Teeling 15yo ‘The Revival’

The Kiwi

In celebration of their new distillery that brought whiskey distillation back to the heart of Dublin, the Teeling folks decided to release a limited edition of 15yo whiskey called ‘The Revival’. The Revival was distilled back in 1999 and matured almost exclusively in ex-rum casks.
That’s right, matured in rum casks not just a finish. One can only presume that ever since they ordered this batch from Cooley, they've been keeping its existance a secret, knowing that it could only serve for such a festive occasion.
But how does this whiskey go down?

(Full disclosure, the sample was provided by Teeling as part of a Whisky Wire Twitter Tasting)

NaamlojkkjosNose: opens easy and light: a delicate fruity touch along a soft alcoholic sting. A bouquet of gooseberries, buttery bananas and coconut milk with vanilla sugar. Some funkier tropical notes of papaya, apricots and tea, serve as a nice surprise for those with a deeper breath.

Mouth: light bodied, with a fresh initial mouthfeel. A main course of green apples and kiwi on the palate, a side dish of vanilla and lychees and faint notes of iron rust lurking in the background .The ensemble gets a black pepper edge towards the end.

Finish: medium long buttery finish with raisins, a touch of grapefruit and some cinnamon in the tail.


The Verdict: In the past Irish whiskey used to be referred to as ‘easy’ or ‘acceptable’. After this whiskey I believe we’re well past that point. I‘ve got to thank Teeling for introducing me to a brand new flavour that I’ve never before encountered in any other whisk(e)y: kiwi. An enjoyable dram that comes with a nice packaging, though maybe a bit expensive for a 15yo?
Score: 85

Nose: 21

Taste: 22
Finish: 21 Balance: 21
   < 75: undrinkable, avoid at all costs
75-79: acceptable, give it a try but don't spend to much money on it
80-84: average, enjoyable whiskies mostly easy sippable entry-level single malt 
85-89: above average drams, often well aged expressions, open your wallet
90-94: excellence, sorry kids no x-mas presents this year, daddy needs this bottle
95-99: divinity, call your bank manager for another mortgage on your house