Whisky Review – Teeling Small Batch Whiskey

Teeling Small Batch Whiskey
46% ABV
Non-chill Filtered
No added colouring
£31.75 from MasterOfMalt

This small batch Irish whiskey is finished in ex-Flor de Cana Rum casks.

Nose.

Sweet, fruity. Orangey. Very different to other fruity drams though. Sweet citrus. Sweet ginger. Pepper. The fruits are quite boiled up with lots of sugar. Jammy. Marmalade, but without any bitter edges. With time in the glass more spiced apples and red fruits all jammed up in a lovely chutney of fruitiness.

Palate.

Sweet and dry. Drier than I thought it would be. Very fruity, a little bit of bitterness mid-development. Arrival has some hot spices, pepper, chilli, ginger, some light sugars to those spices. The complex fruit jam mix continues all the way through arrival/development and into the finish. Apples, oranges, lemon, red berries. Lots of jams without the bits. With further sips some creaminess comes in, it’s a real mixed fruit pie with custard whiskey!

Finish.

Light, crisp, fruity medium length finish. With some jammy sweets hanging around at the end and some spicy drying oak moments. A little creaminess and chest hugging warmth. Slight bitter tannins at the very end.

Adding water.

Couple of drops. The hotter spices on the nose are more calmed down now, which allows more of the fruity depths to be experienced. The palate is also fruitier, slightly sweeter, with the previous bitter mid-development less so prominent. Very chewy, lots of oiliness in the mouthfeel. Awesome stuff. The diluted finish is still very crisp, inviting and moreish. Creaminess still very much the end finale, again with the tannins toned down. This dram benefits greatly from a small drop of water.

Conclusion.

This blended jam is excellent! So much fruit is going on in this dram it’s quite overwhelming and much time can be taken to deconstruct its parts. Or if the mood is more enjoyment, it is more than amply perfect to do that as well. A very excellent sipping whiskey, lots to do here, and much to enjoy.

Great thanks to Teeling for providing the review sample.

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