Tasting Notes For Teeling Single Pot Still Wonders of Wood: Chinkapin Oak
Nose: Sweet toffee and butterscotch with caramel biscuits and wood tannins
Taste: Banana bread and ginger spices dance on the palate with a velvety cream soda coating the mouth
Finish: The wood spice lingers accompanied by dark chocolate and a hint of black pepper
The first edition release in Teeling's Wonders of Wood series sees a Single Pot Still whiskey matured in Virgin Chinkapin American White Oak Casks. Using single pot crafted from a recipe of 50% malted barley and 50% unmalted barley which has been triple distilled in their Dublin distillery. The Wonders of Wood series partners with the Tree Council of Ireland, and will help to plant exclusively native Irish tree Species in a designated acre of land in the Wicklow area of Ireland. This expression is bottled at 50% ABV and is non-chill filtered.
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 Pot Still Irish Whiskey Age No age statement Volume 70CL ABV 50%