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WHISKEY DREAMS – Kavanagh Single Malt

I’m not sure if this is a national brand or one created for Total Wine & More. I’ve never seen Kavanagh anywhere else, but that could just be me.

The whiskey is made by Kilbeggan on contract before getting the Kavanagh brand name on the bottle.

I’m always interested in trying new offerings, so I grabbed this bottle of Kavanagh Single Malt, and opened it when a friend stopped by yesterday.

I poured two glasses, sipped mine, and practically slapped the glass out my friends hand before she could take the first sip. She’s not a regular whiskey drinker, and I didn’t want her first taste of Irish Whiskey to be something so poorly representative of Irish Whiskey overall. I rinsed her glass out and poured her a glass of Tyrconnel Single Malt instead, which she enjoyed.

Kavanagh has a bit of nose burn and chemical smell that is hard to place. My son works in a warehouse, and I asked him to sniff it. He said it smelled like the chemicals they use to clean the concrete warehouse floors.

I can honestly say this is one of the few bottles I poured out. I can’t imagine drinking it in mixed drinks, or any other way. It scored a 3/100 because it took 3 sips to make my final decision. Don’t waste your money, its Just Bad.

Pros

  • My sink enjoyed it.
  • The holiday seasons are coming up. Gift it to someone you really don’t like.

Cons:

  • I poured a $25 dollar down the drain.
  • I gave it 3 points because it took me a full 3 (small) sips to decide this wasn’t drinkable.
BottleScorePrice
Redbreast 12 Year96$80 / 750ml
Jameson Distiller's Safe95$65 / 750ml
Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon94$45 / 750ml
Booker's "Sip Awhile" 2017-493$80 / 750ml
Knappogue Castle 14 Year92$68 / 750ml
Bib & Tucker91$75 / 750ml
Angels Envy90$65 / 750ml
Tyrconnel Single Malt87$49 / 750ml
Knappognue Castle 12 Year87$55 / 750ml
Powers Three Swallow87$38 / 750ml
Green Spot86$75/ 750ml
Tin Cup85$30 / 750ml
Smooth Ambler Old Scout Whiskey84$40 / 750ml
Kilbeggan Traditional Irish Whiskey84$30 / 750ml
Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition83$50 / 750ml
Lambay Cognac Finish83$65 / 750ml
Jameson Blender's Dog82$67 / 750ml
Redwood Empire Pipe Dream Bourbon81$45 / 750ml
Jameson Black Barrel81$39 / 750ml
Old Forester 187080$55 / 750ml
Jameson80$40 / 750ml
Don Julio 194280$160 / 750ml
Old Forester 189779$55 / 750ml
Michters US 1 Small Batch79$45 / 750ml
Yellowstone78$35 / 750ml
West Cork77$30 / 750ml
Manhattan - Four Roses Small Batch76$30 / 750ml
Basil Hayden's75$35 / 750ml
Manhattan Legent75$35 / 750ml
Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Bourbon75$35 / 750ml
Old Forester Statesman75$65 / 750ml
Hirsch Small Batch74$35 / 750ml
Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey74$45 / 750ml
Stillhouse Black Bourbon73$20 / 750ml
Legent72$35 / 750ml
Proper Twelve71$30 / 750ml
Teeling Whiskey70$50 / 750ml
Redbreast Lustau 12 Year Old70$80/ 750ml
Tullamore Dew Crock69$40 / 750ml
Manhattan - Bulleit Bourbon69$28 / 750ml
Manhattan Knob Creek Small Batch69$30 / 750ml
Manhattan Dogfish Head Alternate Takes69$55/ 750ml
Bird Dog Kentucky Bourbon68$22 / 750ml
Cruzan No. 9 Spiced Rum67$20 / 750ml
Beer Barrel Bourbon66$35 / 750ml
Four Roses Small Batch66$30 / 750ml
Manhattan - Elija Craig Small Batch66$27 / 750ml
Gentleman Jack65$35 / 750ml
Powers Gold Label Irish Whiskey65$35 / 750ml
Quiet Man Traditional65$40 / 750ml
Kraken Rum64$25 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew63$25 / 750ml
Bushmills Irish Whiskey62$31 / 750ml
Writers Tears61$35 / 750ml
Jefferson60$25/ 750ml
Old Grand-Dad 11459$30 / 750ml
Fighting Cock58$18 / 750ml
Elijah Craig57$27 / 750ml
Bulleit Bourbon56$28 / 750ml
Buffalo Trace55$25 / 750ml
The Sexton54$40 / 750ml
Manhattan - Redemption Bourbon53$30 / 750ml
Jack Daniels`51$25 / 750ml
Knob Creek Small Batch49$30 / 750ml
Widow Jane45$70 / 750ml
Teeling Single Malt43$65 / 750ml
GlenGoyne 12 Year42$75/ 750ml
Dogfish Head Alternate Takes41$55/ 750ml
Redemption40$30 / 750ml
Rowan's Creek39$30 / 750ml
Hudson Whiskey Baby Bourbon38$50 / 750ml
Manhattan - American XXX Born35$26 / 750ml
Woodford Reserve30$13 / 50ml
Breaker29$60 / 750ml
Pure Kentucky28$40 / 750ml
Stranahan's Single Malt27$65 / 750ml
Winchester Extra Smooth15$23 / 750ml
Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey10$20 / 750ml
Hill Billy9$20 / 750ml
Fireball5$18 / 750ml
Balvenie Caribbean Cask2$90 / 750ml
American XXX Born - Bourbon Whiskey1$26 / 750ml

WHISKEY DREAMS – Stranahan’s Single Malt

I’ve read several rave reviews of Stranahan’s Single Malt, and was looking forward to a wonderful experience drinking this American Bourbon.

