Welcome to The Cask! This is the first edition of my new column reviewing Whiskey from around the world. I'll start with a little about me, I love whiskey. I enjoy all kinds of whiskey, typically you'll find a Scotch drinker, a Bourban man, the finicky "Must be a single malt" kind of guy, and then lastly you'll find me. I enjoy whiskey's from all over and of all kinds. From Copper-Still Moonshine from a farm to the finest single malt Scotch. If it's whiskey - it's probably for me.
We're going to start out with my new favorite whiskey, right out of Dublin, Ireland comes: Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey.
This is Teeling's entry level bottle. They've stated they are trying to shoot for a mid-level whiskey notched above the standard Jameson, Bushmill's or Tullamore Dew category.
Price: $39.99 - Mid Level
The price is of course going to vary as to where you buy, but for me here in Metro Detroit, Michigan it was $39.99. Not quite high enough to be considered "Top-Shelf" or "Premium" but certainly not the $20-$25 bottle of Jameson we're used to seeing get chugged on St. Patrick's Day. It's a tad pricey for your "everyday selection" but as you'll see in the next segment, I firmly believe it is worth every penny.
Quality: Rocks Sipper - 2
To explain my Quality ratings for my first edition of The Cask, my rankings are as follows:
- Rocks Sipper
- Ice Sipper
The top ranking I'll give a Whiskey is Sipper -1. If it's smooth enough/good enough to be drank without any kind of chilling or mixing it's the best. The difference between Rocks and Ice Sipper, is having it literally on Whiskey Rocks (great product if you're serious about whiskey you need these, they are cheap and amazing) versus Ice. Ice melts and waters down the whiskey, this is great for whiskeys that are borderline or just a hair over a Mixer. Mixer, is as you guessed, there to mix with a soda and are typically cheap.
As you can see it received my second highest mark. I've recommended it to many people and haven't had a single person dislike it. The only thing that keeps it from that coveted #1 Sipper ranking for me is that it just...loses something when it gets warm. The whiskey rocks are perfect for Teeling. It'll keep it cold and not change the flavor on you, which is good, because the flavor is awesome.
The Bushmill's 10 year is lurking in the background, and I'll be sure to do a write up on that one as maybe my 3rd or 4th edition of The Cask. Yes, that means if it's well received I already have 3 more editions of The Cask planned out.
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