Teeling 23 yo 1996 ‘Fill Your Own’ (50,4%, OB ‘Single Malt’ 2020, rum cask #154021)
Nose: really aromatic, plenty of bananas, some fresh, some baked. Toffee notes but also a bright passion fruit note. Pineapples and peaches. Vanilla ice cream. Subtle spice. My kinda Irish whisky.
Mouth: quite a fruit explosion and far, far more tropical than any of the whiskys below. Pink grapefruits and passion fruits, banana candy, bright at first but growing darker over time, evolving towards molasses. Subtle almonds and subtle green, grassy touches.
Finish: quite long, still very bright and fruity, although there’s also a drier woody element.
Excellent stuff, really close to their lovely 24 Years, 26 Years and so on. Rum maturation really suites the distillery profile and this cask comes warmly recommended.