Origin: Dublin (Ireland)
Type: Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Ageing casks: Virgin American Oak, ex-Bourbon second fill and ex-Sherry Oloroso
Additional coloring: No
Owner: Teeling Whiskey Company
Average price: € 50.00
Official website: teelingwhiskey.com
Like many Irish distilleries on their debut, Teeling initially released bottlings made from spirits produced by others, working on ageing and finishings to present their own idea of whiskey to the public while waiting to bottle their own.
And it took until October 2018 to see the debut of this single pot still, a whiskey created using both malted and unmalted barley (in this case in equal parts), the result of the first distillation on site in 2015, the first after almost fifty years in Dublin.
And the choice of ageing casks, anything but ordinary for Irish whiskey, reaffirms the distillery’s personality and research: 50% ex-Sherry, 25% each American virgin and ex-Bourbon.
Part of their core portfolio, it’s made in continuous batches with increasing (undeclared) ageing, initially with progressive numbering (batch 1 in 2018, 2 and 3 in 2019), then abandoned to show only the bottling date on the label.
In this case, I taste the second batch of 2020 (the fifth batch overall, bottled in April), for which I thank the distillery in the person of Chris Hayes.
Gold in the glass.
On the nose, bread aroma with intense herbaceous veins, cereals, pineapple, pear, almonds, honey, lemon. Sweet notes of vanilla and a vague hint of copper. Very youthful.
The palate also confirms the few years spent in barrels, with an exuberant push of ginger and pepper together with bitter and herbaceous touches on which fruit (pineapple, pear, unripe banana), lemon, almond and tea leaves sail. Slight balsamic tones along the length.
The finish is moderately long and bitter, with ginger, pear, lemon, almond and sugar paste.
Still young enough to bring out new make tones, to which the virgin casks add their own, to the point that the influence of Sherry seems really difficult to perceive with only Bourbon emerging, albeit in a limited way. A whiskey in the making, an intriguing work in progress even if still immature but already offering hints of a vivid personality.