Teeling Whiskey The Revival

The Revival from Teeling Whiskey is the first new release in the upgraded Vintage Reserve Collection & will be followed by new 24 & 33 year old releases. The Revival is a 15 year old Single Irish Malt Whiskey bottled at 46% and NCF and with an RRP of £85, distilled in 1999 and matured exclusively in ex-rum casks. The Revival has been produced to mark the opening of their new distillery, the first in Dublin for over 125 years.

Teeling Whiskey Revival

Teeling Whiskey Revival

On the nose I found apple crumble, with brown sugar and oats in the crumble, as it opens up there are more cereal notes, some delicate spices and pineapple cubes. Leaving the glass covered for a couple of minutes really intensifies the demerera sugar sweet notes from the rum casks.

The whisky seems quite thin in the mouth but delivers sweet tropical fruits, papaya and rambutan’s but also a touch of lime balancing the sweetness, honey then spices followed by a wave of pink grapefruit.

The finish for me is all about pink grapefruit, fresh and fruity but slightly astringent.

Overall this is a whisky which has a nose that continues to give with an almost gentle palate, I could easily enjoy a dram of this late on a sunny summers evening.

Tasted during the #TeelingWhiskey TweetTasting in collaboration with The Whisky Wire and Teeling Whiskey

#WemyssTT3

Last week saw the 3rd Wemyss Malts tweet tasting take place with Steve Rush from The Whisky Wire orchestrating the tasting on the night, we had 4 samples lined up to taste and with glasses at the ready we were ready to taste.

We started the evening with Lord Elcho, a blended scotch whisky at 40% ABV with a minimum 40% malt component. The nose gives buttery biscuits, lemon and spicy ginger, there is a little sweetness and as it opens there is a fruity note developing, green apples and slightly unripe honeydew melon. The Palate starts with an almost burnt toffee sweetness, raisins, a hint of mint, it’s creamy and smooth but with the spice and heat of fresh root ginger. The finish is quite short and slightly drying, which keeps making you go back for more. Lord Elcho is available here for £22 at time of posting.

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Next into the glass was one of Wemyss malts single cask offerings, Pastille Bouquet a 1998 Mortlach bottled at 46% in 2013 with 325 bottles released at. The nose has a honey sweetness, old-fashioned sweet shops, floral, honeysuckle? green fruits, hay, lemon thyme, a spiciness that prickles your nose. The palate is sweet, fresh, hot and sour, its like eating pink grapefruit with some of the pith on it still, pink lady apples, drizzled in heather honey, sprinkled with chilli flakes. This whisky really surprised me it starts sweet and finishes sweet and encompasses most other things in the middle and dazzled my taste buds. Pastille Bouquet available here for £58 at time of posting.

We then moved onto a single cask Glen Scotia 1991, bottled at 46% in 2013 yielding 807 bottles and titled Merchant’s Mahogany Chest. You get wood and beeswax polish on the nose, the smell of an old stately home, leather, fresh moist dark pipe tobacco, stewed prunes and muscovado sugar. Onto the palate, wood, spice (clove oil), pipe tobacco, sherry notes abound with glee, bitter chocolate, black cardamon and slightly tannic. The finish lingers with clove and star anise, a lovely sherry bomb. Merchant’s Mahogany Chest is available here for £90 at time of posting.

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The final whisky of the night was Peat Chimney 8yo, a blended malt bottled at 40%. Up to 16 different single malts are blended together before introducing the signature malts to create its distinct taste profile. The nose is a coastal breeze, briny, sweet and smokey, imagine a BBQ with apple wood chips smoking the meat and peat. The palate is sweet and delicate, ripe fruit notes, papaya, mango, peat building to dominate towards the finish, there’s a fresh green note, gooseberries maybe and a hint of pine resin. The finish is quite spicy and drying. Peat Chimney is available here for £28 at time of posting.

So 4 whiskies, 2 single cask malts and 2 great blends with the Mortlach finishing on the top step for me and the Peat Chimney not far behind in second.

Many thanks to Steve  “The Whisky Wire” for organising the tasting and Wemyss Malts for the samples, you can read all the other tweets by searching #WemyssTT3

 

A pair of Glengoynes.

Today i thought I’d taste a couple of whiskies from Glengoyne distillery, the first will be the 14yo that is exclusive to Marks & Spencer and the second is the 1st batch of the cask strength release from 2012.

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This whisky is solely matured in Olorosso casks and is uncoloured and has a lovely golden hue.On the nose there is lemon, creme caramel, hints of oak, a pinch of spices, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. It is a very approachable nose which is very open.
On the palate it is soft and buttery and has a great mouthfeel, flame raisins, again some cinnamon and nutmeg, caramac bars and a slight nuttiness.                                         As we head on to the finish there is a slight dryness similar to the skin from walnuts but still with a nice hint of spice and some caramel.
I would happily buy another bottle of this and would happily share a few drams with friends during the course of an evening.

