Teeling is slowly but surely building an ironclad reputation. A lot of credit goes to the so-called ‘family stocks’ from Cooley that remained behind when Beam-Suntory took over the distillery in 2011. Those stocks are now released under the Teeling label, while brothers Jack & Stephen are distilling themselves in their new distillery – since 2015 – in the heart of Dublin. I will try their Teeling single malt, bottled in 2019.
Very fruity nose on apples, melon, citrus and some banana and overripe cherries. Quite a few grassy notes and some vanilla. Heathery honey. White wine. A bit spicy and alcoholic.
Pretty powerful on the palate, actually. Very spicy on white pepper, nutmeg and ginger. The fruit now reminds me more of apricots, banana and apples. And some zestiness. Summer in your glass.
Medium long finish is which the fruit is totally overpowered by the spices and the oak, making it quite a dry finale.
Somewhere between the earlier batches I have tried. This Irish can be served both as an aperitif and with a sweet dessert. Apple pie and this Teeling work like a charm, believe me.