Excerpt: The taste has a good balance of sweetness with milk chocolate, molasses, and brown sugar that complement oak, ginger, and a slight hint of almonds. The finish has a good balance of wood and spicy notes with a nice sweetness.
Excerpt: Moving on to the taste profile, the tropical notes fall by the way side and presents a creamy and slightly slick whiskey with barrel spices, lemon, and more honey. The proof helps to wrap up the dram in a tidy bow and you are left with a pleasant warm finish.
Excerpt: I don’t often use “smooth” as a descriptor whiskey but a little softening around the edges would be appreciated here. This came across as simultaneously oversweet and hot. I could see this doing quite well in a mint or citrus forward cocktail, but I’d skip it as a sipper.
Excerpt: he whiskey and rum are working well together here — that doesn’t always happen — offering a sizeable bite, but one which is tempered with ample (yet balanced) sweetness. Really good stuff, with ample depth.
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Distilled by Teeling and finished in Rum casks, Teeling Small Batch is an affordable intro to the distillery's array of bottlings.
Light but satisfying on the nose - fresh bread, honey, a drizzle of caramel and vanilla cream. Sweet and inviting.
Moderate mouthfeel that's sweet and complex. Much more complex than expected. Leads with sweet brown butter, caramel, cream, a touch of rum and brown sugar. Light pepper character to balance. Faint oak - it's young but not youthful.
Long finish - complex once more. Brown sugar, clove, pepper, rich creme brulee and satisfying.
This punches so far above its price point - this should be the new gold standard for a defacto introduction to Irish whiskey and it's not even close.
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