Blackpitts Teeling Whiskey Tasting Notes

November 5, 2021

Blackpitts Teeling Whiskey

Teeling Distillery

Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey (triple distilled)

46%

 

Tasting note compiled by Mark McLaughlin (@mark_whiskey)

 

Introduction

Inspired by the Blackpitts area of the Dublin Liberties near where the Teeling Whiskey Distillery is located. This is the first release of Peated Single Malt distilled in their Dublin Distillery and it comes with a distinct new bottle shape and packaging which I’m a big fan of. Important to note: Many of the core Teeling products were distilled in Cooley, Bushmills and Great Northern Distillery and are now matured or finished under the watchful eye of the team at Teeling Distillery.

Teeling Blackpitts is triple distilled and matured in ex-bourbon and ex-sauterne wine casks, bottled at 46%abv and non-chill filtered as with all the Teeling core range products. The ratio of casks has been stated to be 1 sauterne casks to every 2 bourbon casks which would lead you to expect quite an influence of the wine casks, we will soon see.

 

Color

Pale straw like dying grass just before it goes white.

 

Nose (Aromas)

Peat is quite soft with a fruity character initially, almost like caramelising a banana with a blow torch for an Ice cream sundae. I love to say I’m finding notes that leave me feeling surrounded by an orchard, but it’s more like very dry pear skins with a hint of baby sick. It’s got little touches of sugar, like candied peels but it’s quite green & vegetal, malty even.

 

Palate & Finish 

Opens with a hint of pepper, white grapes and the leafs from blackcurrants, its texture is a touch thin, lacking. There’s a little touch of ginger with a dry smoke throughout but it doesn’t add too much to the occasion. The bourbon casks offer up a touch of sweetness.

 

Verdict

It’s young peated whiskey which may have benefitted from a little more time in cask, although I feel maybe if they swapped the ratio of casks to favor the sauternes barrels it may have been quite a different affair. Having said that, it has its own identity and adds more depth to the peated whiskey category in Ireland.

 

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