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.

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GSN Backbar Review: September 7-11, 2015

downloadLebanon, Kentucky-based Limestone Branch Distillery has unveiled its new Yellowstone Limited Edition Kentucky Straight Bourbon, featuring a blend of 7-year-old rye, 7-year-old wheated and 12-year-old rye whiskies. Limited to 6,000 bottles, the new entry will officially debut later this month during the Kentucky Bourbon Festival and retail at around $105.

download (1)Diageo North America, which earlier this year released a single-grain Scotch called Haig Single Grain ($50), is readying the launch in October of a second all-grain brand called Port Dundas, named for one of the Diageo-owned distilleries. Port Dundas will be offered in both 12-year-old and 18-year-old expressions, bottled at 43% abv with no prices set yet.

download (2)In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Laphroaig single malt brand, Beam Suntory is introducing a Laphroaig 32-year-old to the U.S. later this month. Retailing at $1,200, it will join the Laphroaig 15-year-old ($80), which has been on shelves since July. Meanwhile, Beam announced that supplies of the Laphroaig 18-year-old ($110) have run dry and that the product is no longer being offered. No replacement is expected next year, the company said.

download (3)Beam Suntory will also introduce a new Bowmore single malt later this month. Called Bowmore Mizunara, it carries no age statement and is bottled at 53.9% abv, with a retail price of $1,000. Aged in the rare Japanese wood, the new Mizunara expression is limited to just 33 cases for the entire U.S., and there are no plans for more.

imagesPernod Ricard’s Jameson Irish whiskey is rolling out its new Caskmates extension nationwide in the U.S. The brainchild of Dave Quinn, master of whiskey science at Jameson Distillery, and Shane Long, head brewer at Irish microbrewery Franciscan Well, Caskmates was created after Jameson casks were sent to Franciscan Well to age the brewer’s Irish stout beer. The ex-Irish stout barrels were then sent back to Jameson Distillery, where Jameson Original was aged in the returned casks, creating Caskmates. The new expression, which began shipping in late August, is priced at $29.99 and will be available nationwide.

download (4)Louisville, Kentucky-based Copper & Kings American Brandy Company is releasing its first aged apple brandy expression this fall. The 100-proof blend of copper pot-distilled apple brandies was aged in ex-Bourbon barrels and Oloroso Sherry butts and Sherry casks, with the resulting liquid a minimum of four years old. Copper & Kings Craft Distilled American Apple Brandy will retail about $40 a 750-ml. bottle in the 20 markets within the company’s distribution footprint across the South, Midwest and Northeast.

download (5)Washington state’s Woodinville Whiskey Co. is introducing its flagship Straight Bourbon. The five-year-old Bourbon was made of ingredients solely sourced from Washington, and was aged in-state in full-size barrels. Retailing at around $55 a bottle, the new entry will be hitting retailers by the middle of this month.

download (6)The Teeling Whiskey Co. has debuted Teeling Single Malt—the third addition to its range of non-age statement Irish whiskies—nationwide. Retailing at $65, Teeling Single Malt is made with malt whiskey aged for up to 23 years, which has been matured in five different types of casks, including Sherry, Port, Madeira, White Burgundy and Cabernet Sauvignon. The 46%-abv entry joins existing Small Batch and Single Grain labels in Teeling’s premium Irish whiskey portfolio.

download (8)Bacardi USA is readying the release of single malt Scotches from distilleries that contribute to the company’s Dewar’s blended Scotch brand. The single malts are slated for a U.S. market rollout in October and November. The Aultmore will be introduced in 12-year-old ($50) and 18-year-old ($175) expressions, followed by the Deveron with the same age statements and prices. The final release will be the Royal Brackla, the first distillery in the 19th century to receive a royal warrant. It will be offered in a 12-year-old version at $60 and a 16-year-old at $200.

white-logoOn October 1, Mauertown, Virginia-based Filibuster Distillery will release Bourbon-rye blend The Boondoggler, aged in American oak and finished in a mix of wine barrels including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pedro Ximenez and Fino Sherry. Filibuster says the whiskey is expected to draw experimental drinkers with its eclectic mix of barrel types. Filibuster’s other offerings include Dual Cask Bourbon and Dual Cask Rye, both finished in red and white wine-seasoned French oak.

