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Taste review of Teeling Whiskey







Teeling is another Irish whiskey company that proves to the world why Irish Whiskey is amongst the best. Offering 4 different twists, we managed to get our hands on 3 of them.

  • Teeling small batch (rum casks):

Teeling Small Batch Irish WhiskeyThis small batch bottling consists of hand selected casks which are given further maturation in ex-Flor de Cana Rum barrels imparting an extra sweet and smooth flavour unique to Irish Whiskey. By bottling at 46% with no chill filtration completes an Irish Whiskey of true character. This is a full bodied whiskey that gives you notes of spice and citrus when sipping. which begs for cuddling under a warm blanket on a cold winter night whilst sipping away. The color is a warm copper shade and really inviting. Its aroma has notes of vanilla and rum, the latter because of the casks used. This one is strong and beasty so try it if you are in to that sort of taste, if not, then it might be worth adding some water if it’s too strong for you. 

  • Teeling single grain (wine casks):

Teeling Single Grain Irish Whiskey

With not many other Irish single grain whiskeys in circulation, this twist from Teeling is unique in that it has been kept in Californian Red Cabernet Sauvignon casks. Lovely and sweet with a good deal of spice and fruit sit waiting in this glorious blend. The nose is of apple, red grape and brown sugar where as the taste is very syrupy and of spicy cranberries. One of my personal cravings – I love this one after tasting it once!



  • Teeling vintage reserve (21 year old):

Teeling Silver Reserve 21 yearThere’s no wonder why this one has won various awards. It’s really easy sipping and if you don’t pay attention, you will finish the bottle very easily and wake up with a smile on your face to combat the hangover.  Smelling of grapes and white chocolate, the taste resembles a sweet yet sharp tone of chocolate and honey with a sprinkle of salt. This Silver Reserve bottling consists of 21 Year Old Irish whiskey distilled in 1991 and matured firstly in Bourbon casks then allowed to marry in Sauterne wine casks to provide a truly unique Irish whiskey taste experience. Hurry though, there were only 5 000 bottles released.

If the editor has any say:

5 Stars Review

A huge thanks goes out to Teeling for sending us some samples, without which I would not have tasted some of the best drinks out there. If you want some excellent Irish whiskey, please give Teeling a shot, you will thank me forever. My favorite is the wine cask single grain – absolutely amazing!  

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Taste review of Fireball Whiskey (Blended Whiskey)

We thought this was worth a mention, because it is something unique and definitely worth a shot or two.

Hailing in from Canada, Fireball Cinnamon Whisky (or Fireball Whiskey) is a cinnamon-flavored liqueur style whisky produced by the Sazerac Company in Canada.

  • Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey:

fireball cinnamon whiskey


This tastes just like the name suggests, cinnamon with a kick to it. Hints of whisky do come through but that will be the last thing on your mind when drinking this.

If the editor has any say:

3 Stars Review

Cheap and different, worth taking a couple of bottles to a party in order to keep warm.



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Review of the best Scottish whisky brands

Scottish whisky, or Scotch, is by far the most popular around the world (note the spelling of whisky and not whiskey – please read here for more on that).  Scottish whisky brands are traditionally blended with malted barley, they are double-distilled and very commonly peated. This in turn results generally in a stronger and darker whisky, as opposed to Irish whiskey for example.

scottish whisky brands

Looking at Scottish whisky brands, here are some of the greats:


  • Chivas Regal:

Chivas RegalBy far one of the most well known and easily enjoyable blended whiskies in the world. If you are going to try your first blended whisky then go for this one.

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  • Dalwhinnie:

 dalwhinnie whiskey One of my favorites, this one certainly does not disappoint nor will it have you out of pocket. Slightly strong and peaty, but gorgeous in flavors and depth, a true winner.

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  • Glenfiddich:

GlenfiddichWell well well, this is a very refined whisky that will always be accepted with a huge smile by gift receivers around the world. It’s very smooth with an oaky flavour, no reason why not to have some.

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Review of the best Irish whiskey brands

Irish whiskey is considered by most to be the best there is and ever will be. Irish whiskey brands are traditionally blended with both un-malted and malted barley in pot stills, they are triple-distilled and not commonly peated. This in turn results generally in a smoother and lighter whiskey as opposed to Scottish whisky for example.

irish whiskey brands





Looking at Irish whiskey brands, here are some of the greats:


  • Bushmills Whiskey:

Bushmills whiskeyBushmills create a fabulous whiskey – if you get the chance, try the 16yr Single Malt. It has a sweet and rich flavour to it mainly because of the mixed ageing process in bourbon, sherry and port casks. It smells of nuts and fruit and has a really creamy and sweet finish. Lovely!

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  • Jameson Whiskey:

Jameson WhiskeyBy far one of the most well known and easily enjoyable blended whiskies Ireland have to offer. It has a hint of sweet nutty flavour and is slightly “woody”.

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  • Redbreast Whiskey:

Redbreast WhiskeyA highly reputable whiskey, having won awards and mentions in various books. It is a wonderfully balanced pure pot still (made with malted and un-malted barley and distilled entirely in pot stills) Irish Whiskey, with a warm texture, it comes packed with rich and sweet flavours, giving you a spicy kick to knock you out.

