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December 16, 2023 (edited December 18, 2023)
4.0 out of 5 stars
Back to the emerald Island. With peat this time. That doesn't always work out very well....looking at you Connemara....but Teeling actually managed to pull it off.
This whisky is undeniably Irish. It has all the buttery biscuity hallmarks of that, but it also adds some spice that you do not usually find in this category. Very well balanced spice.
The nose gives a whiff of vanilla with some baking spices, some grass notes and something that reminds me either of gingerbread or speculoos cookies (I have no idea if that is correct....I had to google what Spekulatius is called in english). Oddly fitting for this time of the year.
The taste gets a bit more complex, while still having the buttery, creamy, vanilla and biscuit base that I so adore in the Irish, while adding a bit more. Pepper, and...a slightly burned edge of a cake in the baking tray. You know, the thinner outer edged that get a bit hard, burned and crispy while the rest of the batter remains soft. Also known as "the best part of the whole damn thing". That's what I am getting here, it wouldn't be half as good without the slightly bitter charred burned taste that the peat provides here.
Aftertaste is of medium length with mostly vanilla sweetness and some spice pops every now and then. This is better than I expected, would not be opposed to a bottle in my collection.
Nose is vanilla and honey under the pear reek
On the palate twhres a creamy mourh feel with plenty sweetmess from the bourbon cask
Reminds me somewhat of highland park cask strentgh but woth way more amoke
Finish is medium and rhe smoke lingers