Teeling Single Grain Tasting Notes
Teeling Single Grain
Tasting note compiled by Mark McLaughlin (@mark_rye)
Part of the now famed Teeling Trilogy, what started as an experiment during Alex Chasko’s, Teeling’s Master Distiller, time at Cooley Distillery but was soon released as part of the Teeling Core range.
Made from a mash of 95% maize with 5% malted barley, column distilled and matured in ex-cabernet sauvignon barrels, which were made from French oak that had matured the Californian Red Wine. Bottled at 46%abv and non-chill filtered.
Golden colour with a slight red hue.
Clean soft wood spices, sugary sweetness, with slight berry undertones. There’s plentiful vanilla and toasted wood character with a pleasing touch of spice, a little more developed than some single grain noses.
Palate & Finish
Very delicate, sweet vanilla and red berries, not quite tart like raspberry but soft like strawberries, almost like strawberry ice-cream smashed between to pieces of wafer. The soft European oak spices from the cask play a role but a minor one. Finishes with a dry touch of tannin which allows the flavours to linger.
It wouldn’t be the most complex whiskey in the world, especially on the palate but I think that’s maybe what they were going for. Something that stands out a touch from the traditional ex-bourbon matured grain whiskeys we are used to and adding a little touch of depth. Definitely worth trying, maybe in your local Irish Whiskey bar before committing to a bottle and see what you think!
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