GSN Review: Teeling Blackpitts Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey

Teeling Whiskey recently announced the release of a new expression of Teeling Whiskey and their first release of Peated Single Malt, Blackpitts. Blackpitts joins the very limited offerings of Peated Single Malt from Ireland that are currently available and helps revive an ancient way of making Irish whiskey, using smoke created by burning peat or turf, as it is widely known, while malting the barley. This was a practice extensively used in Ireland before the wide availability and use of coal in the Irish whiskey industry.

Inspired by the ancient Blackpitts area just behind the new Teeling Whiskey Distillery based in Newmarket in the old Liberties area of Dublin City, this area was synonymous with many industries and in particular malting houses. Blackpitts was traditionally home to some of the largest barley malting houses in Ireland. By using smoke from peat to dry the barley during the malting process, the resulting peated malt produces a distinctive smoky taste profile, which is the signature of a Peated Single Malt.

However, what makes Teeling Blackpitts special is the triple distillation process, which gives it distinct character from traditional Scottish Peated Single Malt. This is combined with signature Teeling cask maturation using both ex-bourbon and ex-Sauternes white wine casks, then bottled at 46% with no chill filtration. The inspiration for the use of these casks came from a previous bottling of Teeling 24-Year-Old Single Malt which was honoured as the “World’s Best Single Malt” in 2019 at the World Whiskies Awards.

Bottled in a traditional dark green bottle, it has a distinctive screen printing design and metallic label and tin to make it stand out from the rest of the Teeling Whiskey range. Blackpitts Peated Single Malt will be available in Ireland at the Teeling Whiskey Distillery and available for online purchase at The Celtic Whiskey Shop. Blackpitts whiskey will hit US shelves in January 2021 and will be available for purchase on ReserveBar at that time.

Teeling Blackpitts (92 proof)
Appearance: Pale gold.
Aroma: Medium amount of peat reek with a smooth, malty finish. The Sauternes adds a high, softly fruity note. Overall, though the lasting impression is of smoke.
Taste: Exceptionally smooth and balanced entry with notes of honey, caramel and vanilla cake. The peat creates a patina of darker color, but is surprisingly reticent on the palate. It really only comes through at the tail end of the tasting.
Finish: Medium long, with the creosote flavor ending on the far back of the palate.
Overall: Quite tasty. Of the few peated Irish we’ve had, this one is excellent. This will appeal to lovers of both Irish whiskey and Highland Scotch lovers.
GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Teeling Whiskey