Nose: An inviting nose where vanilla and spice dance with bright sweet notes of Rum.
Taste: A solid Rum influence that creates a unique smooth, sweet and slightly woody marriage that sparkles on the tongue.
Finish: Exotic fruit notes push through as well, with a sweet spicy finish complimented by lingering woody undertones.
This Whiskey challenges the convention of what an Irish Whiskey can be, with layers of unique flavour influenced by unconventional cask maturation techniques. Hand-selected casks of grain and malt whiskey are initially fully aged in Ex-Bourbon barrels, then married together in Central American Rum casks for up to 12 months for a unique, dried fruit profile. The corn/grain element of the blend brings a distinct sweetness, acting as a canvas for the rich, roasted caramel / toffee character of the malted barley. The grain and malt whiskeys are aged separetely in ex-bourbon barrels, in a ratio of roughly 3:1, grain to malt. Vanilla and oak notes are imparted at this stage. Blending in small batches and finishing in Central American rum casks, allow the grain and malt whiskey to marry and take on a subtle dried fruit character.
San Francisco International Spirits Awards: Gold Medal 2017
Irish Whiskey Masters: Master Premium Blended Whiskey 2017 (Highest Award)
Irish Whiskey Awards: Blended Whiskey of the Year 2016 (RRP less than €60)
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 blend of single malt and single grain whiskeys. Age No age statement Volume 70CL ABV 46%