Price Point: $35 – $45 for 750 ML
Distiller: The Teeling Whiskey Co.
Irish whisky typically is not my forte. For a long time, my perception of whiskey from the Emerald Isle has been simple and accommodating. I’ve written before that most Irish whiskeys seem well-liked because most novice whiskey drinkers can handle them. There’s certainly a place for that, but I crave character and complexity.
Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey answers that need. Its high malt content and 6 months of additional rum cask maturation give it a little something extra on top of its countrymen (on paper, at least). Let’s see how it stacks up in reality.
The nose on Teeling Small Batch starts out very Irish, but also very fruity and florally. It progresses to malty sweetness, and the rum cask finishing imparts vanilla/molasses sugar and toasted oak.
Teeling Small Batch is very tasty, like a much more flavorful Jameson. The rum cask is especially evident in the sugary sweet notes that develop on the palate. There’s tropical fruit here, reminding me of sipping cocktails on the beach in the Caribbean. The grain blended into the malt still exists, but it is subdued.
The finish is smooth and tasty. I get raisin notes and malt here, with some unexpected, subtle smoke.
Rating & Recommendations
Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey earns a respectable rating of 85 out of 100.
This is one of the better Irish whiskeys available, and this is for an entry-level brand. Combine that with its unique traits to the genre (rum cask finish, high malt content), and you have a winner in my book.