lördag 9 november 2013

Tasting two whiskeys from The Teeling Whiskey Company!


A while ago I was very lucky to receive two samples from The Teeling Whiskey Company along with a nice little personal note : ) Big thanks to Jack Teeling and Alex Chasko for once again giving me the chance to try your whiskeys!

The Teeling Whiskey Company ’The Gathering 11yo’ 46% ABV

This Irish single malt bottling is very exclusive, limited to only 1000 bottles, and mainly consisting of 11yo and 21yo whiskey from ex-bourbon casks. It is only sold at the Loops ’The Irish whiskey collection’-store at Irish airports for just under €70. For more info please check out the ’Liquid Irish’-blog. Okey, let’s try it!    

Nose:
Mmm… very flowery, mainly elder flowers, very soft vanilla, a mellow calm nose, traces of coconut, un-whipped cream, pear (the first bite of a ’Conference’ pear), yellow kiwi fruit, honeydew melon. All in all it has a profile that reminds me a lot of Bushmills 10yo whisky but a lot classier and more mature…

Palate:
Sooooo smooth and soft! Really caresses my mouth. Beautiful composition, very deep and goes on forever… waters my mouth, the vanilla and cream is there and so is the honeydew melon along with some kind of fudge and also some almond mass or maybe marzipan. There is nothing harsh here fellas! Just pure softness.



The Teeling Whiskey Company ’Silver vintage reserve 21yo’ 46% ABV

The second sample from TWC contained a 21yo Irish single malt, distilled in 1991, limited to just 5000 bottles and goes for about €150. It was initially matured in ex-bourbon casks and then finished in Sauternes casks for 10 months.

Nose:
This one is a little ”tougher” on the nose than the 11yo but maybe I should not compare them cause this seems to be something completely different. Quite some touches of herbs and also a faint touch of soft peat (?) and elder flowers comes back, actually reminds me quite a bit of Connemara in some way, hmm… Don’t really know if I feel the sauternes influence, maybe in the form of peaches and red cherries. Also there is vanilla. This is very exciting!

Palate:
Definitely peaty influences! Very nice! Cocoa and milk chocolate along with sweet liquorice, a little bit of heat that warms my chest. Just a little bit dry on the mouth and the sweet liquorice lingers on and on, very deep and mature! The aftertaste is beautiful with lot’s of soft tangy peat sweetness, oh yes! I could almost swear that this is the Connemara recipe J I shall have to pour another dram of this one! Mmm…



Well done with these whiskeys fellas! Oh and in response: sorry for the delay in getting the tasting notes to you ; )  


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