Teeling are relative newcomers to the Irish whisky scene, although there is some family history going back to the 1800’s. according to the marketing blurb. The Teeling story is a bit complex so I can’t be bothered regurgitating what is on their official website. Anyway, what is interesting is that Ireland has seen a whiskey boom in recent years with around 32 distilleries either newly opened, being built or being proposed (since the last time I checked). Midleton best watch out. The Teeling range consists of small batch, single grain, single pot still and this single malt. So they have most bases covered. I picked the single malt to try as I was curious how it would differ from Irish blends or pot still whiskies. This single malt in particular has been made of 5 different malts that have been finished in sherry, port, madeira, white burgundy and cabernet sauvignon casks.
Whisky: Teeling Single Malt Irish Whiskey, 46%
Nose: Foral, zest, vanilla, pastry, lemon, cinnamon spice
Taste: Citrus, lemon drizzle, malt, milk chocolate, pear, vanilla, raisins
Finish: Grapefruit, dark chocolate
Summary: I am quite impressed with this. It is zesty and crisp with a bit of spice. I wasn’t expecting this flavour profile given the amount variety of finishes in the mix. I was expecting it to be a bit richer and I have seen this being described as rich. Some milk and dark chocolate notes do appear further along the development and finish which provide a hint of richness along with the spice. However, for me it’s the citrus notes that stood out for me. Overall it comes together very well.
Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,
1 – not to my preference
2 – tastes fine but does not excite me
3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally
4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf
5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf
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