Origin: Dublin (Ireland)
Type: Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Ageing casks: Ex-Rum and ex-Sherry PX
Additional coloring: No
Owner: Teeling Whiskey Company
Average price: € 2,000.00
Official website: teelingwhiskey.com
Having tried the one matured entirely in ex-Rum casks, here I am confronted with the brother of the over-30 year old from Teeling, who to an initial and unspecified maturation in ex-Rum casks has added an ageing in ex-Pedro Ximénez casks from a small bodega in Jerez.
A 1989 distillate that produced 750 bottles at the beginning of 2022, obviously at a price that is not exactly popular, but which doesn’t reach that of the 37-year-old released some time before, on the market at over four times that price.
Madness? Considering that there are very few Irish whiskies of this age around, especially of this quality, no, not really.
The rum influence is quite evident on the nose, with brown sugar, mango, pineapple and pear making up the main notes emerging from the glass. The accompaniment is full-bodied and smooth, offering more fruit (peach, plum, raspberry) with honey, custard, black cherry and candied orange covered in milk chocolate. Subtle waxy streak in the background. Intense.
The palate is greeted by a rich spiciness of white pepper and ginger that fades into tropical tones combined with dried fruit (figs, apricots, pineapple), pear and peach, praline peanuts, candied orange. Vegetable notes emerge on the length.
The finish is quite long and tannic, with tropical and dried fruits, vegetable notes and roasted cane sugar.
Compared to its 30+ year old brothers, this is the one that convinced me the least: full-bodied but less rich, as if it lacked a certain depth and failed to make an impact on the taste. However, it is excellent, but a few steps below the other two.