Showing posts with label Teeling Whiskey. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Teeling Whiskey. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Teeling Blackpitts Peated Single Malt. A Whiskey Fest in Cork next March. Cocktail Competition from Killowen

Teeling Blackpitts Peated Single Malt. A Whiskey Fest in Cork next March. 

Cocktail Competition from Killowen.


Teeling Blackpitts Peated Single Malt 46% ABV

I stood up quickly. Had just smelled smoke. Where was the source? Looked at the sockets. Though it wasn’t that kind of smoke. Opened the windows. Nothing burning out front. Back door. Nil again. Back in. Saw the empty Liberator bottle. The empty glass. The empty jigger. Smoke source! On my armchair table. So, sometimes, the old nose gets the aromas. The Liberator was the Port 'n Peat.

No problem getting the aromas with this Teeling Blackpitts, their first peated whiskey. They are dominated by peat though I’d call it turf (which is a whole lot different to BBQ smoke). You really have to probe well with the proboscis to smell anything else under the blanket of peaty smog.

The turf continues impressively on the palate, reinforcing the spice, and there’s a sweetness too, presumably from the Sauternes casks. Yet, the maturation somehow has rounded down the smoke effect and the finish is a good balance between the turf and the casks.

That Liberator Storehouse Special Port ’n’  Peat (it's deliberately limited) had the properties to edge me along the old smoky road, but this one makes me pause. Not too sure how far I want to travel beyond that smoke threshold.

There may be one particular reason for encouragement and I have seen it mentioned in a few places. It seems the triple distillation process that Teeling employed here (and normally employ) ”reduces some of the medicinal character you would get from a traditional Scottish Peated Single Malt…”.

And then I had Take Two where, without the initial smoke-shock of the first tasting, myself and Blackpitts got on much better together! Hope for the future then!

The Blackpitts is a non chill filtered, peated, single malt whiskey, aged in a combination of ex-Bourbon and ex-Sauternes wine casks. As you probably know, Sauternes is a highly regarded sweet wine from the Bordeaux region though there is a huge array of prices, ranging from under twenty to many hundred euro per bottle. They don’t say if the casks used here had been filled with the more expensive or the less expensive Sauternes!

* I got mine via the Hip Flask Service at Bradleys of Cork. The general retail price per bottle seems to be in the mid to high 50s.

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Killowen Pangur Poitín
Cocktail Competition

Having declared '2022 - The Year of Poitín' Killowen have decided to run a competition to help promote poitín as a premium spirit for quality cocktails.

Pangur Poitín, which you will use for the competition, has been developed with the cocktail makers of today in mind.

So, are you a budding mixologist or looking to add to your experienced repertoire of cocktails, and want to win £500 in cash? Then this is the competition for you!

Details for the competition can be found on our website on the following link:
Be sure to share this with any budding cocktail makers you know and best of luck to those entering. We can't wait to see what you come up with.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

So Many Whiskey Choices with Tiny Tipple

Many Whiskey Choices with Tiny Tipple

My Prize

Have you ever wanted to taste an expensive bottle of whiskey or brandy but couldn't justify the price? Tiny Tipple gives you the chance to try premium spirits from Ireland (mainly) and also from around the world at a fraction of the cost.

They operate from The Irishman's Bar and Lounge, Court Place, in Carlow. Enjoy a 50ml miniature of the whiskey of your choice, carefully hand bottled and wax sealed, in the comfort of your own home. Pick and choose your own whiskey flights to broaden your  whiskey palate or simply purchase as a gift for the whiskey enthusiast. More details here.

A while back I spotted a little competition on Twitter and won the four 50ml miniatures below. 

Waterford Sheestown 1.1 Single Farm Origin Single Malt 50% abv

Mid gold with amber tints is the colour of this single farm, single malt from Waterford. Aromas, pleasant and of moderate intensity, include clove and rich dried fruit. Spice, with clove again, features in the taste and there’s quite a citrus element as well, plus a little heat. There’s a long finish to this one, that clove still an actor, spicy too and warming.

