Teeling Brabazon Bottling Series 03

Overall rating
85.46/100
votes
144
Whiskybase ID
WB157702
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Teeling Whiskey Company (TWCo)
Bottled
2020
Stated Age
14 years old
Casktype
Bourbon, Pedro Ximénez Sherry Finish
Number of bottles
10000
Strength
49.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5391523276146
Added on
07 may 2020 1:57 pm by Glen Fahrn Germany
Non-chillfiltered

Average value

CHF 92.66

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Whisky reviews for Teeling Brabazon Bottling Series 03

37 users have left 38 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.46 points.

  1. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Commendably, for this bottling Teeling sourced real bodega / solera casks that held real PX (not just seasoning sherry) for about 90 years, and guess what: it shows.
    If you're looking for an example of what *actual* old sherry casks can contribute to an otherwise unexceptional and still fairly young liquid, this is it. Similarly priced as many other "modern" sherried bottlings, but heads and shoulders above the rest in terms of quality and character.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Lots of really, really old sherry-soaked wood. Glue, crema di balsamico, stewed figs and plums, ripe oranges spiked with cloves, damp old oak, musty wine cellar, squished grapes (including the skins), clove, cinnamon, parsley, baked apple, and ripe melon. The three-year (!) finish definitely dominates everything, but it's far from over-sherried, as you can already tell from the color. Instead, the old oak is allowed to shine. Water reigns in the damp, musty aspect and coaxes out more dried and stewed fruits.
      I have to say, I've never before encountered a younger bottling with such lovely old-age aromas. A surprising success.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Musty old oak up front, then it becomes juicy and jammy and sweet and spicy. Plenty of roasted nuts and sweet fruit in the middle, either in dried or preserved form: plums, figs, dates, raisins... But also a more acidic aspect, perhaps like blackcurrant. All that's rounded off by a nice herbal spiciness: clove, laurel, cinnamon, pickled ginger. More on chocolate and coffee toward the end. I can recommend a drop of water to smooth things out.
      Very nice in its own right; exceptional at this age.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium to long (especially when considering that this is merely 14 years old), with herbal honey, sour grape, menthol, and (duh) old oak.

      Edit: After a while, the mustiness veers off into scruffy / moldy impressions, which kind of ruins the fun for me. But experience tells me that I appear to be over-sensitive in this regard, so you should definitely check this out for yourself and form your own opinion.

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  3. Boletus did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    An impressive malt in its own right, boasting barrel flavors unrelated to the overly sweet modern PX finishes that I really like. I don't find the very low sulfur components particularly disturbing either, only the aftertaste with its persistent modern note is a small drop of bitterness for me, which slows down my drinking pleasure and my enthusiasm a little.
    • Nose
      Noticeably rotten oak, a little musty appearing like logs that have become damp, this old-fashioned oak aroma is really pleasant despite its musty side and is otherwise only very rarely found in modern whiskys, there is also a very appealing mixture of light fruits and sticky sweet dried fruit, ''Golden Delicious'' apples with a penchant for flouriness, peaches and honeydew melon, pear, a bit of pineapple, dates, raisins, fig jam and plum jam, a few roasted almonds are also mixed in, a drop of balsamic vinegar that has matured for a very long time in wooden barrels, crumbs of dry Rolling tobacco, a lump of a bouillon cube, there is always a small moment of sulphur, but that is neither the aroma of rotten eggs nor of lit matches, more like the smack of sulphurized dried apricots and this scent only disturbs me peripherally in this low intensity
    • Taste
      In the mouth, the smell initially continues, a minimal sulphurous tendency of a brittle jelly can be seen in addition to a fine light fruitiness with crumbly apples and pears, peaches, the sweetness continues to increase, dried dates and raisins displace the fresh fruits, preserved figs, at the same time but from the beginning this morbid oak note is always present, not too obtrusive, but still adding images of wormy wood, nutty sides with almonds and walnuts are just as present as dark milk chocolate, the distillate is very fine and attractively matured, tobacco, spices such as allspice and Nutmeg builds up and takes up more and more space, bay leaf, a pinch of ground cloves and some cinnamon, together with the sweetness and the subtle meaty note, it reminds a bit of game stock that has been seasoned with a small dollop of cranberry or currant jelly
    • Finish
      Adequate length, the peaches and apricots appear for a brief moment, followed by the sweet venison gravy with a small sour accent and a heap of spices such as allspice, bay leaf and cloves, nutmeg, forest honey, a little balsamic vinegar, lots of wood spice with cocoa and leather and Tobacco, then the sweetness of the dates and raisins settles before finally the dissolving oak wood returns and leaves a musty, musty aftertaste that really lingers in the mouth