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily

GSN Backbar Review: October 13-17, 2014

indexBeam Suntory’s Bowmore single malt Scotch has launched Bowmore Small Batch, a new core offering. Matured in both first- and second-fill Bourbon casks, Bowmore Small Batch offers what the company calls an “accessible embodiment” of the brand’s Islay taste profile, featuring notes of peat smoke, salt, citrus and vanilla. The new addition is currently available nationwide, priced at $39.99 a 750-ml. Bowmore Small Batch joins the Bowmore 12-year-old, 15-year-old, 18-year-old, 25-year-old and Legend labels in the brand’s core lineup.

indexWilliam Grant & Sons USA is unveiling a new limited edition of the Lillet aperitif brand this month, Jean de Lillet 2010. The reserve edition is made from 2010 Sauternes wine blended with Lillet’s house-made citrus liqueur. Best served chilled as an aperitif or in cocktails, Jean de Lillet 2010 will be available at select retailers nationwide at $40 a bottle.

indexDiageo has unveiled a new limited edition luxury variant under its Johnnie Walker Scotch whisky brand, John Walker & Sons Private Collection 2014. A blend of 29 casks selected by Johnnie Walker master blender Jim Beveridge, Private Collection 2014 is a 46.8% abv whisky packaged in individually numbered decanters retailing at $850 each. 8,888 bottles of the limited-edition offering are being released.

indexWilliam Grant & Sons is releasing three upscale additions to its Balvenie single malt Scotch whisky brand this month: Tun 1509, Single Barrel Traditional Oak Aged 25 Years, and The Balvenie Fifty Cask 4567. Tun 1509 was created from 42 casks selected by Balvenie malt master David Stewart. The resulting blend was bottled at a natural strength of 47.1% abv and is priced at $350. Single Barrel Traditional Oak Aged 25 Years is a limited edtion of 300 hand-numbered bottles, each of which is 47.8% abv and retails at $599. The Balvenie Fifty Cask 4567, meanwhile, is a Sherry oak-aged expression presented in handblown glass, with only 131 bottles produced and 15 headed to the U.S. Cask 4567 carries an abv of 45.4% and a retail price of $38,000.

indexPernod Ricard’s Chivas Brothers has extended its Chivas Regal blended Scotch brand with a new super-premium offshoot. Rolling out this month, Chivas Regal Extra marks the brand’s first global release since the debut of Chivas 25-year-old in 2007. The 40%-abv addition, which is made with a blend of select whiskies and matured in Oloroso Sherry casks. Chivas Regal Extra is the fifth entry in Chivas Regal’s core portfolio, positioned between Chivas 12 and Chivas 18.

indexSan Francisco-based Anchor Distilling Co. is launching Berry Bros. & Rudd’s Blue Hangar 10th Limited Release blended malt whisky exclusively in the U.S. this month. At just 4,398 bottles, Blue Hangar 10th Limited Release is made with whiskies from a variety of distilleries, including Bunnahabhain 1987, Bunna Moine 2007, Mortlach 1997, Bunnahabhain 1988, Westport 1996 and a 2007 blended malt comprised of Bunnahabhain, Glenallachie, Glenfarclas, Glengoyne and Tamdhu. The 45.6%-abv entry, which is priced at $99.99 a bottle, marks the second Blue Hangar edition launched in the the U.S.

indexThe Teeling Whiskey Co. has extended its range of non-age statement Irish whiskies with a new single malt offering. Teeling Single Malt is made with aged malt whiskey matured for up to 23 years in Sherry, Port, Madeira, white Burgundy and Cabernet Sauvignon casks. The 46%-abv entry marks the third release in Teeling’s lineup, joining its Small Batch and Single Grain labels.

indexNew York City-based vermouth producer Rhys & Rylee has launched a new reserve offering under its core Atsby New York Vermouth lineup. A limited edition, Atsby New York’s 2-Year Aged Reserve Armadillo Cake Vermouth is priced at $45 a 500-ml. bottle and marks the third expression within the Atsby New York portfolio, joining the existing Amberthorn and Armadillo Cake labels.

indexNew Jersey-based marketer Riondo USA has forayed into the spirits category via a new partnership with Dirty Tequila. Created by restaurant and bar owner George Duerr, Dirty Tequila is a blue agave Silver Tequila, infused with cinnamon, pineapple and additional flavors and sweeteners, including agave nectar. The entry is packaged in a 750-ml. beer-style bottle and priced at under $23. Currently available across New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, California, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado and Oklahoma, Dirty Tequila is set to enter 20 new markets next year.

indexTexas-based JEM Beverage Co. has added a trio of new craft spirits to its portfolio. Priced between $18.99-$22.99 a bottle, JEM’s Brazos Gin is a 40%-abv entry made with nine botanicals, including juniper, coriander, rosemary and cardamom, among others. Concurrently, JEM has expanded its Red River whiskey lineup with the launch of Red River Single Barrel ($39.99), a new super-premium label, and Red River Texas Bourbon Cream Liqueur ($29.99), a limited edition seasonal infused with pecan and vanilla flavors. JEM Beverage’s portfolio—which also includes the Southern Son vodka, Western Son vodka, South House moonshine and Stingray spiced rum brands—is currently available across Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Nevada and Massachusetts.

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily