A unique Whiskey and one of the first to be made at the Teeling Distillery, this is an exemplary Single Pot Still malt.
Teeling have breathed life back into the Irish Whiskey market and are the first distillery to be established in Dublin in over 125 years.
This might seem like a lot, but since the Irish Whiskey market more or less crashed and left only three brands leading the way, there haven’t been a lot of distillery openings.
This has all changed over the last five or so years, with the market seeing a massive boom in popularity.
The brand itself goes back to the 1700s, when the family first started distilling. Today they are owned and operated by brothers Jack and Stephen.
Having only been established in 2015, this is a very young brand. They have already proved to be popular and this bottling is the first to be made entirely at their own distillery.
The fact that they are one of the newest distilleries in Dublin also stands them in good stead, and this is the first Whisky that as been produced in the city for 50 years.
It was released to some fanfare, with the first 100 bottles being auctioned of in aid of local charities. The first bottle went for £10,000, making it the highest selling bottle of Whisky from a new distillery in the world.
The malt itself is excellent, with big note of caramel and oak wood. The mouth feel is also exceptionally smooth. It has been matured in virgin oak as well as ex-wine and ex-Bourbon casks.
The nose opens with bold, refreshing notes of white grapes and citrus fruits. it is well balanced and the fruits are perfect, with out being overripe.
This develops into softer notes of oak and vanilla, with hints of honey and dew covered grass.
The palate is rich and mellow, with malted grains and piecrust appearing. These sweet flavours grow alongside the oak and add a lovely depth.
More grapes and citrus fruits come in, with a slightly peppery warmth. The feel of the dram is wonderfully soft and smooth, owing to the triple distillation and not unlike many Irish drams.
Everything comes together in tandem to create an excellent backdrop for the sweet fruits and vanilla flavours to really shine.
The finish is strong, with more fruit and lots of pepper.
This is not a dram to miss, whether you’re adding it to your Whiskey collection or simply enjoying it yourself.