An escapee academic, Lina heads the Mumbai office of Okapi and its consulting portfolio on innovation and entrepreneurship. Her work focusses on enabling inclusive innovation, social entrepreneurship and start-ups across South Asia and she has traveled widely across the region.
Lina has developed a bit of a reputation for preferring whiskies with a bit more ‘hair on the chest,’ veering towards more robust and peated profiles. On a recent trip back to Sweden, she zeroed in on Mackmyra’s peated Svensk Rök as THE whisky she wished to share with Mumbaikars.
Here is what Lina has to say about the Connemara….
- Nose – Definitely seaside, distinct peat and plenty of wood.
- Palate – Smooth and very light on the palate – a puff of wind on your tongue and it finishes! Where did all that peat go?
- Finish – Light sweet finish, but with some bitterness and maybe a walnut hiding in there somewhere.
- Water – Add water and old wood comes out, with a little spice to tickle your tongue.
Overall we found that the Connemara had a great peaty nose promising plenty, but failed to deliver on the palate, with the peat all but disappearing. While still an enjoyable dram, we had hoped for a bit more drama. Instead, it’s quite dry and makes you want to go looking for water.
Inspired by Ireland’s ancient distilling traditions, Connemara’s smooth sweet malt taste and complex peat flavours makes it a truly unique Irish whiskey.
Connemara is the most decorated Irish whiskey with a huge collection of Gold Medals and has been honoured as the “Worlds Best Irish Single Malt”. Connemara allows you to unearth the Peated Pleasures of Ireland.
Last but not least, more guest reviews by different Whisky Ladies of Mumbai:
- Bushmills 10 year 40% – Review by Carissa
- Bushmills 16 year 40% – Guest review by Paula
- Bushmills 21 year 40% – Guest review by Shruti
- Bushmills Steamship 40% – Guest review by Susan
- Connemara NAS 40% – Guest review by Lina (this review)
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