WHAT: Connemara Cask Strength Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey Rating: NNNN
WHERE: County Louth, Ireland
WHY: As you prepare to get out the green bowler hats for St. Paddy’s Day, sit yourself down and come to grips with this demanding spirit. The peat smoke is a powerful presence, but it’s equalled by sheer grain-driven flavour. A touch of water reveals the sweetness within. Blarney-free stuff.
PRICE: 700 ml/$79.95
AVAILABILITY: At selected Vintages outlets as of March 3 (product #913400)