Origin: Dublin (Ireland)
Type: Blended Irish Whiskey
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon
Additional coloring: No
Owner: Teeling Whiskey Company
Average price: € 86.00
Official website: teelingwhiskey.com
To celebrate six years since its founding in 2015, Teeling has undertaken several initiatives including online tastings dedicated to yet-to-be-released bottlings, cocktails made with their base expressions, and this special, limited edition bottling.
The result of vatting single pot still and single malt, the two souls of Irish whiskey, this is an edition created from single casks of both expressions (36676 and 49499) that produced a total of 600 numbered bottles at a particularly high (but not full) proof and, as always, without chillfiltration or colouring.
Available only from the distillery and their online shop, this bottling sold out quickly, and the proceeds will go entirely to support associations and social activities to help the local teenagers who suffered most during the pandemic.
The nose is softly fruity, a fruit salad of pineapple, peach, pear and unripe banana on custard and pastry, topped with cinnamon and a touch of nutmeg. Ginger biscuits, malt, orange zest, orzata. Slight alcohol tingle along the length.
In the mouth the warmth of the alcohol content is enveloping without overdoing it, enhancing a herbaceous and spicy profile where alongside the ginger there are anise, rosemary, cereals, Granny Smith apple, peach, almond, tea leaves. Liquorice root and tobacco in the background, with a savoury touch along the length.
The finish is quite long and dry, slightly saline, with anise, ginger, almonds and fennel.
A rich and soft nose is matched by a dry and sharp palate, almost severe, highly drinkable thanks also to an alcohol content that pushes the flavours without burning the palate. The herbaceous notes are full-bodied, the marriage between the two expressions of Irish whiskey works even if it favours the pot still, but then again in a couple there is always someone who decides, isn’t there?