Category: Teeling series

Teeling 24-year-old single malt

Teeling whiskeys: Vintage Reserve collection, 24-year-old single malt

Last week it was finally time to open up this sample bottle from Teeling – the famous award winning 24-year-old single malt.

There aren’t many older Irish whiskeys around, so I was very curious about how this one would be. Also, I have mixed experiences of older whiskeys. Older isn’t always better!
The oldest Irish whiskeys I’ve tasted before this have been 21-year-olds, from Midleton (Redbreast) and Bushmills, both excellent. In this Vintage Reserve collection from Teeling there is also a 33-year-old whiskey, the oldest Irish whiskey out there, as far as I know.

The 24-year-old is initially matured in ex-bourbon cask and has also spent some time in ex-sauternes wine casks. Teeling themselves write on their site that it’s “limited to 5000 bottles per batch“. I wonder if this means that the 24-year-old single malt will be an ongoing release from them? Well I certainly hope so!

This is one of the best Irish whiskeys I’ve tasted.
The first impression was an overload of flavour that filled up my entire being (ok, I little exaggerated, but you get it!).

Nose
Not impressive on the nose. Something smoky at first – almost like the burnt rubber of the Connemara. The smokiness disappears quite soon and there’s white pepper, wet wood, rhubarb and cereals.

Palate
There’s a total explosion on the palate with the first sip. Fantastic! I love it from the first moment it touches my mouth. I get toasted almond, figs, grapes, and apricot jam with a twist. An interesting combination of flavours – I love it!
The finish is long with a lingering sweetness but dryness on the tongue. With a drop of water it becomes sweeter but lighter in flavour – not worth it.

This is definitely a whiskey I’ll add to my “whiskeys I’ll buy when I want to spend some big money” whiskey list.

This whiskey was sent to me from the brilliant Teeling whiskey company. All opinions & tasting notes are my own.

Teeling Revival Series V

Teeling whiskeys: Revival series V

It’s Teeling time again, people!

The Revival series from Teeling was created to celebrate the opening of the new Teeling distillery and the return of distilling in Dublin. The series was first launched in 2015, each of the bottlings with its own special cask finish. This is the last whiskey in the series, released in the spring of 2018, shortly before the release of Teeling’s first single pot still. Previously I’ve only tasted one from the Revival series, the 14-year-old (very nice indeed) so I was very curious about this one.

My little sample bottle doesn’t have an age statement, but in various places online I see that it is a 12-year-old single malt. It’s been initally matured in ex-bourbon casks, and then finished in a combination of brandy and cognac casks.

You remember that I wasn’t overly happy about last week’s Teeling? Well, this one definitely suited my palate.

Nose
My first impression is – VERY nice aroma. Warm chopped hazelnuts, lemon peel and some white pepper. I even get some nutella, but that’s gone the second time I nose it.

Palate
A nutty almondy entrance, honey sweetness. It’s quite light bodied but has a nice warm lingering with a small hint of dark chocolate. There is some bitter citrus in the background. Light wood and a creamy mouthfeel. I really like this whiskey.
With a drop of water it becomes softer on the palate, and a bit more balanced. This isn’t always a good thing – it happens that more balance makes whiskeys less interesting. It’s not the case here though, I wish I had added water earlier!

Very nice whiskey and a worthy ending of the Revival series (of which I’ll try to taste more eventually).

This whiskey was sent to me from the brilliant Teeling whiskey company. All opinions & tasting notes are my own.

Teeling whiskey series

Teeling whiskeys: Brabazon bottling 1

Hello people, I hope you are well. I’ve been unable to post a few weeks because of exams, flu and other things going on but now I’m back on track, I hope.

I’m continuing my journey through the Teeling whiskey range. The Brabazon bottling series was released in 2017, and takes the name from the Brabazon family, who dominated the Liberties area in Dublin from the 16th to the 19th century, and became Earls of Meath.
The Brabazons laid out the market space at Newmarket, now home to the Teeling distillery. The area became an important area for business which attracted many tradesmen and crafts – among them Walter Teeling who started the original Teeling distillery in 1782. The Liberties housed several distilleries at the time, and because of this history, it’s a delight to see the distilling tradition return to the area in our days.
The Brabazon series celebrates the reason why Teeling and many other distillers came to this part of Dublin to begin with, and why they are coming back.