  4. JBKwb scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  5. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    07.04.2022
    • Nose
      Tangerines, caramel, vanilla crescents, cereals, a few nuts, a few dried herbs, some wood, after the first sip a bit of wild berry jam
    • Taste
      Green apple, orange, passion fruit, grapefruit, nuts, some herbs, wood

  6. hogsheadwhisky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very interesting Irishman. For me, he is the most accessible representative of the Brabazon series right from the start. While I sometimes had to get used to the whisky of its predecessors over time, I like this bottling right away. The PX finish is formative. But it's still not an absolute sherry bomb of the modern clumsy kind.
    • Nose
      86 86
      While the youth of the two predecessors was clearly evident through a sharp, almost metallic, note on the nose, the 14 years of maturation of the Series 03 are evident through a gentle, soft smell. The alcohol with almost 50% is hardly noticeable and well integrated. A little shy at the beginning, a tangy, fresh zest of lemon and a light mineral lime note - also found in No. 01 and No. 02 - appear first. If you let a little time pass and oxygen enters the glass, the malt opens up and great sweet aromas of caramelized nuts and dried plums with lots of vanilla come to the fore - but that's where the PX finish really comes into its own! There are also raisins and a hint of apricots in the scent. And in the background maybe a hint of light sulphur, but just a hint, not unpleasant, even promotes the complexity.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Very sweet, almost syrupy start with a creamy mouthfeel. The dried fruits like figs, dates, raisins and plums are presented together with dark chocolate and pickled caramelized nuts. This is followed by strong, spicy aromas such as kitchen herbs and pickled ginger for the pleasant spiciness.
      But also dark chocolate - here you can taste the oak wood of the barrels. Roasted caramelized hazelnuts with cinnamon and nutmeg complete the flavor spectrum.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Slightly higher cocoa content in the dark chocolate on the finish. Still the sweet raisins as well as nuts and nutmeg, becoming drier towards the end. Mid-length finish.

  7. molpet scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Frankly speaking, I bought it only to find out how a whisky from extremely old Sherry casks would taste like. It is like biting into an old piece of wood. Very bitter, woody, musty. The worst thing here is that I've got a hint of Sulphur, which I do not appreciate at all. The best thing about this whisky was the packaging - this already tells you all you need to know...
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79

  8. Ficelli scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Sherry with a hint of sulfur, could be anything, not bad just not very interesting

  10. dram-drinker scored this whisky 85 points Photo Moderator

    Starts really good on the nose, can't catch up on the palate and in the finish
    • Nose
      87 87
      Nutty, fine woody, tobacco, toffee, raisins, sandalwood, stewed fruits, spicy, cloves, pepper, chocolate, little meaty, orange zest - really good
    • Taste
      85 85
      Little punchy, oily, subtle sweetness, dried fruits, raisins, little, nutty, sherry wood, spices, cloves, little cinnamon, pepper, hints of leather
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium long, warm, spicy, more raisins, more leathery notes

  11. Cubey666 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
      sweet, sugar, grapes, raisins, apples plums,
    • Taste
      85 85
      quite some apples, fresh fruits, sweet chocolate
    • Finish
      82 82
      quite dry, dark chocolate, bit hard, medium long

