Similarly, Single Grain is a corn whiskey that’s aged in California cabernet sauvignon barrels. It’s a surprising spirit, in part, because grain whiskeys are generally viewed as a “bulk spirit” produced to fill out a blend. “People tend to be put off by single grain whiskeys, but we wanted to show people that they can be nice, unique and interesting,” he says.
It is. It’s a gorgeous copper-colored whiskey that’s soft and buttery with red berry and spice notes, and a dry finish.
Teeling takes an experimental approach to whiskey-making, which is why it took nine months and 27 attempts to settle on the right blend for its Single Malt. Ultimately, Chasko settled on a multi-vintage spirit that melds whiskey that has been finished in port, sherry, white Burgundy, cabernet sauvignon and Madeira casks.
The whiskey’s nose has notes of marzipan, white pepper and honey, and a complex flavor that’s full of spice and cloves, citrus and vanilla.
Teeling’s whiskeys are unmistakably Irish whiskeys. But they’re often not what you expect.