G’day guys. I’m still here, but this problem is really getting old. It is officially beyond a germaphobia joke now, it stopped being funny when it started being irritating and inconveniencing. And since, it has turned downright enraging. The whole country is shutting down, major events have been postponed if not cancelled entirely, going outside the house is discouraged, some parts of the country are now in lock-down and borders are shut. If I didn’t know any better I’d swear we were at war again. God knows that was the last time so much activity was halted. So we’re all stuck at home until this blows over, which we all pray is soon. Myself because I have plans for this year to better my life, but everyone’s losing business at the moment. All the pubs are shut, I don’t know what to do for lunch anymore. So as long as we’re all stuck where we are, we may as well get comfy. Pour yourself a glass of your favorite tipple, sit down, and have a read. While the liquor stores are still open, I’m still blogging. God forbid the day comes when they shut down because a customer coughs. I fear the day that such a contingency arises, but in preparation of such a worst case scenario I have preemptively bought a slab of Jameson whiskey. I didn’t want to, but when you’re stuck in a house full of people who subject themselves voluntarily to the news and then inflict it upon me, some amount is bound to seep through despite my best efforts.
So today I’m continuing with Irish whiskey, with another historic label; Teeling. I’ve visited this label in the past and I enjoyed it. Their Small Batch, a great bottle. Had a chocolatey flavor, I interpreted it as roasted barley, certainly there was some reminiscence of a stout. Very nice. So I’m keen to see how this different one goes, Teeling Single Grain. Not to be confused with their Single Malt. Single Grains are similarly coveted bottles. They sit alongside single malts on the shelves, but are characteristic oddballs when you consider their genes. Single malts, self-evidently by definition are made of malted barley. Scottish and Irish single malts are inherently made of one hundred percent barley. Where Single Grains differ, is they are made of basically everything but barley. Corn, wheat, rye, even oats, a blend of any amount of the following. The “single” part signifies the same that it does in “single malt”, it’s distilled at one single distillery.
Like the other Teelings, the Blanton’s, and a few other nicer whiskies, it comes with some details regarding the individual bottle. In the case of this one, the batch was bottled in February of Twenty-Sixteen. And finished in old wine casks. So I have some sweetness to look forward to. The bottle is the same shape of all other bottles in the Teeling range, this one is transparent glass with a white label. The whiskey inside shines a somewhat pale straw colour. So let’s see what character this possesses – A soft, gentle chocolaty scent, like your respectable leisurely milk chocolate bar. If there are any residual attributions carried over from the used wine barrels, it is so subtle that at this point they’re undetectable. Freed up in the open air of a glass on ice, the whiskey lets off the nose I’d have expected of the earlier Small Batch, finished in used rum barrels. A deep, rich sweetness comes into play, with an added buttery vanilla taste. And the taste; A sweet and spicy entry, generous in it’s fruitiness and soothing in texture. And an exit healthy of oaky goodness. This is completely different in character than the Small Batch, though it of course makes sense now; chalk and cheese, roasted barley and grains. But we can easily see how Teeling got to the top of the Irish whiskey food chain. A great whiskey, love Teeling