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Connemara

Connemara is a brand owned by the Cooley distillery. Established in 1987 by John Teeling, in Dundalk, Louth County, the Cooley distillery includes a traditional section built in the Scottish style.
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The Cooley distillery produces Single Malts, and first and foremost Connemara Single Malt with wonderfully mingled plum and peat flavours. Connemara is the most awarded Irish whiskey. In spite of its young age, the Cooley distillery offers a broad range of blends and Single Malts.

The whiskey production ranges from light blends such as Inishoven or Millar’s to offbeat peated malts such as Connemara. Most of the maturation facilities and a part of Cooley’s warehouses are located in Locke’s (Kilbeggan). Cooley differs from the other distilleries as it operates a double distillation process, while triple distillation is the hallmark process of Irish whiskey distilleries Bushmills and Midleton.

The Cooley distillery revives a lost tradition, that of peat! In Connemara whiskeys, the vegetal edge of the peat is much more apparent than the peat smoke, such as in Islay spirits.

These traditional distillation methods associated with natural ingredients and long years of maturation in oak casks, help create an exceptional whiskey. End of 2011, the Cooley distillery has changed owner and been purchased by the American group Jim Beam (owner of the Laphroaig distillery).

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