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Teeling Single Grain with a red wine finish is non-chill filtered and it has no added colour. Not the most usual dram, you will bump into. Single grain whisky with a Californian Cabernet Sauvignon cask finish.
This Irish whiskey has the minimum age of 6 years. First, it felt like it was going to be like a bad blended grain whisky. Fortunately after a watery start in the nose, it started to show some character, like a good malt or rye whisky usually does.
Not a complex dram, but epic. Keeping you on your toes – like watching JCVD the movie. Where Jean-Claude Van Damme plays himself as a actor out of luck. And the first thing that comes to mind: "okay, it is going to be another 'Van Damme kicking' film". But no, it is witty and original.
With some kicking of course. But it's in a funny and original plot. That's what this Teeling Single Grain whiskey also does. It is JCVD.
Nose: Watery and stingy first, very grainy. Fortunately the grains fade away quickly, giving room for smooth and soft wine with red grapes and vanilla. Sweetness is mixed with spices. Resembles rye a lot. Water brings out sweet Cabernet even more.
Taste: For a brief moment, again it feels like a bad grain blend watery taste. Nicely enough it turns into buttery and sweet notes. And in the end, spices resembling rye again. Berries and fruits with spices. Water brings out more sweetness and red wine on the palate.
Finish: Medium in length. Dry and sour with berries. Spices running quickly down the throat.
Balance: A straight shooter, giving brief warnings of bad grain, but thankfully turns into sweet and spicy character. Irish whiskey with a "rye kinda feel" and that's probably, what makes me like it more than I otherwise would.