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!).
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.
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.