A few drops of water increases the visibility of the “oil” clinging to the glass. It also opens up the fruit on the palate and marginally reduces the heat and the clove effect while the finish is still long and very satisfactory.

My first tasting of a Waterford. Very impressive.

You can get a huge amount of info on this whiskey on the Waterford website including that the barley was grown not in Waterford but in neighbouring Kilkenny in an area called Sheestown. Defined by a geology of limestone and sandstone, Sheestown is a rolling, lowland terroir of well-drained loamy soil with outcrops of gravel and drier hilltops. Philip O’Brien has farmed here for half a century, while his daughter, Maura, works at the distillery.

The barley variety is Irina. Much more info on the website!


Teeling Whiskey Dublin Distilled Single Pot Still, 46%, 

Another 50ml bottle from Tiny Tipples, who say: The second release of the Teeling Single Pot Still (Batch 2). A highly anticipated whiskey that has been matured in a combination of virgin oak, ex-wine and ex-bourbon barrels. Bottled B2: 01/2019.

Teeling themselves: Discover an unconventional take on a classic Irish style of Whiskey. The first Whiskey to be distilled in Dublin in nearly 50 years, our Single Pot Still pays homage to a Dublin style made famous by the old, now closed, Dublin Whiskey Distilleries.Teeling Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey is crafted using a uniquely Irish mash bill consisting of 50% malted and 50% unmalted barley that has been triple distilled and matured in a combination of American Virgin Oak, Bourbon, and Sherry casks.This is not how everyone makes Irish Whiskey – it’s the Teeling way.  That’s the Spirit of Dublin.

The nose is of moderate intensity, lightly floral and slightly fruity. And you notice the malt in the palate,  a joyful melange of grain, fruit, spice and creamy toffee. Spice and sweetness too towards the end before a dry finale. Very well balanced whiskey, very accomplished indeed.

A few drops of water has a marginal beneficial influence here.

On sale at around €55.00 per bottle


JJ Corry The Gael Batch 3 Blend, 46% abv

This is the first release from the County Clare Bonders.  Bonders? During the ‘golden age’ of Irish Whiskey (in the 19th and 20th centuries), there were hundreds of distilleries. Most did not have their own brands of whiskey at that time, however. These distilleries made their new make whiskey spirit and sold it wholesale to the Bonders to age, blend and bottle. The bonders were the publicans, grocers and mercantile owners. 

Chapel Gate whiskey, whose operation is on the McGuane family farm in County Clare, aims to resurrect the lost art of the Irish whiskey bonder through their JJ Corry label.

Tiny Tipple  say this is a “fabulous bottle with great transparency on the label. A fabulous dram.”  Tiny Tipple are a great way of sampling more whiskey without having to buy a full bottle every time. All Tiny Tipples come in a standard 50ml hand filled wax sealed bottle. Some info on the Tiny label and more on their website.

Batch No.3 of Corry’s is an award winning blend of Malt and Grain whiskey. It is 50% Vatted Grain, 49.5% Vatted Malt and 0.5% Single Malt ‘Top Dressing’.They say it is “the perfect marriage of Irish Whiskey flavours. Comprised of some of the oldest whiskeys in our library of flavours, The Gael is the perfect representation of our fruit bomb house style with layers of complexity.” 

Aromas are pleasant, a mix of fruit (lemon) and spice. Very smooth on the palate, with white fruit and citrus in the lead. Good finish too, with apple notes, and probably a bit longer, I thought, than the medium claimed. I like this one a lot, especially the juicy and fruity palate. A full bottle will cost you €80 to 85.

  • Wouldn’t normally be thinking of adding water to a 46% whiskey but a few drops here enhanced the smoothness. By the way, it doesn’t have to be a few drops (although that’s my way); at a recent online Dingle tasting, the distillery indicated to add what you like, that it is your whiskey!

The Busker Triple Cask Blend 40% abv 

Beautiful fruit (exotic) and vanilla seems to be the message from the aromatics in this inviting mid-gold coloured whiskey in The Busker series by the Royal Oak Distillery. It has been matured and finished in Bourbon, Marsala and Sherry casks. I’m now expecting something smooth and on the sweet side and I’m not disappointed at all.

