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Teeling Small Batch

Irishman shipwrecked in Caribbean

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@FrostReview by @Frost

25th Oct 2015

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  • Nose
    19
  • Taste
    19
  • Finish
    19
  • Balance
    18
  • Overall
    75

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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.

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4 comments

@cherylnifer
cherylnifer commented

While Teeling Whiskey Distillery is new, I think further research would lead to understanding the role the Teeling family (in particular John) has had in the Irish Whiskey industry over the past several decades. Given that the Teelings walked away with a lot of both cash and distilled/aged spirits from their sale of Cooley Distillery to Beam, I might hazard a guess as to the originating source of some/all of the small batch whiskey you sampled.

4 years ago 0

@cherylnifer
cherylnifer commented

@Frost: gotta agree with you that this is not the best whiskey offered by Teeling Whiskey. But my understanding is the Small Batch expression is a blended whiskey with approximately a one third malt whiskey to two thirds grain recipe. The Teeling Single Grain expression is a much different animal. IMHO, it is much better than this, the Small Batch blend. I highly recommend it for those looking to sample a decent single grain whiskey.

4 years ago 0

@Frost
Frost commented

@cherylnifer I am interested to try the other Teeling's range.

4 years ago 0

@Frost
Frost commented

AMMENDMENT: should read "Blended whiskey finished in dark rum casks"

NOT single grain

4 years ago 0

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