Nose: sweet, vanilla, marzipan, spicy, hard green herbs, wet grain, hay, nuts, almonds, creamy, butter, brambles, milk-chocolate with soft caramel, (Rollo™), vanilla scented candles, more grain
Palate: sweet, vanilla, white chocolate, strong, sharp, spicy, dry grass, fruit, berries, citrus, pomelo, grapefruit, blood oranges
Finish: medium long, smooth, gentle, spicy, almond, speculaas biscuits, ginger
Conclusion: Very likeable. Sweet and gentle like most single grains, but because of the ex-wine cask maturation, this has received extra layers of spice and fruit notes that makes it rather unusual but enjoyable. The only other Irish single grain whiskey is Greenore which is very different beast as it has undergone a full maturation in ex-Bourbon barrels.
More info: This particular single grain is double distilled from maize and has fully matured in ex-Californian Cabernet Sauvignon wine barrels.
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.