The Teeling family has a long history with crafting Irish whiskies which date back to 1782. Walter Teeling was the first to begin distilling when he set up shop in Dublin. Amazingly enough, there were at that time thirty-seven different distilleries operating in the city. Over time with the vagaries of economic disaster, two world wars and prohibition every single distillery shuttered their doors. But, as of December 2014, the current owner Jack Teeling will open the first new distillery in The Liberties area of Dublin’s Newmarket in 125 years. In celebration of this milestone, Teeling Small Batch debuted earlier this year.
It is a blend of 65% grain and 35% malt whiskies, aged between 4-7 years, then re-matured in ex-Flor de Caña rum barrels for up to half a year. Non-chill filtered and bottled at 92 proof, this is one unique Irish whiskey.
Teeling Whiskey Small Batch (92 proof)
Visual: Light gold.
Nose: A lot of high, bright and spicy, sweet notes.
Taste: Rich and malty, with some barley sugar tendencies. There is a surprising amount of wood spice here which mellows out with a splash of branch water. Almost no detectable citrus, this whiskey instead goes for more vanilla, caramel, and baking spices.
Finish: Medium long with a tender sweetness that undoubtedly comes from the double dose of aging in used rum barrels.
Overall: A perfect Irish for use in cocktails, the higher proof adds more depth and body. If drinking straight, definitely add a good dose of water or a large cube of ice to open it up.
GSN Rating: A-
For more information go to: Teeling Whiskey