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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey

Superbowl Sunday and I need something new!

So my wife and I took a trip down to Whiskey Joe’s house this past Sunday to shoot the shit, see his daughter and wife and just hang out. 


There are always awesome jokes, and laughs, like the 20+ year gag of having me drink out of any form of New York Football Giants cup.  Since I am a longtime Dallas Cowboy fan, he loves to give me a hard time.  He knows the water doesn’t taste as good out of those damn glasses!!!

On the way to Joe’s I told him, I wanted to try a new drink, something different from my usual and he suggested to try something Irish.  

As he is tied up in his job of bringing whisky to the world, there are some blog samples that have been getting backed up.  One of which is Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey.  Now as I explained before, I have a love of big rich bourbons and ryes and when I’m drinking something as light as Irish Whiskey it’s usually a shot at a bar.  So this is foreign territory for me, I open the bottle up, pour a glass for me and the lady and let’s begin!

Quick details:  Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey consists of hand selected casks which are given further maturation in ex-Flor de Cana Rum barrels, bottled at 46% with no chill filtration.

Neat:
Color – Light, straw or hay such a light yellowy autumn color
Nose –  Lemon Zest, small amounts of vanilla, and slightly raw young ragged edges with maybe smell a bit like Lysol or very spirity.
Taste – Spicy, Grassy, light oak, but very delicate!!!
Finish – Short to medium, with a slightly warm finish 

With a few drops of water:
Color – Light straw or hay
Nose – Caramel lightly comes out on the nose, a sweeter sugary notes begin to show.
Taste – Very similar to above, sweeter, small hints of cinnamon like big red chewing gum or a red hot candy. 
Finish – No changes

All in all, the Teeling is nice, light whiskey.  It doesn’t have a major backbone or big huge note I could focus on.  Even with that, I think if you’re a Jameson drinker and you’re looking to upgrade and sip a nice Irish whiskey, give this Teeling a shot.  If you’re a lover of big bold American or Scotch whiskies, this may not be for you as it still has a few rougher edges, perhaps from having a few too many young components in the blend. 

Overall grade:   C

Talk soon!
g.

-Note: Special thanks to the Baddish Group for the sample

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