Drankdozijn, the well-known Dutch online beverage shop, also found its way to the warehouses of the Irish Teeling, bottling this 12-year-old powerhouse. The single malt whiskey first matured for 9 years on American oak and then got a finish of 3 years on PX sherry casks, which explains its beautiful copper color. It is again my good friend Benny – aka Mr Teeling Belgium (a name I gave him myself, by the way) – who provided me with a generous sample.
The nose is rather intense, but in addition to gently sweet especially umami. Reminiscent of meat gravy. Or even broth. Fruit is not the first thing that comes to mind, I must confess. After a few minutes of breathing I get some oranges and a lost fig, but this is mainly chewing tobacco and chicken soup.
Despite the towering ABV, it arrives softly. Dangerously smooth, even. I'm surprised by that. But just like the nose, it is also not really sweet in taste, but especially umami again. Roast beef, Worchestershire sauce and broth. There is even, if I may be very honest, a small off-note in it that I can not immediately put my finger on. The fact that I reluctantly (well, sorta) take another sip says enough.
The finish is long and gently seasoned.
I can't get rid of the impression that the PX barrel has partly killed this Teeling. It’s not bad, but far from great. Thanks anyway, Benny.