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Teeling Grand Cru Edition – Reichsrat von Buhl Riesling Finish

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

20th Mar 2022


Teeling Grand Cru Edition – Reichsrat von Buhl Riesling Finish
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Grand Cru Edition? Is that a new series from Teeling? This is certainly the first release in the Small Batch Series to be labeled 'grand cru' and that may have everything to do with the fact that this blended whiskey got a finish on Riesling wine barrels from Reichsrat von Buhl. That's a wine estate in Germany that takes its name from founder Franz Peter Buhl and can be found Pfalz, halfway between Frankfurt am Mein and Stuttgart. It is known for beautiful white wines from the Riesling grape and has been in operation since 1849.

The nose honestly makes me doubt a bit. On the one hand I get beautiful, sweet notes of yellow fruit, almonds, lime, menthol and white chocolate, but on the other hand I also get something like silver polish and aspartame. There's something in it that I can't immediately put my finger on, but I feel it bothers me slightly. Maybe I can identify that by taste.

It dances on the tongue. Light and playful with lots of citrus fruit and even some citric acid candy. Cinnamon and vanilla rear their heads, which makes it very sweet. But at the same time I get an alcoholic stimulus and a bitterness like from sweet chestnuts. But that indeterminate thing I discovered on the nose, I do not get back on the palate. All the better.

In the rather short finish, the oak still makes its mark. Slightly rotting oranges and a lot of wood spices that make it softly bitter and very dry.

Not bad, but not my cuppa. You pay about 50 EUR for this bottle. Thanks, Benny.

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