First of all, the Teeling Single Malt Irish whiskey is crafted and bottled by the Teeling Distillery. The distillery is at 13-17 Newmarket, Dublin, Ireland http://bit.ly/2ur39Rm.
In addition, the distillery sits in the heart of Dublin and is open to all lovers of Irish whiskey. The distillery is the newest distillery of its kind for over 125 years.
The Single Malt (SM) Irish whiskey created at the distillery is one of five expressions. The five expressions are as follows:
- Single Malt Irish whiskey
- Single Grain Irish whiskey
- Small Batch Irish whiskey
- 24 YR Single Malt Irish whiskey
- Single Barrel whiskey
Next, the whiskey’s hearty flavor is pleasing to the taste and flavor of cigars. I will pair some cigars with this Irish whiskey in the upcoming sections.
Since the whiskey uses “non-chill filtering,” I provided you with an article on non-chill filtering whiskey: https://tgam.ca/2vldsFx. The whiskey’s flavor stays intact due to the whiskey being distilled to 46% ABV.
Tasting Teeling Single Malt Irish Whiskey
By tasting the whiskey neat, you will decide if water is required. I suggest adding a few drops of natural spring or artesian water to the whiskey.
I have discovered that Fiji, Evian, or Voss water are better water choices for whiskey. You will decide how much water is enough for your palate between water drops. Regular tap water has impurities that are not beneficial to the whiskey flavor.
Whiskey and Cigar pairings
The basis of my cigar choices was available in my humidor at the time of this blog. My options are as follows:
- The Gurkha Masquerade cigar
- The Romeo Y Julieta Reserva Real cigar
The Gurkha Masquerade cigar proved to be flavorful and exceptionally smooth. The cigar balances out the spicy and citrus notes in the Teeling Irish whiskey—the cigar flavor transitions from mild to medium body.
I had the whiskey neat whether I added spring water, and the Gurkha Masquerade cigar proved to be the cigar for this Irish whiskey.
The Romeo Y Julieta Reserva Real cigar was smooth. Adding spring water to the Irish whiskey would mellow out the whiskey. The flavors of whiskey and cigar were balanced.
You will have fun tasting whiskey and pairing cigars with the whiskey. I suggest pairing other cigars with the whiskey. Along with the Gurkha and Romeo Y Julieta Reserva Real cigars.
Teeling Irish Whiskey Tasting Notes
The tasting notes for Teeling Single Malt 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 a honey, creamy, complex, chewy mouthful of citrus
Finish: Lingering sweetness with a challenging piece of flavor
Irish whiskey continues to have a long history of distilling in Dublin, Ireland. The whiskey’s reputation is primarily due ultimately to the following factors.
- The whiskey family
- The distillery staff members
- The Irish whiskey customers
The whiskey retails from Total Wines and More for around $62 for a 750 ml bottle.