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I recall a random online post about Teeling a couple of years ago when I was just getting into whiskey. That post and the subsequent interaction with the poster I still recall vividly.
Since then, I have met said poster and tried a couple of the whiskies Teeling has to offer. Before I get into the nitty-gritty of it, there are some iconic Irish whiskies…the likes of Midleton (my favourite), Redbreast, Powers, Jameson and Bushmills. Teeling is not just right up there with some of them, it surpasses most.
If you ask for my opinion on what Irish whiskey to get, I’ll tell you straight up in terms of my preference so far – 1, Midelton Very Rare; 2, Redbreast 12 Cask Strength; 3, Bushmills 16. They are all expensive…throw in Teeling and you’ve not only got quality, but as good a value for money as you’re likely to get with ANY whiskey, not just Irish.
Disregard those top 3, and Teeling wins hands down in terms of value and quality. Let’s put in proper perspective. Here’s how many bottles of Teeling Small Batch you could buy for the price of those top 3 – Midelton Very Rare (4), Redbreast 12 CS (2), Bushmills 16 (3). So, there you go – 9 bottles (probably 10 if you really want to get into it) for the same price as 3!
It’s really a no-brainer! I’m not a whiskey snob. I don’t care if it’s grain, blend or single malt. What matters to me is the quality of what’s in the bottle…and this Teeling Small Batch is right up there. It’s one of ‘those’ whiskies that make me smile…and it keeps that smile on my face.
Most Irish whiskey, apart from the cask strength, is bottled at 40% ABV, but Teeling notches it up to 46% – and it makes a hell of a difference.
Teeling Small Batch is non-chill filtered (winner already), finished in rum casks (I also love rum) and, as I said, bottled at a higher percentage. For me, it ticks all the boxes in terms of aroma, flavour and finish.
APPEARANCE: Light. Early morning sunshine.
NOSE: Rum and pear, and that pear aromas is fresh, mashed pear. Lots of aroma. Add molasses and parma violets and you’ve good one hell of a beautiful nose.
PALATE: Sweet and heat. Mashed pear soaked in rum and drizzled in brown sugar syrup. Those lovely flavours bring a beautiful warming heat which, like the flavour, lingers and combine perfectly. This dram is truly stunning.
OVERALL: For me, this is the best Irish whiskey you can get in terms of quality v value for money. Knocks bigger so-called premium Irish whiskies right out of the park. Ask me right now what my go-go Irish whiskey would be, and this would be it. Stuff like this is what whiskey drinking and enjoyment is all about. It is sublime! This, for me, is one of ‘those’ whiskies. I just love it.
PC RATING: 92/100 ( (A).
SAMPLE SOURCE: My own collection.
DISCLAIMER: I am not a whiskey expert, just a guy who loves whiskey and writing about it from a completely personal point of view. All opinions expressed are mine and the only influence on what rating I give comes purely from what I think of what’s in the bottle.