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Teeling Single Grain

Exotic Smooth

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@MaltActivistReview by @MaltActivist

16th May 2014

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  • Nose
    23
  • Taste
    24
  • Finish
    24
  • Balance
    23
  • Overall
    94

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I don't know a hell of a lot of about Teeling Irish Whiskey. Actually I don't know a hell of a lot about Irish Whiskey either. And I sure as hell do not know much about grain whiskey let alone single grain whiskey.

So I was very intrigued when I found out that an Irish Single Grain had been making quite a bit of noise of late by winning the World Whisky Awards Best Grain Whiskey.

What's interesting is that most grain whiskies are blended but this one is a single grain - meaning it's from the same distillery. What is even more interesting is that it's spent pretty much all it's life in Californian Cabernet Sauvignon casks (which would explain the reddish hue when you hold it up to the light).

Teeling refuse to tell me how old it is and, frankly, I don't think you need to care. And what I really like is the $65USD price tag on this whiskey which is a pleasant contrast to exorbitant NAS expressions of late. And for that I will give it an extra point (not that it needs it!).

Nose: This one makes you wait. Almost teasing you because you can feel there's something special hidden down there but it's not ready to present itself yet. Twenty minutes later it's resolve weakens and it starts to open up. Very sweet vanilla and black pepper with hints of fresh coconut shavings. Followed by butterscotch on brown cereal and finely chopped almonds. Wait a bit longer for red grapes, apples and creme brulee with a hint of cigar leaf. The aromas are delicately layered on top of one another in near perfect harmony.

Palate: One of the great deliveries of late. Unlike the nose the spirit pounces on your palate in a dizzying tumble of flavors. First the apples and walnuts layered in expertly between soft slices of banana bread drizzled with a winey nectar. Almost sherry like. The grapes are back (both red and green) accompanied by a strong dark cinnamon & licorice dusted with cocoa powder.

Finish: Restrained at first but boisterous after a bit. Pinging the mouth with chocolate and mocha prickles.

This expression has such an exotic flavor I'm not sure how to describe it. It takes you totally by surprise. What ever these guys are doing with those Californian Cabernet Sauvignon casks they're on to something.

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2 comments

Anxyous commented

I agree very much - hugely enjoyable whiskey at an affordable price.

I'm a big fan of wine cask-matured whiskey, but this is something different indeed - the wine influence is much more subtle than usual, and it works like a charm. Lovely stuff.

8 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

Very interesting. I've thought for 4 years that wine cask aging would work very well with pure corn whiskey, because corn, like barley, is a good passive vessel for accepting other, bigger, flavours. I'd love to see it in Cask Strength. My own product would be named "Corn'bunadh".

7 years ago 0

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