“England and America are two countries separated by a common language.” that is well-known quote is from, relying on which supply you imagine, George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, or Sir Winston Churchill.
Personally, I wish to suppose it was Shaw as one in every of my most prized possessions, if one would possibly forgive this early private digression, which sits in a body on the bed room wall, is a prolonged letter Shaw wrote to my grandfather in Could 1921 in response to a manuscript my grandfather had despatched him.
Shaw didn’t significantly just like the manuscript, although what it was about and the way my grandfather really acquired it to Shaw from Australia have been misplaced within the mists of time – my grandfather was an architect, so what he was doing writing manuscripts is one thing nobody within the household can inform me.
Regardless of. It strikes me as the perfect quote, with some adaption, for Scotland and Eire on the subject of their favourite drink: whisky.
Or whiskey in case you are Irish – they’ll’t even agree on find out how to spell the stuff, not to mention which nation makes the higher model. I’m glad we have now each.
One other factor that the 2 nations share is their current ignominious exits from the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan (one thing additionally shared with Australia, sadly). Little question each international locations noticed loads of the good things downed to mitigate their sorrows.
Teeling Whiskey is likely one of the nice Irish distillers, and I’m positive that many lovers of Scotch would acknowledge how good their merchandise will be even when they won’t say so publicly.
Teeling’s historical past dates again to 1782 when Walter Teeling arrange a distillery in Dublin on Marrowbone Lane.
Quick ahead 230 years when Walter’s descendants, Jack and Stephen Teeling, established their very own distillery, the Teeling Whiskey Firm, in 2012. Additionally in Dublin, after all, the proverbial stone’s throw from the unique (additionally simply down the street from the Guinness manufacturing facility, if you happen to actually desire a huge day).
This was the primary new distillery in Dublin in additional than 125 years. What is very thrilling is that the brand new distillery was designed to permit Teeling to commit 25 p.c of manufacturing to experimentation and new, revolutionary whiskeys.
That is performed by way of using varied mash payments, fermentation, distilling methods, and avoiding using chill filtering; the whiskeys are introduced again from cask energy to their conventional 46 p.c.
A pot nonetheless distillery, it produces half 1,000,000 liters of the nectar yearly.
They should be doing one thing proper because the 2016 World Whiskies Awards noticed them take out the “World’s Greatest Irish Single Malt” and “World’s Greatest Single Malt” in 2019.
We have a look at three of the great whiskeys as we speak.
Three Teeling whiskeys
A part of Teeling’s innovation program has been working with Irish craft brewer Galway Bay, the outcome being the Teeling Whiskey Stout Cask Collaboration (AUD$70-80). With solely 12,000 bottles, there are beautiful notes of chocolate, cocoa, espresso beans, cherries, and seaweed — a number of malty notes.
This was the primary launch within the Small Batch Collaborations sequence. The barrels had been initially Teeling’s, then utilized by Galway Bay for the Imperial Stout 200 Fathoms, and eventually returned to Teeling for this whiskey. Scrumptious stuff, however it’s merely the entrée for some actual stunners.
Their 17-12 months-Previous Single Malt Jim Barry Shiraz Barrel Collaboration (AUD$200) is perhaps tough to seek out, particularly outdoors Australia, as solely 2,000 bottles had been made.
Tom and Sam Barry (sons of Pete Barry, who was the son of Jim Barry) are making some sensational wines within the Clare Valley in South Australia and have joined with Teeling for this mission.
The barrels used to complete this whiskey beforehand held the Jim Barry Armagh Shiraz 2016.
Armagh is one in every of Australia’s nice shirazes (I can keep in mind that earlier than Pete Barry took the eminently smart choice to make use of the winery for shiraz, the grapes had been made right into a scrumptious classic port referred to as the Sentimental Bloke – a nod to a well-known previous Aussie poem. It was bought for round $5 a bottle again then, however as a straight Shiraz it was quickly fetching 20 instances that and now twice that once more).
The outcome is an excellent whiskey. Black cherries, blueberries, a touch of aniseed, and a seductive creamy texture. Undoubtedly one to not miss in case you are eager on seeing what the Teeling innovation can do.
Lastly, the jewel within the crown, the Teeling 24-Year-Old Single Malt (AUD$600), the whiskey that received the world’s greatest single malt gong. And deservedly so. I’m unsure that any notes I would present can enhance on what profitable that award says however for me, it’s actually stellar.
A stunning limpid gold, this whiskey is advanced, refined, finely balanced, and providing nice size. Flavors of bran, oatmeal, cereal, nuts, spices, and a contact of light smoke. It gives a seductive, creamy texture. Superb.
This whiskey spent 21 years in ex-bourbon casks and an additional three in previous Sauternes casks.
A whiskey even the Scots would certainly crawl over damaged glass for a dram.
One bitter observe: the Teeling household has warned of forthcoming shortages of the easiest Irish whiskeys, very similar to these being skilled with Japanese whiskeys, as demand overtakes manufacturing.
These whiskeys want time, there is no such thing as a approach round that, so don’t miss the possibility to inventory your cabinet when you can.
For extra data, please go to www.teelingwhiskey.com.
* This text was first revealed on November 24, 2019 at Teeling Whiskey: The World’s Best Single Malt, That’s Official.