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Té Bheag Nan Eilean

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@dbkReview by @dbk

9th Aug 2010

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Té Bheag (pronounced “chey vek”) is a blended scotch whisky, the source materials drawn from unnamed West Coast and Speyside distilleries, blended and bottled by Pràban na Linne of the Isle of Skye. Some of this whisky is matured in sherry casks, which may account for its beautifully deep, golden colour. It is medium-bodied and unchilfiltered.

The nose on this blend is delightful, reminiscent at times of ice wine. Alongside the sherry, there are notes of honey-coated apples, spiced cider, sultana raisins, and ginger. Sherry comes through on the palate as well, but here a waft of gentle peat smoke moves to the fore, intermingled with tinder and toasted pecans. Though the finish is leisurely and a touch sweet, this is a bracing dram.

In short, Té Bheag is a wonderful whisky—the nose, especially, is a real winer—and is rather well-priced. For such an astonishingly good value, I am amazed I haven’t come across more discussion about it. I searched Connosr cabinets and found that only six members own a bottle, five of which are Canadians (the sixth owner hasn’t listed his whereabouts, and other owners may not have added the bottle to their cabinets). This whisky is distributed fairly widely, however, so I would recommend readers grab a bottle while they can. When a blend is this good, one's usual disdain only gets in the way.

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4 comments

@Wills
Wills commented

Seems to be a bang for the buck. Did you also try the other expressions of Pràban na Linne? Like the MacNaMara (there is also a Rum version) and the Poit Dhubh?

6 years ago 0

@dbk
dbk commented

@Wills, it certainly is a whisky of enormous value. It bests the vast majority of blends at the same price point.

Unfortunately, I have yet to sample any of the other Pràban na Linne (Gaelic Whiskies) releases. I've generally heard good things, but the pricing in my local area has been less competitive with these releases than with the Té Bheag. If you do try them, please let us know what you think!

6 years ago 0

@Wills
Wills commented

I guess that I also have to start this range with the Te Bheag. Btw this bottle is tough to find on connosr, because of the apostrophe I beliefe. Was redirected here via google...

6 years ago 0

@dbk
dbk commented

Ha ha! Well, I know that @jean-luc and @piero are always looking for ways to improve Connosr. Be sure to inform them of your troubles here: support@connosr.com.

6 years ago 0

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