Teeling Brabazon Series 03 14 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey (700ml)
One only from a private collection. Shows some minor handling and scuff marks.
Other reviews... Sourcing Pedro Ximénez casks used since 1918 at a bodega in Jerez, Teeling left this whiskey to finish for 3 years. A bouquet of sweet red apple, black grape, dried fruits, and blueberry, with sweet roasted cashews, dry spices, and a slight herbal edge. Blue fruits, plum, cinnamon, and bitter chocolate are harried ferociously by spicy peppercorn, leaving a finish of bruised orchard fruit. Add water and the fruit really shines. (10,000 bottles)
90 points - whiskyadvocate.com, reviewed by: Jonny McCormick 2020
...We haven’t tried #02, but we thought #01 had been pretty pretty good. What’s more, it’s perfect that they would have added the age statement this time, while since the finishing period in PX lasted for 3 long years (in whisky making, years are always longer), this is more double-maturation than a simple finishing. All cleared then, let’s proceed… Colour: gold. Nose: it’s absolutely not one of those hastily PX-ed whiskies that are invading our shelves, with rather some perfect walnut cake, a rum-raisin combo, a rather lovely kind of earthiness that you would also find in some high-end pipe tobaccos or teas, and then a feeling of prunes soaked in old armagnac. That’s all pretty ‘meta’, with this impression of whiskey – rum – brandy blend that would just work in this case. It’s even a little troubling, shall we say, but will this happen on the palate as well? Mouth: clearly and purely Irish this time, the whisky’s won it, with the usual and much expected tropical fruits, mangos, then rather tarte tatin and mirabelle jam. A handful of sultanas too, then a touch of hops and flowery/fruity herbal tea. More leaves and grass appearing after a short while, together with touches of cloves, caraway and nutmeg. Notes of proper old PX. Finish: rather medium, with some muscovado sugar, more cloves, and our friends the ripe mirabelles. Leafier aftertaste (tea). Comments: just excellent. Great work with ‘proper’ PX, I think, with even a wee feeling of V.O.R.S. that I just forgot to mention before. 87 points - whiskyfun.com