  12. boozegeeksouth scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    I'm not a heavy sherry fan in general, so I knew this wasn't going to be a big hit for me. On my first few sips, I was convinced that I really disliked this - the musty sherry wasn't my thing at all. After letting it sit and drinking some water, the sherry is (a little) more refined.
    • Nose
      85 85
      A nice nose, the sherry fruits are nice, though there's a hint of mustiness lurking in the background that's not my thing.
    • Taste
      83 83
      At first, not my thing at all and I considered dumping the dram and moving to something else. After letting it sit a bit, the edge has come off and I'm enjoying it a bit more. I think it just needed to breathe a bit. The mustiness has retreated.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long finish that for me has the fruits without too much sherry.

  13. Dionysus scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  14. whiskytornado scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  15. A.S. Bak scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  16. robain scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    • Nose
      87 87
      pear, forest notes, sweet, soft and with red fruits, tropical fruits, vanilla and light oak.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Tropical again, nice. Vanilla, oak, some pepper.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long nice oak with some more tropical and red fruits.

  17. MrYens scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

  18. Elmer_Fudd scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I have a soft spot for Teeling. Of course not all bottlings are equally good, but they are always exciting to try. I thought the first and second editions were slightly better.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Very pleasant scent, subtle! Citrus, apples, nuts, plums and raisins.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Dark chocolate, spicy, nuts, currants and raisins, figs and stewed pears
    • Finish
      86 86
      The aftertaste is medium-long, spicy, fruity, a slightly bitter taste

  19. Banzai scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  20. Dris scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  21. glenrob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  22. besar scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  23. ctu scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  24. Foudos scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  25. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  26. gaboruso scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  27. alkisd8 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
      At the beginning the nose is closed.Fruity,citrus,sweetness, pleasant,not so tense,orange come throw
    • Taste
      Sweet, little spice,bitter but sweet bitter,pineapple,tropical fruits like mango, papaya.The palate is a surprised compaired with nosed
    • Finish
      Very pleasand and balanced.Fruits at the end also with some.sweet butterness and little bitterness.medium finish to long

  28. robbert88 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  29. GIORGOS scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  30. WillemvdK scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Nose is pretty good, with citrus (lime), chalk and some floral notes. The taste really blows it for me. Initially it's like biting into an old cardboard box that's been in the dusty attic for many decades. I don't know what causes this aroma but it doesn't cut it for me. Very weird that I'm not able to discover this aroma in the nose. Finish makes up for it a little bit though.

  31. Rien scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  32. Banzai scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  33. Gous scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  34. dramidaris scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  35. Ninofdram scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  36. Derufus scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      82 82

  37. Odinson scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  38. valasios scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  39. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Liberties

    I remember that the first release of the Brabazon – named after the 17th Century politician Chambré Brabazon who ruled the Liberties, the area where the Teeling distillery can be found – was rather excentric in my book, but fun. The second batch, matured on port casks, was a stunner. Now Teeling launches the third batch with whisky that matured on 90 years old PX casks. And for the first time, the whisky also gets an aged statemend: aged 14 years.

    Oh, this is quite a lovely nose. On the one had the typical, almost delicate whisky of the house, but wrapped in a very aromatic jacket of baked apples and plum marmalade. Roasted almonds and sultanas kick in, as does a hint of candied sugar. Lastly a green note that I cannot quite put the finger on. Sage? Anyway, it works.

    Hmmm, good body, nicely oily and sturdy upon arrival. Immediately wonderfully sweet on the same baked apples (throw in a pear), sultanas and plums. Well, that last bit evolves towards fresh fig. Origin chocolate with a single salty note, just for a bit. Very good! Nicely spicy too. Nutmeg and some…err… oregano? I am very fond of this.

    The finish is medium long, starts of dark and sweet and then dries quickly.

    Wonderful stuff from the Liberties! Is it my imagination or can I actually taste that these were indeed very old casks? Probably a trick of the mind. Now I only need to find out the significance of the ABV, for every batch is bottled at 49.5% so far. Anyone?

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