Tasting Notes For Teeling 18 Year Old - The Renaissance Series 5
Nose: Candied Apples, Cinnamon, Baked Pears, Fresh Mint
Taste: Apple Pie, Golden Raisins, Pink Peppercorns, Jasmine
Finish: Maple syrup, Dried cherries, Wood Tannins
The Renaissance continues for Teeling! It’s the fifth release in the Dublin-based team’s Renaissance Series, celebrating the revitalization and resurgence that Irish whiskey is enjoying at the moment. This edition is an 18 year old single malt which was firstly aged in ex-bourbon barrels, before being moved over to ex-Calvados casks for a finishing period. These French apple brandy casks have really bolstered the fruit-forward, vanilla-rich notes, along with a flash of baking spice too.
With the opening of the Teeling distillery in 2012, whiskey making has came back to the city that was once the epicentre of the world whiskey trade. Following the relocation of Powers to Midleton in Co.Cork in the 1970’s, not one drop of whiskey had been distilled in the Irish capital for almost 40 years, and not one new distillery had opened in 125 years.
In a sense, this is also a homecoming for the Teeling family, as their love affair with Ireland’s national drink also started in Dublin, when in 1782 Walter Teeling set up a craft distillery on Marrowbone Lane in the Liberties area of Dublin. The family have been involved in the whiskey industry since that day, with John Teeling being responsible for setting up the first new distillery in the whole of Ireland in over 100 years when he opened the Cooley distillery in 1987, with his sons Jack and Stephen following in his footsteps by opening the Teeling distillery. On the very forefront, and one could argue partly responsible for the revival of whiskey making in Ireland, big things are expected.
With that kind of pedigree behind the project, you could rightfully be very excited to see what Teeling come up with, and they certainly don’t disappoint. Marrying Irish whiskey making traditions, with modern innovations, every whiskey that has came out of this distillery has won multiple awards. It’s still early days, but all indications are that this will be a most triumphant return of whiskey making to the world’s original whiskey making capital.
Producer Teeling Distillery Style Single Malt Irish Whiskey Age A minimum of 18 years Volume 70CL ABV 46%