Tonight, after a Rittenhouse 80-based Red Hook , and then a Martinez (Plymouth Gin/NP white vermouth/Luxardo triple sec/Fee's aromatic bitters) , I decided I needed a peat fix.
After a long hiatus, I revisited my Connemara Cask Strength. I chose wisely. WOW, it seems even more intense than I remember it - it's into Laphroaig CS territory, and at 60% it's a few percentage points stronger in ABV to boot.
There's a very subtle earthiness that makes it distinctly different from the Islays - it's like sitting beside a fire after being out in a grassy meadow on a rainy day, and it has a long, warm, lingering finish. It's a peat monster with an Irish touch, for sure. By comparison, Ardbegs give me a cocoa impression, while Laphroaigs tend to give me more of a "seagoing" effect.
As with anything in the 107+ proof range, it's strictly for sipping... but oh, it's a peat freak's dream.