv. Price €54.95 – Retail (2010)PENDERYN WELSH WHISKY 700ML

Penderyn Single Malt Welsh Whisky signals the welcome return of whisky distillation to Wales after an absence of over 100 years. This purpose built distillery is located in the UK’s only UNESCO Geopark, the Brecon Beacons National Park. It is unique in that it unites time honoured distillation methods with modern technology to produce a whisky that captures the spirit of a new contemporary Wales.

“Absolutely staggering arrival on the palate of malt, immediately a second movement, this time of bitter sweet fruit sweeps down over startled taste buds – “Astonishing Stuff” – Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible 2009.

Distributed in Ireland by Classic Drinks Ltd.

The History Of The Tyrconnell

On a sunny day in 1876 the legend of The Tyrconnell was born.

Few would have thought, given his odds of 100 to 1, that a young Chestnut Colt owned by the famous Watt whiskey family and named Tyrconnell would win the National Produce Derby, Ireland’s premier horse race. On this occasion the bookies were wrong. As the gates opened Tyrconnell started the race slowly, but with a great finish he romped home to victory to the delight of his owners. To mark this amazing feat the Watt distillery launched a celebratory bottling of their best whiskey and named it after their famous horse – The Tyrconnell.

Tyrconnell Single Malt Irish whiskey was exported far and wide and quickly developed an international reputati for quality that stands to this day. During the hard times for Irish whiskey, the Watt family were forced to close their distillery in 1925. Few gave The Tyrconnell Single Malt any chance of surviving but once again it defied the odds. Cooley Distillery, Ireland’s only independent whiskey distillery, bought the old brand and has worked hard to restore it to its former glory. Cooley is extremely proud of being able to ressurect Tyrconnell Single Malt and of keeping it independent allowing it to maintain its authenticity. The inspirational image of the Tyrconnell racehorse that so defined the odds back in 1876 can be still seen on the label to this day.

The Tyrconnell whiskey has a beautiful fresh, malty, fruity bouquet, smooth sweet taste and delicate dry finish. Price: €33 (2010).

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