Towards the end of April I was lucky enough to get the chance to have a behind the scenes tour of the new Teeling Whiskey Distillery.
Whilst on this tour, which I previously reviewed, I sampled two whiskeys that were due to be launched in the distillery shop and this morning I learnt that both are now available to buy.
The first of these whiskeys has been released as a "fill your own bottle" opportunity in the distillery shop. It is an 11 year old Irish single malt that was distilled in 2004. It spent the majority of it's life in a bourbon barrel before being finished for, what would now probably be, around 16 months in a White Burgundy cask.
This is being offered at a very good price of €100 and will obviously be bottled at cask strength, which at the time of writing is 58.4% ABV.
When I sampled this down at the distillery it was a fruit flavoured beast of a dram with notes of grappa and a seriously dry finish. Extremely enjoyable and worth a look for sure.
The second of these whiskeys has been bottled already and is available in the distillery as a sort of "distillery reserve" bottling. It is a 16 year old Irish single malt that was distilled in 1999 and has spent it's entire life in a rum cask.
This, in my opinion, is even better value at €85 and is also bottled at a cask strength of 59.7% ABV.
When I sampled this beauty I was blown away. Rum and raisin ice cream gone mad whilst being incredibly smooth and deliciously sweet. Out of the two whiskeys tasted this rum cask edged it for me but to be perfectly honest I'm probably going to get myself down to Teeling ASAP and get myself a bottle of each.
There are also rumours of a much older single malt becoming available very soon.
All I can say is that a strongly suggest you get yourselves down to Teeling, if you can, and see for yourselves everything they're doing to push Irish whiskey on to levels never seen before. I honestly believe in what they are doing and think they will be leading the way for innovation as Irish whiskey continues to grow for years to come.
Until next time,