Tasting Notes For Teeling Small Batch Amber Ale
Nose: Caramel, sweet malt, a hint of candied apples, butterscotch and a hint of licorice/anise.
Taste: Raisins, honey, apple, tropical fruit with a hint of pine.
Finish: Long and sweet with a subtle herbaceous ending.
This release is a logical consequence of the good relationship that Dublin brewer DOT Brew and Teeling have maintained for many years, and a mutual ambition to create unique expressions full of flavour and Dublin character.
Firstly, DOT Brew gets ex-rum casks from Teeling which had been used to mature their Small Batch whiskey, and use the casks to make their own Teeling whiskey aged ‘Rum Red Dark’ amber ale. The same casks are then returned to Teeling, who fill them up with their Small Batch again, allowing the whiskey to benefit from further maturation in these 'Rum Red Dark' amber ale casks.
Rum Red Dark is a nicely round, balanced beer with notes of dark fruit, raisins, biscuit, vanilla, caramel and a soft note of syrupy rum. The Small Batch has captured a significant portion of the flavours and aromas, creating an entirely unique whiskey. A whiskey full of natural character.
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 Blended Irish Whiskey Age No age statement Volume 70CL ABV 46%