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Latest Teeling Irish Whiskey Sees Rare Purple Muscat Cask Finishing Time

Teeling Whiskey, known in part for its extensive Irish whiskey finishing program in a range of secondary cask types, has unveiled a new 32 year old offering that saw extended finishing in a rare Purple Muscat cask.

The new Teeling 32-Year-Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey Purple Muscat Finish, according to those behind it, was first distilled back in 1990 and aged in former bourbon barrels for 28 years. This was followed by a further 4 years aging in a single Portuguese Purple Muscat French Oak cask that was sourced by Teeling master distiller Alex Chasko from outside of Lisbon in the Setubal region.

The end result as described by the brand as “a magnificent, fruit-forward Single Malt Irish Whiskey that carries a juicy red berry flavour with spicy tropical notes.”

Teeling 32-Year-Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey Purple Muscat Finish
Teeling Whiskey, known in part for its extensive Irish whiskey finishing program in a range of secondary cask types, has unveiled a new 32 year old offering that saw extended finishing in a rare Purple Muscat cask. (image via Teeling)

“This whiskey exemplifies our bold approach to innovation as a world-class whiskey company,” said Jack Teeling, founder of Teeling Whiskey, in a prepared statement. “We are not afraid to take risks to bring something to the market that nobody else has – and we are extremely proud to release some of the oldest ever Irish Single Malt, finished in a unique cask.”

This particular expression yielded only 283 bottles, each sporting a 53.7% ABV. It is the first bottling of the Very Rare Casks Collection, available exclusively in the U.S. and housed inside a “show-stopping engraved Attitude Haute bottle” protected by a fine oak case.

Teeling 32-Year-Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey Purple Muscat Finish is set to price around $3,500 per 700 ml bottle and will be available in November exclusively in the United States, both online and at physical retail in California, Nevada, Texas, Illinois, New York, Massachusetts, and Florida. Official tasting notes are below.

  • Nose: Ripe red fruits in caramel, with chocolate walnuts and vanilla cream
  • Palate: Dried cherries, plums, sultanas, and figs with warm dry wood tannins
  • Finish: Strong wood spice with a rich, caramel fudge and milk chocolate sweetness

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Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the founder of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and provided tasting input on many whiskeys at competitions. He also maintains a large private collection of whiskey from which he continually educates his palate on this brown spirit type.

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