It is smooth and rich on the palate and, yes, sweetish with chocolate and fudge in the mix, and a touch of cinnamon spice. The sweetness continues through the beautifully balanced finish.

With water…. No real change on the nose but there is some extra smoothness both in the mouth and in the finish. No great change but then this is a more or less normal 40% and hardly in need of water at all.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Cheers - Beer, Wine, Spirits. With Red Nose Wine, Bradley's, Wicklow Wolf, Waterford Whiskey Society, BeoirFest, Whiplash, Teeling

Cheers 211202
Beer, Wine, Spirits
with Red Nose Wine, Bradley's, Wicklow Wolf, 
Waterford Whiskey Society, BeoirFest, Whiplash, Teeling

Its Spring(ish) & more wines just in 

"Thank you for your patience as we have had the shop on a partial closure ( i.e. take orders for collection and in some cases delivery ). We felt it was the right thing to do with the numbers so high. 

The good news is that the bare shelves have been restocked and a few new wines have arrived including a big winter Malbec Gran Reserva. 

We hope to open up again properly soon but for the moment we will keep the the call/email to order for collection model. You can pay over the phone and we can drop it out to your car without any contact when you collect. In some instances, for our more vulnerable customers, we can arrange to drop it to locally. 

You can email with an idea of what you want or alternatively call 085-8889045 and we will get back to you with options asap. Ideally we plan to facilitate collections twice a week as the shop won’t be manned at regular hours." 


Wicklow Wolf Strikes Again

Apex Espresso 

Endangered Species No. 16 


We have taken our delicious Oatmeal Stout, Apex and let our brewer’s imagination run wild. The result? An Espresso Oatmeal Stout. We enlisted the help of our friends in Java Republic to add over 2,500 fresh shots of AA Single Origin Costa Rican Dota espresso to the brew.

Apex Espresso is a delicious, 6.5% oatmeal stout that is packed full of fresh dark fruits, chocolate, honey and of course a strong burst of fruity espresso. These flavours are all supported with a hint creamy sweetness and a smooth, lingering finish leaving you wanting more.



Here you have it, our very own silly stout. Fakey made a brief appearance on draught back toward the end of 2019 when we’d just commissioned our new brewhouse and we’ve been wanting to put this very silly beer to can for some time now. A nice counterbalance to the no frills Fatal Deviation, Fakey Cake Maker sees us frill it up with a very complex grist of Pilsner, Carabohemian, British Dark Crystal, Chocolate malt and molasses rich Muscovado Sugar to lay the thick engine oil, soupy soupy groundwork for more messing in tank. Fermented on Coconut Puree for a creamy and thick Bounty Bar mouthfeel consistency before a heavy coffee addition of bright single origin Ethiopian coffee from our friends at 3FE and the final addition of roasted hazelnuts to garnish this sauce with more decadence.
We’d considered the addition on a fine brogue but were unsure of how to fit it in the mash filter, but we won’t be annoyed if anyone sends us their best pic of this being poured lavishly from a shoe.
2/3 new beers launching this evening on the webshop.
ABV 11.0%
440ml Cans
Artwork by Sophie Devere

Bradleys Have It In The Bag For You
Bags of love in Bradley’s this week! #ValentinesDay #Champagne #wine #craftbeer #whiskey #chocolate


BeoirFest Tasting Tables

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Interested in Irish Craft Beer? Check out our series of tasting tables. Each week we'll have 3 brewers (& a beer each) getting together to compare, contrast, discuss and just generally chat.

Starting Feb 27. #craftbeer #irishbeer


Teeling whiskey tasting

Online Event - Waterford Whiskey Society is delighted to announce that their second tasting for 2021 will take place over ZOOM on Tuesday the 22nd February at 7:00pm.
At the start of the tasting we will be guided through a virtual tour of the distillery itself, its history and location.
The event will feature the Teeling Whiskey Distillery and the tasting will be led by Chris Hayes their European Brand Ambassador.
Get all the details here but don't delay!