Teeling Renaissance 4
A release limited to 9,000 bottles, this latest in the award-winning series is an 18-Year-Old Single Malt, aged initially in ex-bourbon barrels for over 16 years before being finished in ex-red Pineau des Charentes fortified wine casks. Bottled at 46% ABV, non-chill filtered, and retailing at RRP €140.
Omar Fitzell Notes
Nose begins with lemon boiled sweets that’s joined by fresh strawberries and orange peel. Slightest acetone note of nail polish remover in there somewhere too.
Full oily mouthfeel that bursts with mandarins, peaches and grapes. Vanilla pods and the slightest touch of honey shines through.
A medium length black pepper spice carries to the end, drying the mouth but leaving some orchard fruits lingering.
I think there is a heavy wine influence here…but that isn’t a bad thing. There is no mistaking where the malt is from, but the finish gives a new lease of life and complexity to the whiskey.
Al Higgins notes
Apricots, honey, sweet white grapes and pineapple turnover with vanilla and a touch of ginger.
Juicy and mouth-filling with golden raisins, dried apricots, white chocolate and boiled sweets/pear drops.
More stone fruits, honey and some dusty oak tannins.
Really nice balance of fruit, spice and oak. A great addition to the series.
Omar has been lurking in the background of the Irish Whiskey Industry since 2010 when he started his journey through tasting, enjoying and collecting whiskey. In January 2018 he launched the online blog “That’s Dram Good” which, in those few short months, has become one of the most popular whiskey blogs in Ireland.
Over 20 years of experience in drinks retail and a member of the team at the Celtic Whiskey Shop since 2003. Alastair is chief tester and taster at the shop and is also coordinator for the Irish Whiskey Awards. When he is not working he is either training for ultra-marathons, parenting or drumming with his band Le Galaxie.
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