Irish Single Malt Whiskey Review
Teeling Blackpitts Peated
Irish Single Malt Whiskey
From the Distillery Website
An inviting nose where barbeque smoke and cloves are intermingled with fresh notes of butterscotch and orange peel.
On the palate a fascinating blend of Applewood smoke, honey and all spice are married with stewed pears and fresh grilled pineapple. This whiskey finishes with the return of a savoury smoke over a lingering wood undertone, which combines delightfully with notes of salted caramel.
Todays review we look at Teeling Blackpitts, a peated triple distilled Irish single malt whiskey. The sample was kindly provided for free as part of an online whisky tasting event hosted by Dewars Aberfeldy just before Christmas. Four whiskys were sampled and the Teeling was the only Irish Whiskey in the line up, however, the after tasting chat by fellow Certified Original members choose the Teeling as the standout dram from the lineup.
Teeling as mentioned, is part of Dewars Aberfeldy, which in turn is owned by Bacardi Ltd. It is an Irish Whiskey based out of Dublin in Ireland, they have several non age statement expressions of which the Blackpitts is one of their more recent releases. Blackpitts in bottled at 46% ABV and is non chill filtered. There appears to be no colour statement on either the website or the bottle, however, looking at our sample, it is a pale almost white wine colour which suggests no E150 here. You can pick a bottle up online for an average price of £50.75 which is generally around the price where most of their lineup sits. For a value score it achieves 91.66 out of 100.
The Blackpitts, which is a single malt whisky, has been matured in a combination of two thirds ex-bourbon and a third ex-sauternes wine cask. To reduce some of the usual medicinal notes associated with traditional peated whisky and to bring forth more BBQ smoky quality, the spirit is triple distilled.
On the nose it start fruity with a lovey citrus butterscotch note, the butterscotch is more a creamy butter and toffee. But also there is that funky milk chocolate note that is shows up in a few whiskies we love. There isnt any noticable peat however, there is a very subtle smoke. It is fantastic nose that does get better with time. There is a slight alcohol nip reminiscent of vodka.
On the palate, the citus is there but there is also notes of maybe melon and peach. Then the funky milk chocolate note appears, the same note that is shared with Bimber and Westland. There is also a buttery pastry and malt note. The finish is where there is an indication that this has been peated, there is a slighly charred malty note, more of a peat than a smoke. The alcohol strength is hidden well and doesn't indicate that it needs dilution with water.
This is a lovely dram, however, the peat could be a bit more present, but maybe this will come with enjoying a bottle, giving the time and patience to reveal itself fully.
We would buy a bottle, over the festive periods we kept our eye on pricing, no discounts revealed themselves however. With an average price of £50.75, it is more expensive than we would like to pay, but some retailers have it at under £50. For an overall score we rate the Blackpitts 87 out of 100, which narrowly edges out the Hinch Irish whisky we review previously.