Review No.168. Teeling Single Malt Whiskey

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

Score: 3.75

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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