Sunday, 15 December 2013


Another day, another twitter tasting.
Once again the magic top hat of Steve Rush of @TheWhiskyWire was kind enough to select one of us to join a whisky tasting, this time with a lineup of four whiskies from the Teeling Whiskey Company, an Irish company founded by an Irish Teeling family, formerly known from the Cooley distillery, that was sold to Beam inc. in Januari 2012 for $95 million.

Jack Teeling, founder of the Teeling Whiskey Company, comes from the family long associated with Irish whiskey from Walter Teeling in 1782 who setup a distillery on Marrowbone Lane in Dublin to John Teeling who founded Cooley in 1987. Jack continues on the Teeling’s entrepreneurial spirit and while initially starting out as an independent bottler and aims to get back into the distilling game with their own distillery to be built in Dublin, to ensure a constant supply of Irish whiskey.

All Teeling whiskies are bottled at at least 46%, non-chill filtered and there is never any colorant added, because "we just think it makes a better whiskey" ...gotta love 'em for that.

The first and third whiskies in this lineup we had tasted before by courtesy of @JockShaw at @Maltstock 2013, and were already very impressed with the samples we tasted. Still, the surprise was enormous when the wee jars were opened and we got to taste these and the other whiskies that were selected for us.

The Teeling Whiskey Company's entry whiskey, and the first one of the evening, is a very nice and affordable Irish single grain whiskey, paired with Desire by U2

A very likeable whiskey. Sweet and gentle like most single grains, but because of the ex-wine cask maturation, this has received extra layers of spice and fruit notes that makes it rather unusual but enjoyable.

Second in the lineup was a small batch blend with a rum cask finish with the fitting scores of Whiskey in the Jar by Thin Lizzy
If you are into drinking Cuba Libres, this might just fit into your palate. Quite likely this is triggered by the use of ex-Flor de Cana Rum casks for the extra maturation and marriage of the Irish malt and grain whiskies for at least six months in the Teeling warehouses at the Irish Sea.

Next in line: the current showpiece of the Teeling lineup: the silver reserve, 21 years old single malt Irish whiskey. Music: Dirty Old Town by The Dubliners

Complex, but very nicely balanced stuff. A bit pricy, but for a limited and rare whisk(e)y I have seen and paid larger amounts of money.

Life is good this month for yourt average whisky blogger. Last stop of this tasting is the future flagship of Teeling's lineup, with the music of Luke Kelly's Auld Triangle

A complex and huge whiskey. This is going to hurt my wallet; for about €500, only 100 bottles will be available of this 26 years old Irish single malt of an undisclosed distillery, 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.


All in all this tasting was another huge success. the Teeling Whiskey Company clearly has a good taste in whisk(e)y and know where to source the best single malt and grain whiskies from Ireland. Their 'simplest' whiskey is a gem already, their flagship is a true masterpiece, promising a lot of good products for the future.

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