Teeling 1991/2016 (OB)

Tropical Flavours from Dublin

Teeling is going great lengths to prove that Irish Whiskey can bring something both innovating and traditional to the table. And with success, they are continuously debunking my former misconceptions about the Irish liquid sunshine. Today’s dram came as a sample, with compliments, from the distillers. Much appreciated gents! This small batch release of 24yo whiskey is a testament to the innovative spirit of the Irish and the increasing internationalisation of the industry: made from slightly peated malt, matured in bourbon casks and married in a sauternes barrel. A wedding of American, Scottish, French and Irish influences? Well, that is something you would like to try, not?

 distilled in 1992, matured for 24 years in bourbon casks and married in sauternes casks.

Nose: oak with a soft touch of varnish, a light fruity ensemble of peach yoghurt, pineapple, grape fruit, mirabelle syrup and cassis. A smidgen of earthy peat in the tail betrays the origin of the malty.

Mouth: light bodied but sour on the tongue. A tropical palate: first pineapple juice with almond milk, and white pepper, later it veers off into grape fruit territory with a sniff of ginger.

Finish: short’ish and bitter, with cinnamon prickling your tongue.

The Verdict: with free samples it is essential to stay honest and true to your own standards. But Teeling knocked it out of the park again, these tropical whiskies are a welcome addition to the market. But it comes at a price, an inflated price I must say, a bottle will put you back more than €300. Hopefully we’ll see more affordable bottles in the near future.

Score: 88

Nose: 23

Taste: 22
Finish: 21 Balance: 22
   < 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