.teeling – 26yo – gold reserve

“This Gold bottling of 26 Year Old Irish Single Malt is limited to only 1,000 bottles and comes from a handful of casks selected for their unique quality. Distilled in 1987 and initially matured in bourbon barrels for 25 years this whiskey is given extra maturation in French white Burgundy wine casks for a further 12 months to add an extra layer of complexity. This unique marrying process creates a beautiful bouquet of tropical fruit flavours that complement the deep layered malt and wood noted in the long decadent finish.”

46% abv, €500, single malt, non-chill filtered, natural colour

Nose: sweet, vanilla, herbal, beeswax, citrus, fruit, granny smith apples, lychee, white grapes, chocolate, dried fruits, floral, roses, wax crayons, pencil shavings
Palate: dry, spicy, white pepper, sweet, honey, fruit, green apples, tropical fruit, mango, starfruit, citrus, lime juice, creamy mouthfeel, bees wax
Finish: chocolate, spicy, long, sweet, pencil shavings, wax crayons, liquorice, anise, lavender, sage, tropical fruit, lime, starfruit
Mark: ++++/+

Conclusion: a complex and huge whiskey. This is going to hurt my wallet; high on the price, only 1000 bottles available 26 years old Irish single malt of an undisclosed distillery, available somewhere in 2014. According to their reaction during the twitter tasting, “the Teeling Whiskey Company does not condone the selling of body parts or other people to fund the drinking of its whiskey” which is a shame, because either would be worth your while.
An even older bottling is planned (30 or 31 years of age) and that looks really promising, and I need at least a large sample of it when the time comes.

Fourth and last whisky in the #TeelingWhiskey twitter tasting, when it still was an unreleased sneak peak. 

After release, we had the pleasure to make notes again at the Whisky and Rum aan Zee festival, courtesy of Jock Shaw.


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