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Teeling Single Cask Madeira 2002

Review of an ex-Madeira single cask bottling for Teeling.
Picture by Whisky Samples

Origin: Dublin (Ireland)
Type: Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Gradation: 55.5%ABV
Ageing cask: Ex-Bourbon finished in ex-Madeira Wine
Chillfiltered: No
Additional coloring: No
Owner: Teeling Whiskey Company
Average price: € 48.00
Official website: teelingwhiskey.com
Vote: 89/100

We leave the standard versions of the rampant Irish distillery, to venture into a single cask, editions that often show more personality than the large-run ones.
Distilled in February 2002 and bottled on 29 May 2015 after an unspecified amount of time spent in casks that contained the Portuguese liqueur, producing 311 cask strength bottles.

Tasting notes

Metallic pink in the glass.
The nose is fortified with sulphurous touches, with sultanas, prunes, walnuts, aniseed, a hint of sour dried tomatoes. Citrus fruits in the form of blood oranges and lemon peel. Old wood base. Intriguing, makes you want to taste it.
And so, let’s taste it! It glides silky on the palate, with the aromas of the fortified wine becoming even more pregnant and dry, underpinned by an abundant sprinkling of chilli pepper and the warmth of the alcohol (full without excess), with dried fruit that increases in volume (walnuts and hazelnuts) alongside the grapes and citrus fruits, sour and acidic that cleanse the mouth. Intense and difficult to pin down, it requires time and patience to grasp the nuances. Liquorice and cocoa emerge in the background, with savoury and spicy tips (coriander and cloves), set against period wood furnishings.
The finish is quite long and dry, savoury, sulphurous, of orange, hazelnuts, spices and prunes.

Complex, layered, perhaps not entirely balanced with the madeira which tends to break down the flavours, it is also for this reason that it represents a challenge to drink with an open mind, sharing opinions and sensations. Personally, I appreciate the work and experimentation it represents, despite its imperfections.

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