GSN Review: Teeling Single Grain & Single Malt Whiskies

Teeling Whiskey Group Shot

Teeling Whiskey Group Shot

Teeling Whiskey now has three non-aged whiskies in their portfolio – ideal for whiskey lovers would love to sample them all over the festive season. The collection contains the Teeling Irish Whiskey Single Grain, Teeling Irish Whiskey Small Batch and the Teeling Whiskey Single Malt. Each is bottled at 46% abv and non-chill filtered.  The Single Grain is aged in ex-California Cabernet Sauvignon barrels.  The Small Batch is aged for over six months in ex-rum barrels.  The Single Malt is a blend of whiskies up to 23 years old that have been aged in a variety of wine casks including Sherry, Port, Madiera, White Burgundy and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Teeling Single Grain (92 proof)
Visual: Mild gold.
Nose: Lush, intoxicating malt dominated by high, sweet, fruity notes.
Taste: A hearty smooth and toasty mid-range is bookended by spicy, high peccadilloes and low, woody solidarity.  Happily, the aging in cab Sauv barrels hasn’t changed the overall character of the whiskey, but just widened its spectrum.
Finish: Medium long, with an ultra dry, sherry-like finish.
Overall: An ethereal whiskey which grows on you with each sip.  Best buy a 750ml bottle, as the 50ml will just satisfy one person for one night.
GSN Rating: A-

Teeling Single Malt (92 proof)
Visual: Silvery-gold.
Nose: Rich, intense wine-laden malt.  You can swim in it. In a word, the quintessence of the Irish craft.
Taste: Quite sweet at first, but then it tempers down into a solid malt-driven, pot still charactered whiskey.  Despite the various barrel flavor infusions, the sheer age of the whiskies used keep things in check.  The wine notes serve to fame the overall friendly and upbeat malt distillate.
Finish: Medium long with the almost effervescent champagne notes coming through at the end.
Overall: Despite the unusual casks used, this is a very solid, recognizable Irish whiskey.  I’d definitely order a double of this with a side of branch water at any bar where it is available.  Just different enough to keep me guessing.
GSN Rating: A

Read our previous review of Teeling Small Batch and see how it stacks up against its siblings.

For more information go to: Teeling Whiskey

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