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Teeling release new Single Pot Still whiskey

Teeling are keen to highlight that they are on a journey, and they are making different whiskies to what’s been available in the past.
By Mark Jennings
Teeling's new 'fill your own' Single Pot Still.
Teeling's new 'fill your own' Single Pot Still.

Ireland’s Teeling Distillery is now 5 years old and having made a name for themselves with a slew of smart, aged releases from ‘family’ stock, began releasing their own whiskey 18 months ago.

Their young Single Pot Still whiskey, a 50/50 mix of malted and unmalted barley, drew as many critics as fans when it was launched, but Teeling are keen to highlight that they are on a journey, they are making different whiskies to what’s been available in the past, and that their releases are about showcasing grain, yeast and how a whiskey matures.

Their new release of a single cask, Single Pot Still whiskey aged entirely in virgin American oak is firmly in that frame - a whopping 64.1% ABV monster that hides its rancour dangerously beneath a banquet of flavour.

Nose - At first, it’s dried apple and pineapple with Turkish delight sweetness, then potpourri - tons of cedarwood shavings.

Palate - Dried apricot, tropical fruits, then burnt sugar on vanilla custard. You’d be forgiven for thinking this was older than its 4 years.

With water, it manifests a thick and juicy caramel wedge and the tropical fruits burst out - the long finish is reminiscent of expensive wood polish, peppery and tannic but not unpleasant.

One to seek out, trust me.

Rumours of a peated single malt from these mavericks has also been confirmed, later this year I understand. Watch this space for more about “Black Pitts”.

The single cask, Single Pot Still is available as a ‘fill your own bottle’ at the distillery (if you are lucky enough to be in Ireland) or for the rest of us, online at teelingdistillery.com/shop.