Tasting Notes For Teeling Kyrö Rye Gin Cask Finish
Nose: Orange blossom, freshly cut grass, brown sugar and a hint of dried red berries.
Taste: Enjoyably oily with malt, citrus zest and oak, followed by layers of vanilla and cinnamon.
Finish: Lingering florals, plus cooked apple and peppercorn.
Dublin's Teeling collaborated with Isokyrö's Kyrö Distillery Company for a particularly intriguing expression - an Irish whiskey finished in casks that previously held Finnish rye gin! Teeling's master distiller picked out four casks that had matured Kyrö's excellent gin (which is made with a base of rye grain), and used them to finish Teeling's very own Small Batch whiskey. The casks imparted a wealth of floral, herbaceous, citrusy elements to this expression, while the vanilla, caramel and baking spice notes from the whiskey persist and blend brilliantly.
Definitely one for those who love gin, whiskey, and the fun of something very experimental!
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%