Dublin’s Teeling Whiskey continues its run of ultra-limited, loopy uncommon bottlings, the newest being this, a single malt aged distilled in 1990, matured in bourbon barrels for 28 years, and completed in a single Portuguese Purple Muscat French Oak cask for an extra 4 years, bringing the grand whole as much as 32 years of age. Purple Muscat, you ask? It’s actually simply certainly one of dozens of synonyms for Muscat Rouge, a crimson number of the extra acquainted Muscat grape, although clearly this wine was made in Portugal — particularly the Setubal area close to Lisbon. 283 bottles have been produced, all on the market solely within the U.S.
Miraculously, we scored a pattern, so let’s dig in.
Intensely amber in coloration, there’s no mistaking you’re moving into one thing well-aged and particular if you tuck in right here. Nutty and fruity in equal measure on the nostril, overtones of mellowed oak wash over you, tempering notes of honeyed grains, vanilla, and graham crackers. That stated, the aromatics are restrained; regardless of the age and the wine barrel end, this whiskey by no means bursts out of the glass in earnest. The palate is one other story. Right here issues are downright explosive, first with barely candy wine notes — crimson berries, a transparent Muscat wine notice, juicy raisins, and a few floral incense notes. It’s enveloping and exquisite, however because the end arrives the whiskey falls again on its Irish roots, giving airtime to notes of honey and recent grains, brown butter, and lingering vanilla notes.
No, it isn’t simple (or low-cost) to make a 32 yr outdated whiskey like this, however rattling if the outcomes don’t converse for themselves.
A / $3500 (700ml) / teelingwhiskey.com
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