Our second Irish whiskey in the advent calendar. The Teeling Whiskey Company is run by brothers Jack and Stephen Teeling, members of a whiskey family with over a two hundred year history. Owners of the first distillery in Dublin in one hundred and twenty five years they've been selling a range of whiskeys while building their new facility. Teeling Small Batch is a selection of whiskeys further matured in ex-rum barrels.
Behind window #22: Teeling Small Batch, 46% alc., £28/$42
C: Engine oil
N: Takes a wee while to open up then it's grain forward with milk chocolate, US Smarties, and poached pears and ginger
P: Decent texture with a spicy profile (apple cake sprinkled with cinnamon) and more milk chocolate
F: Short despite all that spice, lingering grain, hints of toffee
In conclusion: Solid little Irish session whisky. Needs patience in the beginning and there might be too much spice (for some) but it holds together well. Great entry level strength and price.
Sincere thanks to Master of Malt's Drinks by the Dram for the sample.