Saturday, April 16, 2016

Cereal Freshness – Teeling Revival 15 Years Old Irish Whiskey

Teeling  Revival 15yo Single Malt Whiskey
So here we are with something just starting to enter Australia, the Teeling 15yo Single Malt Irish Whiskey. I was sent this sample only very recently to get to grips with the expanding range coming out of Dublin’s newest distillery.

This release is sees the whisky aged for a minimum of 15 years exclusively in ex-Rum casks and bottled at 46% ABV with no chill filtration. It is not clear what rum barrels are being used but we could assume they may be sourced from the same region that the Teeling 21yo Silver Reserve and Teeling Small Batch also use.

Teeling 15yo Revival Single Malt
Distiller: Teeling Whiskey Company
Location / Region: Dublin, Ireland
Type: Single Malt
ABV: 46%
Wood: Matured in ex-Rum

The nose is fresh and somewhat brilliant displaying bright cereal malts. There is a sense of high spirit displayed at the edges which I would see some going for while others may look to have rounded out a little more. Still a 15yo with this vibrancy is cool. Maybe a bit of raspberry fruit or strawberries and pantry stored cinnamon creeps in. Just a bit but not too much. I can instantly attribute the rich cereal malt nose too that of the New Zealand Whisky Company's South Island 21yo when it comes to the nose.

The taste is instantly sharp and comments to reinforce just how youthful the whiskey still feels for its 15 years in oak. There is a marginal oiliness to the palate that continues to coat the entire mouth. Vanilla, cereal husk and dry malt saturate the flavours while again a spirit sharpness appears to spike all over subtly. There is a dominant sweetness mingling with some wood spice but not too many layers need to be explored as this whiskey focuses on just a few key elements.

The finish is long but not heavy as the oils linger in the mouth and a dryness lifts high in the back of the throat. Dry cold toast appears to close off the taste but still very bright in the finish.

Overall I have find this whisky to display a vibrancy typically displayed by Teeling with bright spirits a key note to Teeling. This may be coming form the ex-Rum casks used though for something exclusively aged in ex-Rum casks it certainly does not feel saturated by the rum effect. If I was to give a dram 5 1/2 out of 7 and makes for a easy to appreciate dram.

Teeling Revival 15 Years Old Single Malt Whiskey packaging
Like all the Teeling expressions it breaks the mould in what to expect of Irish whiskies of the last quarter of the 20th century. You do not have to be a genius to know at a minimum of 15 years old this is still stocks coming from the Cooley stills. When you take this into account it shows that with good choice of grain, mash, distillation and maturation some very different whiskies can come from just one roof.

Priced at $160AU it is getting up there in comparison to other 15yo whiskies in our local market though it is packaged rather well to be positioned as a premium product.

Thanks to Martin Lynch of Teeling for the sample and the opportunity to see yet another solid whisky from Dublin’s going whisky scene.

The Baron

D.T.W.C. was supplied a sample for review. All views and opinions are our own unless otherwise stated.