Because I’m awesome and have the most epic job in the world I get to work at whisky festivals. It’s a relatively new thing, but I’m loving it because it doesn’t feel like work.
So this Saturday I was in the Netherlands for ‘Whisky in Leiden.’ A great event on all fronts, hosted in a huge church with a bunch of amazing whiskies. I was with Bresser & Timmer on their stand and on the stand with me was Speciality Drinks and Teeling as well as a few other whiskies.
Knowing that I’ve only tried 8 Irish whiskies and 400 or so Scottish, I felt like I should make an effort with Teeling. Many thanks go to Shane, the awesome guy presenting the whiskies for Teeling.
Teeling Small Batch Blended Whisky 46%
Colour: Light Gold
Nose: Sugar cane, white rum, clean column still spirit, toffee apple.
Taste: Light, white rum really comes through, green apple, lemon, spice building.
Finish: Medium length. Some alcohol and lemon.
Finished in Rum casks. A fun twist on tradition.
Teeling 2004 Single Sherry Cask 57.1%
Nose: Intensely fresh! Tonnes and tonnes of green apple, fresh lemon and some lime, melon too.
Water: Some underipe orange.
Taste: Soft arrival, really fresh and lively, green apple, acidic citrus, lemon juice, spicy malt, sour underipe citrus, dry oak.
Water: Softens but doesn’t change it much.
Finish: Long length. Wow! Really steps it up with the first bite of an acidic green apple, lovely sour finish.
Single malt from a Sherry cask but not a trace of Sherry that I can detect.
Teeling Revival 13 46%
Colour: Light Gold
Nose: Loads of pear drops, very fresh, fruity and sweet, green apple but also those smaller yellow ones.
Taste: Soft pear, then those yellow and green apples come through, some dry oak builds too.
Finish: Medium/Long length. Spice kick then more dry oak.
Finished in apple and pear Calvados casks for 1 year.
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