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I was excited to try this one: single grain whiskey finished in dark rum casks - how curious.
Nose: Lot of alcohol, sweet rum, chocolate, pineapple, raisins
Taste: Raisins, prunes, cinnamon, vanilla, sugar cane
Finish: Grain, floral
Unique. Not atypical Irish. There were some bad reviews posted online, but I decided to not let that deter me and to satisfy my curiosity. I feel it needs something more. It's hard to pick up what's going on here. I feel a bit muddled and the distiller wasn't sure which way to take this whiskey in. Or maybe he got some barrels of grain whiskey for a great price and had to make due with the stock - enter the flavoured finish.
As of the date of this review being published, and the bottle bottling itself, I am under the impression this distillery is not bottling its own spirit yet and is currently buying barrels and releasing them under their own name. So who knows where these barrels actually come from, perhaps some multi-national with tired old ex-Bourbon barrels on their fifth refill. I don't know, I just speculate. When the time comes, and Teeling is bottling whiskey from their own distillery, I'll be sure to come back and give it another look in.