Teeling Irish Whiskey recently released its latest offering: the Teeling 13-Year-Old Irish Single Grain.
The Ireland-based distillery said the 13-year-old consists of triple distilled Irish whiskey distilled predominantly from maize and first matured for nine years in ex-bourbon barrels before being given extra maturation for over 4 years in ex-Bordeaux red wine casks.
The 13-year-old release was bottled at 50% alcohol by volume to capture its natural flavor.
“It’s a little known fact that the majority of Irish whiskey sold is actually grain whiskey as it makes up the majority of the composition in big multinational owned brands of Irish whiskey,” Jack Teeling, founder of the Teeling Whiskey Company, said in a prepared statement. “As such, since our formation we have been keen to ensure we offered unique and interesting expressions of Teeling Single Grain Whiskey. Our new 13-Year-Old release is a further representation of our mission to help drive the continued expansion of the Irish whiskey category through unique bottlings and expressions.”
This release is Teeling Whiskey’s second and oldest release of Single Grain. It follows the distillery’s core offering of single grain, which was released in 2013.
The 13-Year-Old, older expression of Telling Single Grain has undergone dual-cask maturation. The initial Bourbon cask maturation produces what’s described as a beautiful base of sweet vanilla and caramel with buttery oak, which is then complimented by the extra aging in the Bordeaux Red Wine casks, layering on a beautiful bouquet of red berry and soft orchard fruits with honey notes.
Official tasting notes are below.
- Nose: Rose water, ripe cherries, cinnamon and red fruits
- Taste: Summer fruits, berry jam, vanilla cream, soft orchard fruits with honey notes
- Finish: Spice, dry tannins, toasted oak and lingering warm wood notes
The Teeling 13-Year-Old Single Grain will be available in the Teeling Whiskey Distillery and very select Irish retailers at a recommended retail price of €85 per 70cl before it is rolled out to a range of international markets across Asia and Europe.
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Hannah Kanik is a freelance writer from California. Two years ago, she found herself drinking Scottish whisky atop Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh and found her love for whisky and its storytelling side-effects.