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Teeling Brabazon Bottling Series No 1

Review of the first bottling in the series exploring maturation in fortified wines

Origin: Dublin (Ireland)
Type: Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Gradation: 49.5%ABV
Ageing casks: Ex-Sherry
Chillfiltered: No
Additional coloring: No
Owner: Teeling Whiskey Company
Average price: € 110.00
Official website: teelingwhiskey.com
Vote: 88/100

Some time ago I had the pleasure of trying the third bottling of this special series made by the Irish distillery, that explores the impact of fortified wine on whiskey.
Here’s the first bottling, released in early 2017, the result of combining six ex-Sherry casks that produced 12,500 bottles.
The distillate is composed of different vintages, between 2001 and 2008 (making this whiskey a minimum of eight years old) according to this scheme:

30% vintage 2008 in ex-Sherry butt
30% vintage 2007 in ex-Sherry butt
30% vintage 2005 ex-Sherry butt
5% vintage 2002 in ex-PX / Oloroso barrels
5% vintage 2001 in ex-Sherry hogshead

Interesting mix, will it be the classic sherried bomb?

Tasting notes

The sherried nose is marked but not overpowering, with warm scents of dried figs with almonds, sour cherries, raspberries, cantaloupe melon, blood orange and sweet liquorice mottled with a subtle fresh herbaceous streak that creeps through the aromas. Tobacco, leather and chocolate punctuate the nose, with an impression of caramelised popcorn. Full and soft.
In the mouth the spices (nutmeg and cinnamon) stand out against a pleasant peppery alcoholic warmth, where the sweetness of the Sherry becomes rougher with a greater presence of wood (in a positive sense) on red fruits, liquorice, fondant, candied citron, tobacco and leather. There remains a subtle herbaceous and cereal substrate that compensates for the dark charge of the whiskey.
The finish is long and slightly tannic with spices, liquorice, nuts, orange peel, leather and wood.

Elegant and rich, with an excellent balance of casks that know how to enhance the distillate without devouring it and flattening it into the ‘usual’ sherried whiskey. It caresses the palate but doesn’t prostitute itself, maintaining a proud individuality.

Reviews of Teeling whiskey in the blog:
Teeling Birthday Batch
Teeling Blackpitts
Teeling Brabazon Bottling Series No. 3
Teeling Distillery Exclusive 2021
Teeling Renaissance 18yo N°1
Teeling Renaissance 18yo N°3
Teeling Single Cask Madeira 2002
Teeling Single Grain
Teeling Single Malt
Teeling Single Pot Still (04/2020)
Teeling Single Pot Still 2016 WhiskyClub Italia
Teeling Small Batch
Teeling Stout Cask

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