The Brabazon bottling number 1 is a vatting of single malt whiskeys from six different sherry casks, and bottled at 49,5% ABV. It’s non chill filtered and has no added colourings.

I opened this little bottle while spending a day in our new house, with no furniture other than my computer desk, no kitchen gear and no heating yet (let’s call it we have a DIY house). After several hours without heating and quite dull weather outside, I was frozen, and it was nice with a little dram. But it’s also a fact that whiskey needs a certain temperature to show its true identity, and I’m not sure how well I managed to warm it with my hand.

Teeling Brabazon bottling no 1

Nose
Not the very typical sherry aromas to me. Darker damp wood, mint chocolate, baked apple and cinnamon. A light medicinal feel. A quite odd mixture of aromas!

Palate
Dark wood, with very spicy or peppery attack as a first impression. There’s some undefined sweetness. The baked apple with cinnamon comes back, and the spicy notes follow along to a quite long and dry finish.
With a few drops of water there’s more vanilla and pepper on the nose, it becomes sweeter to the palate but loses some body and the more interesting characters.

This whiskey was generally quite odd to me – I find it a bit too indecisive and less balanced than their standard single malt for example. However, the extra spice suited my palate very well, especially on the day of tasting, and the fact that this whiskey also gave me a history lesson makes me like it more!

This whiskey was sent to me from the brilliant Teeling whiskey company. All opinions & tasting notes are my own.

Teeling whiskeys: The non age statement single malt

I received a very nice little parcel a few weeks ago. After I had published this post about the Teeling single pot still, a nice person at Teeling thought I should taste the award winning 24-year-old single malt, and I received not only that one, but a few other samples too.

There’s something else (other than the whiskeys) that is brilliant about this parcel…

No plastic packaging. This increases my respect and appreciation for Teeling even more! Every decent company these days should minimise the use of plastic packaging, or better yet, stop using it altogether. The only plastic that came with this parcel was there to cover the address label.

Plastic aside, I decided eventually that since I now have a nice little collection of Teeling whiskeys, and Teeling has loads of other interesting expressions out there to explore, to start this Teeling series, that will be published outside of the weekly reviews. I will start with the non-age statement single malt.

I’ve actually had a bottle of this in the past, but wasn’t particularly fond of it back then. I wonder what my taste buds were up to??! Then last summer I spent a few days with a friend to practice for a little gig and she had a bottle of it. And I loved it.

This whiskey is made from malt whiskey finished in five different wine casks: sherry, port, madeira, white burgundy, and cabernet sauvignon. One may think that this creates a final product that is very.. eh, undecided? Instead I think it’s nicely balanced. It’s a non-age statement whiskey but Teeling themselves write on their site that the oldest whiskey in this expression was distilled in 1991 – I’m not sure exactly which release I have here but however, likely they still use whiskey of a decent age in it. It’s bottled at 46% ABV.

Nose
I spent quite some time trying to define what my nose perceived on this one. A nice sweetness along with tropical fruits – bitter citrus such as grapefruit, pineapple, and perhaps apricot. Grass or hay, or it could be the malt. Also some hints of dried fruits, nice warm aromas.

Palate
More grapefruit and pineapple. Dry mouthfeel but there is also a hint of honey sweetness. There’s a nice mixture of bittersweet flavours where the sweetness takes the lead. Dried herbs or maybe cereals. There’s a nice lingering citrus-ey feel along with cloves or other spices.

I didn’t add water to this which I regret now when I read other people’s tasting notes. However, I will get the opportunity to do that. This is a lovely whiskey and I will definitely buy another full bottle of it quite soon, to enjoy more of it. I also love to see whiskey producers dare to try new things – such a variety of cask finishes in the same bottle can’t be very common. The final result is a very interesting (in the positive sense of the word) whiskey with nice depth and flavours that appeal to my palate.

This whiskey was sent to me from the brilliant Teeling whiskey company. All opinions & tasting notes are my own.