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January 29, 2018

Review: Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey

by Jeff Ellingson

Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey is a blended Irish whiskey made from corn/grain and barley/malt whiskey.  The whiskey is small batch distilled and aged separately for six years in previously used bourbon barrels.  The whiskies are than married in a 3 to 1 ration of grain to malt whiskey for 6-9 months in rum barrels previously used to age Flor de Cana Rum in Nicaragua.  The whiskey is bottled at 92 proof with no chill filtration.  The Teeling name is one of the oldest and most respected Irish Whiskey family names, with a history dating back to 1782 when Walter Teeling set up a small craft distillery on Marrowbone Lane in the Liberties District of Dublin.  In 1987 John Teeling founded the Cooley Distillery converting an old potato alcohol plant into a whiskey distillery.  In January 2012 Jim Beam acquired the distillery.  In 2015 Jack Teeling the former Director of Cooley along with his brother Stephen, opened the first new distillery in Dublin in over 125 years in the heart of The Golden Triangle.  This is the historic distilling district of Dublin and a five iron shot away from the original Teeling Distillery.  The grain and malt whiskey currently used to produce Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey is sourced from other Irish distilleries, while their own crafted whiskies age in bourbon barrels.It pours to a golden lager color.  The aroma has both whiskey and rum notes with vanilla, corn, molasses, apple, caramel, banana, cocoa, and oak.  The sweet apple and orange entry is joined by creamy vanilla cake, followed by chocolate, and a hint of  butterscotch.  It fades with banana and salted caramel.  The warm finish is dry with orange peel, oak, allspice, mineral, and coconut flavor.  Bottled at 92 proof the finish is smooth but there is a bit of a sting.  Teeling Small Batch is a full flavored whiskey. no doubt the result of the higher octane, and it’s second aging in previously used rum barrels.

Made in Dublin Ireland

46% Alcohol

Score: 92

Award: Gold Medal

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