Getting started on our All I Want For Christmas articles we thought to hit things off with The Blend. Last year we looked at the ever classic Suntory Hibiki 17yo (our ever favourite Japanese blend). This year we are flying back over to the other side of the world to examine the Teeling Small Batch by Irish distiller Teeling Whisky Co.
Blended whisky can be great and in fact can be fabulous when done right. Considering blends are the massive majority of the global whisky trade it can be too easy to write one off in preference of a single malt classifying a blend as generic or the lesser. Challenge the stereo type and keep trying something different.
Often mistaken for a single malt purely because of its roundness, the Teeling Small Batch is a double distilled blended whisky with spirit created for a specific purpose. Unlike many other blending houses which take grain and malt from many distilleries, the Small Batch is a Teeling product to the core made by Teeling for Teeling. Combining both single malts (ratio between 30% to 40%) and corn single grains (ratio of 60%+) the spirits are aged in ex-bourbon casks then finished in Nicaragua ex-rum casks. These ex-rum casks deliver another level of uniqueness to the Teeling Whiskey Small Batch. Our initial impressions are always consistent from batch to batch with a clear high grain influence (try the Teeling Single Grain a crowd favorite in our tastings) that seems to be emphasised by the rum casks.
Teeling Whiskey Small Batch
Distiller: Teeling Whiskey Co.
Region: Dublin, Ireland
Wood: Ex-bourbon matured, Flor de Cana Rum Cask Finish
Colour: White gold
Nose: Apple pie, dark chocolate, coffee, brown sugar and vanilla oaks wrapped in mild tobacco leaf.
Taste: Brilliant and bright with woody spice muddled through with vanilla, raspberry & coffee notes. Creamy and spicy with a good dash of residual molasses bonding to the palate in an oily nature.
Finish: Long and woody with a spice prickle to the lips and a drying palate.
This is a great Christmas gifting option for those wanting to give something special and unique at a price point hard to beat. Available at all Dan Murphy’s for around $58, this is a blend worth celebrating.
Be sure to check out out other All I Want For Christmas posts: The Single Malt; The Bourbon; The Glass.