Nose: leather, sweet, slight peat smoke, salted parma ham, liquorice, eucalyptus, sweet, caramel, citrus,
Palate: sweet, spicy, vanilla, sweet, clover honey, floral, violets, nuts, rubber, fresh apricot, struck match, slight smoke, powdered sugar, citrus, pineapple, papaya (slight soapy)
Finish: floral, violets, bananas, long, complex, papaya, peat smoke
Conclusion: Complex, but very nicely balanced stuff. A bit pricy, but for a limited and rare whisk(e)y I have seen and paid larger amounts of money.
More info: the 21 year old has initially matured in ex-Bourbon barrels and is finished in ex-Sauternes wine casks, limited to 5000 bottles. There is a small percentage of peated malt used in the double distillation of this Irish single malt.
All Teeling whiskies are bottled at at least 46%, non-chill filtered and there is never any colorant added, because “we just think it makes a better whiskey” …gotta love ’em for that.
Jack Teeling, founder of the Teeling Whiskey Co., comes from a family long associated with Irish whiskey from Walter Teeling in 1782 who setup a distillery on Marrowbone Lane in Dublin to John Teeling who founded Cooley in 1987. Jack continues on the Teeling’s entrepreneurial spirit and while initially starting out as an Independent bottler and aims to get back into the distilling game to ensure a constant supply of Irish whiskey.