Origin: Dublin (Ireland)
Type: Premium Blended Irish Whiskey
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon and ex-Imperial Stout
Additional coloring: No
Owner: Teeling Whiskey Company
Average price: € 50.00
Official website: teelingwhiskey.com
One of the most interesting aspects of artisanal products linked to the territory is the synergy that is sometimes created between the realities of the same production area, whether local or national.
This is the case with this bottling, made in collaboration with the Galway Bay Brewery, a craft brewery founded in 2009 in Galway, which is the result of a two-way exchange: first Teeling lends its ex-Rum casks used for Small Batch to Galway Bay to refine their stout (200 Fathoms Imperial Stout, 9.3%ABV), after which the same casks return to the distillery to refine this whiskey.
The spirit is a blend made from 25% malt and 75% corn, aged at least six years in ex-Bourbon casks and then spent at least 12 months in these ‘returned’ ex-Beer casks, of which cask strength editions exclusive to the distillery have also been made.
The Dublin distillery is not new to this combination of whiskey/beer cousins, having also finished their whiskey in Amber Ale or having Teeling-aged beers such as Umbrella London’s ginger beer, and in general more than one distillery has tried its hand at this fusion of the two barley-based alcohols.
The nose is lively and pungent, a strong green apple and pear component combined with a slight layer of acetone, joined by pineapple, brown sugar, chocolate and an impression of damp undergrowth. Splash of saltiness. You feel more the influence of rum than of stout.
In the mouth it has a nice body, acquires more roundness becoming less sharp. Darker flavours of roasted malt, coffee and fondant infused with fruit (baked apple, pear, sour cherry), veined with bitter tones of liquorice root, almond and gingerbread which, acquiring strength in length, cleanse the mouth and encourage a new sip.
The finish is quite long, with a bitter streak of nuts, coffee, chocolate, baked apple and orange.
A very interesting marriage, in which the different influences intersect and chase each other, creating a truly unique and special blend, which dangerously urges you to drink continuously in order to grasp its individual nuances.
Reviews of Teeling whiskey in the blog:
Teeling Birthday Batch
Teeling Brabazon Bottling Series Nº1
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 Small Batch