The Teeling Single Malt Irish Whiskey is crafted (created) and bottled by the Teeling Whiskey Distillery located at 13-17 Newmarket, Dublin, Ireland http://bit.ly/2ur39Rm. The distillery has placed Irish whiskey making back on the map. Irish whiskey has had and will continue to have a long history of distilling in Dublin due to the hard work and diligence of the Teeling Whiskey Distillery. It is located in the heart of Dublin and is open to all lovers of Irish whiskey.
The Teeling Single Malt Irish Whiskey is just one whiskey expression created at the distillery. Being a non-chill filtered whiskey, the Teeling Single Malt Irish whiskey is created from select casks of whiskies that impart a unique flavor and taste profile for the Single Malt whiskey.
The whiskey has a hearty and subtle flavor which is pleasing to the taste and interesting to pair with cigars. I will touch on a couple of cigars that I enjoyed pairing with the Teeling Single Malt Irish whiskey later in the blog. The whiskey is 46% alcohol by volume (ABV) so you have all the goodness (impurities) still intact within the whiskey. To save you the head scratching experience of wondering what “non-chill filtering” actually is, I have provided you with a non-chill filtering whiskey article https://tgam.ca/2vldsFx.
If you first try the Teeling Single Malt Irish whiskey on its own i.e. neat and it still needs some calming down, I would suggest adding a few drops of natural spring water or artesian water to your glass of whiskey. Please do not add tap water since tap water from your faucet probably contains impurities that are not beneficial to the whiskey. From experimentation, I have discovered that Fiji, Evian or Voss water are better choices of water for whiskey/whisky. Highland Spring water is not available in my area so I am not able to sample it, but it’s a good possibility that it would work as well.
As I mentioned earlier, pairing a cigar with the Teeling Single Malt Irish whiskey was a trial with no errors. Based on my tasting notes which follow shortly, I had to take a wild guess on which cigars would complement the whiskey’s taste characteristics. My decision was based mostly on what was available in my humidors at the time of this blog. My choices are as follow:
- The Gurkha Masquerade cigar
- The Romeo Y Julieta Reserva Real cigar
The Gurkha Masquerade cigar was numero uno due its smoothness and ability to balance out the spicy and citrus notes in the Teeling Single Malt Irish whiskey. The cigar is a mild to medium body or strength cigar. Regardless of whether I tried the whiskey neat or added an ounce of spring water, the Gurkha Masquerade cigar proved to be the cigar for this particular Irish whiskey.
The Romeo Y Julieta Reserva Real cigar was smooth, however, I was able to detect some spicy notes from the cigar while the whiskey was neat. Once I added some Evian Spring Water to the Teeling Single Malt Irish whiskey, the flavors between both whiskey and cigar were more balanced.
The tasting notes for the Teeling Single Malt Irish whiskey are as follows:
Color: Rich honey or a light straw color
Nose/Aroma: Caramel, spice, sticky honey, creamy, velvety smooth cream, lemon or citrus
Palate/Taste: Spicy, sweetness like honey, creamy, complex, chewy-mouthful of citrus
Finish: Lingering sweetness with a chewy mouthful of flavor
Are you curious to know the price point of the Teeling Single Malt Irish whiskey? I picked up a bottle from Total Wines and More for around $62 for a 750 ml size bottle. I had a great time discovering the different aromas and flavors embedded in the whisky and I hope you will as well.