Glengoyne Cask Strength Batch 1 58.7%

So next up is a sample received from Thomas and Ansgar which is from the 2012 release it is still available in a few places but has been replaced by batch 2 which can be found at  Green Welly Stop.This whisky is a blend of first fill and refill sherry casks, un-chillfiltered and natural colour.  On the nose, buttery, cookie dough, malt, lemon zest, a polished wooden floor and a peppery tingle.                                                                                                       The palate is rich and oily and delivers liquorice, orange peel, cloves, coarse ground black pepper, BBQ’d bananas with a splash of rum, soft gooey toffee and a lovely oakiness.                                                                                                                             The finish is drying with lots of spice.                                                                                  Thanks Ansgar and Thomas for the sample, a great whisky at a good price still only £45 if you look in the right places and i think I will keep an eye out for another Glengoyne to add to the shelf soon.

The Tweeddale Blend

The Tweeddale brand hasn’t been around since before the 2nd World War and was only resurrected in 2010 after Alasdair Day inherited his Great Grandfathers cellar book which contained the original recipe. It is now produced in small batches, following that recipe, using the same distilleries in the same quantities, a 50/50 blend of grain and malt whisky taken from just 9 single casks featuring whiskies from the Lowlands, Highlands, Speyside and Islay. In Batch 1, one cask of grain and one of malt is used entirely and the other 7 casks were used in differing quantities and then left to carry on maturing. These 7 malts have then been used in batches 2, 3 and 4 but with a different grain and 8th malt bought in each time. All 4 batches have been bottled at 46% and non chill filtered with batches 3 and 4 being non coloured as well.

I was first introduced to the Tweeddale brand during the #12blends event, organised by Tom, as one of the blind samples that was to be tasted was Batch 2 of this blend supplied by Jonathon. I then purchased batch 3 and thoroughly enjoyed it and this now leads to this post which is my notes from all 4 batches after taking part in a tweet tasting run by The Whisky Wire.

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So starting with Batch 1 10yo 46%, a blend of 10yo grain and 8 single malts ranging from 10 to 21yo.                                                                                                                                 Nose. Malty, lemon and lime, biscuits, hints of smoke, lightly spiced stewed apples.            Palate. Quite a spicy kick, creamy sweet at first but turning slightly sharp, lots of fruit apples and berries with a dash of lemon.                                                                                 Finish. Slightly dry, woody and spicy (cinnamon).

Batch 2 12yo 46%, this time the grain is a 15yo from a sherry butt with the 7 malts from batch 1 now older from 12yo up to 21 and the 8th core malt is a 14yo.                                 Nose. Slightly earthy, woody, with woodland fruits drizzled in honey, with a little nip of alcohol burn.                                                                                                                  Palate. Well rounded, honeydew melon, cream, slightly fizzy like refresherswith some raisins in the mix.                                                                                                           Finish. Sweet and creamy with spiced oranges as it develops.

Batch 3 12yo 46% is actually a 13yo but was labelled as a 12yo on request of the LCBO for Canada, the grain is an 18yo from sherry butts, again the 7 remaining malts from batch 1 although a year older and the main malt is another 14yo cask.                                            Nose.  Lots of fruit, slightly tropical, earthy, slight sulphur, chocolate, green fruits and a sea spray and iodine note.                                                                                                         Palate. Spiced fruits, brown sugar, coats the mouth wonderfully, a little warmth like a good ginger beer developing on the tongue, oakiness  and dark chocolate.                             Finish. Long, slightly dry but with rich fruit and spice.

Batch 4 14yo 46%. The core malt in this blend is a 14yo Lowland matured in an Islay cask, with a slightly younger 16yo single grain and the same 7 malts from previous batches.     Nose. Spirity, quite a bite of alcohol, baked vanilla cheesecake, ginger nut biscuits, lemon zest, dried grass and flowers.                                                                                             Palate. The refreshers fizz is back along with the spicy fruits that seem to be present in all 4 batches for me with heaps of red berries and icing sugar and a nice light smokiness at the end.                                                                                                                               Finish. Tropical fruitiness with a ginger/pepper warmth with that fizziness dancing on the tongue.

Overall batch 4 was the whisky which probably came out on top for me it just seemed to be the most together of the 4 whiskies although I’m still really enjoying batch 3 which I’m drinking as I write this but I know what will be replacing that bottle when its finished.

Thanks must go to Steve Rush and Alasdair Day for organising and supplying the samples and all the other tasters on the night.