Mondays don’t normally bring good news nor does the Number 13, but yesterday Monday 13th February, Teeling Whiskey Co. brought us the news of the third instalment of their Revival range. The Boomtown Rats don’t like Mondays, well I bet they do now!
Quick Note – The Teeling family has been crafting Irish whiskey since 1782. Teeling distillery closed during the downturn sometime before 1972. In 2013 brothers Jack and Stephen Teeling opened the new distillery only a hop, skip & a jump away from the old distillery Walter Teeling established in 1782. Little fact – It was the newest distillery in Dublin in over 125 years.
The Revival – Volume III, a limited single malt release of 10,000 bottles to celebrate their 18-month anniversary of the opening of the Teeling Whiskey Distillery in Dublin, Ireland.
Revival – Volume III a 14 year old single malt, bottled at 46% ABV with no chill filtration. Distilled in 2002 and initially matured in Bourbon Casks with further maturation in 350L ex-Pineau Des Charentes casks. Pineau Des Charentes, a regional French aperitif most frequently found in SouthWestern / Western France. A quick lesson as to what Pineau Des Charentes is, it would be put simply a fortified wine made from fresh, grape juice to which a Cognac eau-de-vie is added and then matured in oak barrels.
I can’t wait to try the third instalment of the Revival. So here is a look back at the two previous Revival releases.
The Revival – Volume I. 15 Year Old, Single Malt.
Released back in November of 2015 as a commemorative limited release (10,000) bottling to mark the opening of their new distillery in Dublin.
A 15 year old single malt, distilled in 1999 matured exclusively in ex-Rum casks and bottled at 46% with no chill filtration.
RRP – Approximately £85.00 – €100.00 – $105.00
- Nose: Fragrant, fruity oak, coconut, sultanas and evaporated milk.
- Palate: Sweet dark spices, cola cubes, grapefruit, quite intense flavours yet the overall impression is light and playful.
- Finish: Long with white coffee, mixed peels, oak, a hint of smoke.
The Revival – Volume II. 13 Year Old, Single Malt.
After the success of Revival – Volume I, then came “The Second Coming” The Revival – Volume II. Released to celebrate Teeling Whiskey Distillery’s anniversary of being open 1 year.
A 13 year old Single Malt distilled in 2002, matured initially in ex-Bourbon casks for 12 months & then finished in 250 litre ex-Calvados French apple brandy casks for a further 12 months. Bottled at 46% ABV with no chill filtration.
RRP – Approximately £100.00 – €118.00 – $125.00
- Nose: Baked apples, cinnamon, candy sweets, floral.
- Palate: Puffed pastry & Tarte Tatin, toffee sweetness balanced with white pepper.
- Finish: Slightly tart green apple skins & cut grass.
A few years ago when I started to get into whiskey seriously, I came upon Teeling Small Batch on offer. I picked it up, bought it, took it home, opened it, drank it & well I rather much enjoyed it. It then lead me down the garden path to the Single Grain & Single Malt, at this point I knew I was a solid fan of Teeling Whiskey which meant my collection would grow. Teeling are doing things for Irish whiskey we could only dream of a while back. While they stay true to the roots of Irish Distilling they’re for ever creating new & exciting things.
Last year they brought out a 24 year old & 33 year old Irish Single malt. The 33 year old being some of the oldest Irish Single malt on the market & only 275 bottles produced meaning each bottle has a price tag of €3,500. A bottle I can only dram of owning. They say dreams come true, but I doubt this one will. I was lucky enough to set my eyes upon a bottle during a visit to the distillery.
If you ever have the chance to try any of the Teeling range try it. If you ever have the chance to visit the distillery do so, you won’t be disappointed by either.
Keep an eye out for my review of Teeling The Revival – Volume III when I get my hands on a bottle.
Over & out folks.
Whiskey JAC (Jamie).