The new Teeling 28 Year Old Single Malt received the highest rating of any Irish Whiskey at this year’s International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC), hot on the heels of the 24 Year Old expression being named World’s Best Single Malt in 2019.
The 28 Year Old scored 96 out of 100 and received a subsequent gold medal at the IWSC.
It is made from the exact same distillate as the world-beating 24 Year Old, Stephen Teeling told the Drinks Adventures podcast.
Both are from the Teeling family’s stock of aged whiskies that they retained after selling the Cooley Distillery brand to spirits giant Beam in 2011, before launching Teeling Irish Whiskey the following year.
“We found this 1991 distilled single malt had huge, huge fruit flavours, but maybe lacked a small element of a long finish,” Stephen Teeling said.
“So we actually took the whiskey out of ex-bourbon barrels and finished them in Sauternes casks for 12 months.”
Sauternes cask finish
Sauternes is an appellation for sweet wines from the Graves sub-region of Bordeaux, France.
Teeling said the technique of finishing in barrels that had previously held Sauternes had clearly proven a winning formula.
Prior to the 24 Year Old winning top prize at the World Whiskies Awards in 2019, the 21 Year Old achieved a record 99-point rating with the Beverage Tasting Institute in 2014.
The new 28 Year Old is the exact same spirit, which has been matured for eight years in the Sauternes casks and bottled at 46 per cent ABV, non-chill filtered.
“It’s slowly but surely getting smaller and smaller,” Teeling says.
“We only have 4,000 bottles of this one. It’s a lovely journey seeing what these Sauternes casks are doing to that fruit-forward distillate.
“There’s a small hint of peat in there, which again is complemented by the Sauternes casks.
“It’s really, really unusual and absolutely delicious.”
There are just 60 bottles of the Teeling 28 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey available in Australia.
Teeling Brabazon Series 3
Also new in Australia is Teeling Brabazon Series 3, a 14 Year Old single malt whiskey finished in Pedro Ximénez sherry casks.
The Brabazon bottlings celebrate “the combination of the old and new”, with the aim of producing very unique and interesting Irish whiskies.
“For Series 3 we have worked with a unique and high quality, family owned winery dating back to 1729 in the famous Jerez area of Spain,” the company said.
“For over 300 years they have specialised in the Pedro Ximénez grape and we have sourced some ancient barrels from them which had been used since 1918 in their small bodega.
“These rare PX barrels were filled with our single malt, which was distilled in 2005 and left for over three years to impart the full range of flavour and character on the whiskey.
“The result is truly a unique whiskey bursting with baked fig, caramelised fruits and distinctive smoothness.”
Both the Teeling 28 Year Old (RRP $750) and Teeling Brabazon Series 3 (RRP $155) are available in Australia through Dan Murphy’s.
Also currently available are the Renaissance Volume 1 18 Year Old (RRP $210) and the Single Pot Still (RRP $72.99).
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