Peat might be a staple in Scotch, but Irish whiskey doesn’t usually embrace it. Teeling are certainly doing that with their Blackpitts Peated Single Malt.
Bringing home the peat
Teeling isn’t an old brand, having been founded in 2012, but they have certainly been shaking things up in the Irish whiskey market. Blackpitts is an extension of this innovative side of the brand. They have a whole range called the Unconventional Collection, so it makes sense they’d have some less obvious malts in their roster.
Blackpitts comes under this range and is the newest addition to the line up. It’s named for the Blackpitts area of Dublin anjd has been matured in Sauternes Wine casks as well as ex-Bourbon casks.
Founder and managing director of Teeling, Jack Teeling, said: “When we re-established Teeling whiskey in 2012 our goal was to be the leader in driving the choice and expressions of Irish whiskey as well as to revive distilling in the city of Dublin. With our new Blackpitts Peated Single Malt we manage to achieve both. The combination of the age-old malting process of using smoke from peat to dry the malted barley combined with the triple distillation in our Dublin distillery, produces a very unique Teeling whiskey.
“While this style of whiskey is not for everyone, the whiskey drinkers who enjoy this unique smoky character really do seek it out and it is only right that there is a Teeling, Dublin and Irish whiskey available to cater for this interest. Rooted in history but encapsulating a true modern approach, our new Blackpitts is truly unconventional Irish whiskey at its finest.”
Tasting notes for Teeling Blackpitts Peated Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
Bottle cost: £44.13
The nose is warming from the get go, with big notes of cinnamon, cloves and smoke. It is clean and crisp, with a caramel and cinder toffee sweetness. Citrus fruits and creamy butterscotch also come through.
The palate is full of smoke and smooth honey. The richness of the honey is excellent with the tangy smoke. Exotic pineapple and mango give it a lovely fruity backdrop. Orchard fruits also appear, further adding to the freshness of the overall flavour.
The finish lingers on smoke and caramel.
This is an exceptional peated malt from Teeling. They are master of the craft and utilise the flavours of the peat perfectly. More unconventional whiskies like this are called for!
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