Nose: Spice and fruit notes mingle with an underlying sweetness.
Taste: Strong spice at the start developing into lush red berries and grapes, with drying tannin effect at the end.
Finish: Dry finish dominated by wood and spice.
The first word that springs to mind the first time you try Teeling Single Grain, is LOVELY. This whiskey is a thing of real beauty, soft and silky with a tenderness that warms the heart, leaving you longing for more. There are only an elite few Irish single grain whiskeys out there at the moment but Teeling is arguably at the top, not only of Irish Single Grains, but of Single Grain whiskeys anywhere in the world. In their strive for perfection Teeling went ahead created something unique, and by maturing it in Californian Cabernet Sauvignon casks they did something which never been done by anyone else at that time. The result is an outstanding whiskey which is deliciously sweet, with a good deal of spice and fruit hiding within and a ton of gold medals to go along with it!
Irish Whiskey Masters: Master (Highest Award) 2018
Irish Whiskey Awards: Winner of Best Irish Single Grain Whiskey in 2017, 2018
San Francisco International Spirits Awards: Gold Medal 2017
World Whiskies Awards: Winner of Best Irish Grain Whiskey in 2016 and 2017
World Whiskies Awards: World’s Best Grain Whiskey in 2014
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 Premium Single Grain Age No age statement Volume 70CL ABV 46%