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Review of the best whiskey gadgets

Here are some of the best whiskey gifts and gadgets out there, some of which would make perfect gifts.

  • Whiskey stones:

Whiskey stonesCall the whisky stones or whiskey stones, either way they are excellent little things. For those who want a chilled whiskey but do not want to dilute the flavour with ice, these stones are perfect. Made from granite, they simply hill your drink as a block of ice would, except it will not affect the taste.

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  • Jameson Irish coffee shot pack:

Jameson Irish coffee shot packThis is a brilliant idea – a unique way of making an authentic Irish Coffee.


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  • Macallan ‘Golden Promise Barley’ Pewter Stopper:

Macallan 'Golden Promise Barley' Pewter StopperIf you want to wow your guests then buy this stopper – it’s unique and cheap!


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  • Hoffman Mrs Lucky Leprechaun Musical (Empty) Decanter:

Hoffman Mrs Lucky Leprechaun Musical (Empty) DecanterAn excellent way to keep your loved ones distracted while you pour yourself another drink!


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  • Electronic Cigar:

Electronic whiskey cigarI know this isn’t directly whiskey related but everyone loves a cigar with their whiskey, so why not try one of these bad boys. No external smoke, so no complaints from people around you.


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Review of the best whiskey bottles

We have rounded up some of the best looking bottles which the world of whiskey (and whisky) has to offer.

  • Chivas Revolve:

Chivas RevolveChivas brothers have brought us this spinning bottle which will keep you entertained as it allows you to twirl the decanter whilst sipping your drink.


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  • Chivas Royal Salute – A Tribute to Honour:

Chivas Tribute to Honour

Chivas have designed the most expensive bottle of whisky (yes, the bottle comes with whisky) which is dressed with 413 black and white diamonds, studded across the stopper, collar and sterling silver plinth of the bottle, while having a stunning replica of the Sword of State on the front of the bottle, flanked by exquisitely-crafted golden lions.




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  • Nikka Gold & Gold:

Nikka Japanese SoldierNikka have made this exquisite bottle of a Japanese soldier…a real authentic touch.








Gordon & MacPhail:

Gordon & MacPhailA Sleek bottle filled with the oldest single malt whisky, distilled in 1938.


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Inish Turk Beg:

Inish Turk BegThis Irish design will keep you wondering if you have maybe had a bit too much to drink.


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Review of the best whiskey books

I’m certain you will agree with me if I say that sipping on a great Malt and reading a book do not mix. Having to focus on a story line whilst savoring a glorious glass of your favorite whiskey is hard … unless it is a book about whiskey!

Here are some of the best whiskey reference books which should always be close by your side.

  • 101 Whiskies to try before you die:

101 whiskies to tryDefinitely a must, if you want to buy a book then get this one!


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  • 101 World Whiskies to try before you die:

101 World Whiskies to tryThe sequel of “101 Whiskies to try before you die” – a really good book which you should get along with the one above.


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  • Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2014:

Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2014A review of over 4000 of the world’s best whiskies. Each year, this is one of the most anticipated books in the world of whiskey.


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Taste review of Ardbeg 10 yr (Single Malt Whisky)

Ardbeg 10 yr
What a great birthday gift











Being one of the greats Scotland has to offer, this smooth beast comes from Islay and is on par with the best in the region.  Sometimes referred to as the peatiest, smokiest, most complex single malt of them all. Yet it does not flaunt the peat; rather it gives way to the natural sweetness of the malt to produce a whisky of perfect balance.

Typically most whiskies are chill-filtered and reduced to a strength of 40% ABV.  Ardbeg Ten Years Old, however, is non chill-filtered and has a strength of 46% ABV, thus retaining maximum flavour, at the same time giving more body and added depth. It is pure whisky with none of the goodness taken out!

  • Ardbeg 10 Year Old Malt Whisky:

Ardbeg 10 year old giftArdbeg 10 year old is a whisky that has a smooth taste followed by a slightly smoky aftertaste. Notes of vanilla, citrus and sea spray fill your nose, shortly followed by an explosion of tasteful lemon & lime and smoky flavour.





If the editor has any say:

4 Stars Review

My personal recommendation … try this, it’s gorgeous! 

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Taste review of Three Ships 10 yr (Single Malt Whisky)

Sedgwick distillery




With South Africa being well known for their wine, we thought we should try out one of their most famous malts from the James Sedgwick distillery in Wellington.

  • Three Ships 10 Year Old Malt Whisky:

three ships malt whiskyThree Ships Single Malt is a limited edition whisky filled with the heart and spirit of South Africa, and matured at the James Sedgwick Distillery. This is a full bodied whisky which has a long warm finish giving you the feel for a true African Summer day. The color is a warm copper shade and although it contains a hint of peat, it is not as smoky as you would expect.  Its aroma is slightly sweet with hints of dried fruit and fudge. All I can say on this one is, if you can afford it, try it!

If the editor has any say:

3 Stars Review

Definitely something different from somewhere different … definitely worth a glass or two but nothing overly amazing! 

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We would really like to get our hands on some other samples this distillery has to offer and let you know which are worth spending your money on.