Teeling Single Malt

"You need to like a vinous whisky, but otherwise you get a unique Irish dram"

(Photo by JD)

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Teeling Distillery is situated in the heart of Dublin, where Jack and Stephen Teeling in 2014 continued the 230-year-old tradition of distilling for the Teeling family. Until their own distilled whiskey has been matured, they use spirit from other distilleries (in particular Cooley’s, which was founded in 1987 by their father John Teeling who sold it to Beam Suntory in 2011). The third addition to their premium range was the Teeling Single Malt, stated to contain up to 23 year old Irish whiskey. This whiskey is a mix of spirits matured in five different casks, which include sherry, port, madeira, White Burgundy, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Nose

Fruits, lots of them! Immediately, I recognise blood orange, mango, melon, lemon, lime, fresh white grapes, black currant, blue berries. Like sticking your nose in a basket of overripe fruits. In addition, fruity and slightly spicy vanilla, tropical fruit juice, bubblegum and champagne. So, also fairly sweet. The different casks are distinguishable, but very nicely in balance. For me, first the Madeira fruitiness, then the dry White Burgundy, the red fruit from the Port, and later the acidic red wine notes (Cabernet Sauvignon) come through, while the sherry plays its role in between. Feels like walking into the wine cellars during a wine tasting event.

Taste

Same as the nose, muchos fruity fruitiness. Black berries (Port?), bananas and mango (Madeira?), dry red grape juice or wine (Cabernet Sauvignon?) all come along. Surely a very vinous whisky. Sweetness covers your tongue with lemon and raspberry candies, bubblegum, lime rasp, caramel, and rhubarb (!?). Acidity and drynesh play their part in the palette, and also bring some wood spices and ginger forward. On the other hand, the the Irish character can be recognized with its roundish, balanced, cautiously complex and friendly features. The finish is acidic and dryish, with the tannins coming through clearly.

Overall

Interesting whiskey. You need to like a vinous whisky, but otherwise you get a unique Irish dram! Apparently, the Teeling Brothers & Company aimed to make the most flavoured Irish whiskey, and they have probably succeeded. They concocted a fascinating whisky in their Willy Wonka Distillery in Dublin. I am just wondering what they will think of next…

What others say

Whiskybase: 81.17 (33 votes) * Chris Goodrum @WhiskyMagazine: 77/100 * Christine Nouet @WhiskyMagazine: 77/100 John McCormick @WhiskyAdvocate: 87/100 * @WhiskyIsrael: 85/100
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Scores

these are my personal views, so do not take them too seriously… nothing beats tasting these for yourself •

Cask influence
75%
Sweet <-> Spicy
10%
Nose 84%
Taste 77%
Balance 77%
Depth 80%
Finish 79%
Score