For those who make it to Ireland and start to explore beyond the big daddy Midleton, known best for its Jameson brand, there are a plethora of options… yet still only a small yet growing number of distillers.
Teeling is one of them and relatively recently launched a new “Brabazon Bottling” series – to explore maturation experiments with fortified wine – kicking off with this Sherry avatar and then launching a Port version for the 2nd series. Our host had tried both and knew to reverse the tasting order so we had the 2nd first and the 1st second. But what matters more than series and tasting order is what we thought!
Teeling Brabazon Sherry 49.5% (Series 1, 02/2018)
- Nose – Heavier than the Port, dark plums, fruity, sharp cheddar, direct, liquorice, black olives or capers… and after the 1st sip, it was an explosion of Christmas qualities, dried fruits, cinnamon, cloves, ginger…. then settling into a caramel with a hint of salt and toast
- Palate – Usual… like a sweet apple and ginger chutney, kiwis, cloves, chocolate… while wasn’t massively complex, it had a strong character, quite tasty with a light Christmas pudding
- Finish – Beautiful! The finish was really long… really really long… with a curl of liquorice
Early reactions to this one after the 1st sip was “I like it! I really like it!” With comments about how it simply envelops into a nice warm hug… In many ways it was the yin to the yang of the Port with a slower start on the nose, blooming fully on the palate, and slowly tapering into a lingering finish.
Which sparked a lively comparison between the two non-chill filtered Brabazon Bottling boys… Which was preferred? Why?
Some were decidedly against this one. Finding it a bit challenging and lacking in a certain something required to make an appealing tipple. Others had the opposite reaction, really enjoying it.
I’ll admit I was in the 2nd camp and found it an interesting twist on the sociable quality I’ve come to expect from Teeling.
And what do the folks at Teeling have to say?
- Nose – Earthy dried fruit and roasted hazelnut, with marmalade, peach, plum and burnt toffee.
- Taste – A rich sherry sweetness, red berries, nuttiness and toffee, with a hint of of liquorice and clove.
- Finish – Lingering mixed spice, trail-mix, crisped marshmallow, dry tannins and spice with toasted wood.
What else was picked up Whisky Ladies Irish Trio:
- Glendalough 13 year Mizunara Finish 46%
- Teeling Brabazon Port 49.5% (Series 2)
- Teeling Brabazon Sherry 49.5% (Series 1) – This post
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