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A pair years in the past, Dublin’s Teeling put out a single pot still bottling constructed from a 50/50 mix of malted and unmalted barley, which was triple distilled and matured in a mix of American virgin oak, bourbon, and sherry casks. Now Teeling is again with a twist on the method, growing older the whiskey in full in virgin Chinkapin American white oak barrels. (Chinkapin oak, aka quercus muehlenbergii, is native to japanese and central North America. It’s not generally utilized in barrel-making.) No age assertion, identical to the sooner single pot nonetheless.
Aspect by aspect with the sooner single pot nonetheless bottling — which I’m liking fairly a bit extra now than on its preliminary launch — you’ll be able to instantly see how a lot darker the whiskey is. Virgin oak will do this, in fact. The nostril is 180 levels totally different, too: Heavy with wooden as a substitute of malt, it’s enveloping and peppery, with curious overtones of eucalyptus and licorice. It leans closely on the barrel, nevertheless it appears like it really works significantly better right here than in younger American whiskeys. The palate is laden with spice. Conventional cinnamon and nutmeg notes push right into a nuttier gingerbread character, actually constructing in energy because the end emerges. The fade-out sees clear spiced walnut parts balanced by notes of dried banana chips and refined notes of milk chocolate.
When you see this restricted version bottling on the shelf, seize it together with a bottle of the distillery’s peated Blackpitts launch.
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