Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Teeling Single Malt Whiskey

A Tasty Dram whisky blog tasting notes


Unmistakable provenance

Teeling Whiskey Company is the creation of Jack and Stephen Teeling, sons of former Cooley owner John Teeling and distant relatives of Walter Teeling, the man who started the first Teeling Distillery in 1782. The brothers are hard at work to breathe new life into a new Irish Whiskey distillery in the heart of Dublin.

The current range is relatively limited and comes from 18.000 barrels from Cooley and another Irish distillery (Bushmills?). When it comes to true Teeling Whiskeys, made in Dublin, we will have to wait at least a few years.

The core range contains a small batch whiskey matured in rum casks, a single grain matured in Californian red wine barrels and a brand new Single Malt without an age statement. The Single Malt is distilled from malted barley and consists of a vatting of 5 different wine casks: Sherry, Port, Madeira, white Burgundy and Cabernet Sauvignon. Like all the Teeling whiskeys, it is bottled at 46% with no chill filtration.

Identity Card Teeling Single Malt Whiskey

    Teeling Single Malt Whiskey
  • Teeling Whiskey Company
  • NAS
  • 46% ABV
  • Non-chill filtered 


Tasting notes


Colour: 
The colour of this Teeling Single Malt hovers between wet straw and gold. The whiskey leaves fast legs on the side of the glass.

Nose: The flavours are substantially fruity with a hint of vanilla and clove. I'm thinking of fruit salad with Charentais melon, lemon and cherries. Vanilla waffles, sweet apples and 'Limburgse vlaai' (tart) with blueberries. After some time there are wood flavours emerging. I'd even say dust or sawdust.

A single drop of water releases the spicyness of the whiskey and makes it lose some of its sweetness. Dry oak is the flavour that stands out now.

Taste: The whiskey is still fruity on the palate, but it's less pronounced then on the nose. More like dried figs and spicy apples. Even some clove, lemon zest and ginger.

With a few drops of water (or when you keep it in your mouth for a while) it becomes drier. Again those wood flavours reappear with a fair dash of pepper.

Finish: The aftertaste is dry and spicy. A lovely warm and long finish with hints of pine nut oil and Madeira wine.

Teeling Single Malt Whiskey

Conclusion


We'll be seeing a fair share of beauties from Teeling Whiskey Company. Knowing that the real Spirit of Dublin has yet to arrive, the Teeling brothers are already walking the path with their Single Grain, Small Batch and this Single Malt created from the stock of their father's former distillery.

This Teeling Single Malt could become serious competition for Redbreast, my favourite Irish whiskey at the moment. It already has the advantage of a better (read: lower) price tag and has that unmistakable Irishness that makes it a lovely aperitif.


Teeling Single Malt Whiskey

Teeling Single Malt Whiskey



The sample was offered by Teeling Whiskey Company for a Tweet Tasting organised by The Whisky Wire (#TeelingWhiskey).
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