This is different, it is essentially an American single malt scotch made in Colorado. The nose on this whiskey is sweet vanilla on top of marshmallow. With its clean, sweet nose, without any alcohol burn, this whiskey begs to be sipped.

This is where things fell apart a little for me. I have to be honest, I’m not huge fan of Scotch. I don’t enjoy smoky, oily alcohol. I love bourbon and Irish Whiskey however. Stranahan’s Single Malt isn’t peated, so I wasn’t expecting this to have such strong burnt notes. Stranahan’s Single Malt has a blackened, burnt marshmallow flavor that is just a little oily, and which coats your palate. If you like Scotch, you might find this whiskey to be quite enjoyable, for me, that burnt flavor killed the experience.

For me, this was a 27/100. I will finish the bottle in mixers, but I wouldn’t buy something this expensive to make Manhattan’s with.

Pros

  • Who doesn’t want to try an American Single Malt?
  • If you like burnt marshmallow, you will love this whiskey.

Cons:

  • The char on this whiskey is super strong. It brings up blacked, burnt marshmallows and the flavor is super clingy.
  • The char is hard to escape, it is really overpowering the sweet vanilla.
BottleScorePrice
Redbreast 12 Year96$80 / 750ml
Jameson Distiller's Safe95$65 / 750ml
Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon94$45 / 750ml
Booker's "Sip Awhile" 2017-493$80 / 750ml
Knappogue Castle 14 Year92$68 / 750ml
Bib & Tucker91$75 / 750ml
Angels Envy90$65 / 750ml
Tyrconnel Single Malt87$49 / 750ml
Knappognue Castle 12 Year87$55 / 750ml
Powers Three Swallow87$38 / 750ml
Green Spot86$75/ 750ml
Tin Cup85$30 / 750ml
Smooth Ambler Old Scout Whiskey84$40 / 750ml
Kilbeggan Traditional Irish Whiskey84$30 / 750ml
Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition83$50 / 750ml
Lambay Cognac Finish83$65 / 750ml
Jameson Blender's Dog82$67 / 750ml
Redwood Empire Pipe Dream Bourbon81$45 / 750ml
Jameson Black Barrel81$39 / 750ml
Old Forester 187080$55 / 750ml
Jameson80$40 / 750ml
Don Julio 194280$160 / 750ml
Old Forester 189779$55 / 750ml
Michters US 1 Small Batch79$45 / 750ml
Yellowstone78$35 / 750ml
West Cork77$30 / 750ml
Manhattan - Four Roses Small Batch76$30 / 750ml
Basil Hayden's75$35 / 750ml
Manhattan Legent75$35 / 750ml
Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Bourbon75$35 / 750ml
Old Forester Statesman75$65 / 750ml
Hirsch Small Batch74$35 / 750ml
Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey74$45 / 750ml
Stillhouse Black Bourbon73$20 / 750ml
Legent72$35 / 750ml
Proper Twelve71$30 / 750ml
Teeling Whiskey70$50 / 750ml
Redbreast Lustau 12 Year Old70$80/ 750ml
Tullamore Dew Crock69$40 / 750ml
Manhattan - Bulleit Bourbon69$28 / 750ml
Manhattan Knob Creek Small Batch69$30 / 750ml
Manhattan Dogfish Head Alternate Takes69$55/ 750ml
Bird Dog Kentucky Bourbon68$22 / 750ml
Cruzan No. 9 Spiced Rum67$20 / 750ml
Beer Barrel Bourbon66$35 / 750ml
Four Roses Small Batch66$30 / 750ml
Manhattan - Elija Craig Small Batch66$27 / 750ml
Gentleman Jack65$35 / 750ml
Powers Gold Label Irish Whiskey65$35 / 750ml
Quiet Man Traditional65$40 / 750ml
Kraken Rum64$25 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew63$25 / 750ml
Bushmills Irish Whiskey62$31 / 750ml
Writers Tears61$35 / 750ml
Jefferson60$25/ 750ml
Old Grand-Dad 11459$30 / 750ml
Fighting Cock58$18 / 750ml
Elijah Craig57$27 / 750ml
Bulleit Bourbon56$28 / 750ml
Buffalo Trace55$25 / 750ml
The Sexton54$40 / 750ml
Manhattan - Redemption Bourbon53$30 / 750ml
Jack Daniels`51$25 / 750ml
Knob Creek Small Batch49$30 / 750ml
Widow Jane45$70 / 750ml
Teeling Single Malt43$65 / 750ml
GlenGoyne 12 Year42$75/ 750ml
Dogfish Head Alternate Takes41$55/ 750ml
Redemption40$30 / 750ml
Rowan's Creek39$30 / 750ml
Hudson Whiskey Baby Bourbon38$50 / 750ml
Manhattan - American XXX Born35$26 / 750ml
Woodford Reserve30$13 / 50ml
Breaker29$60 / 750ml
Pure Kentucky28$40 / 750ml
Stranahan's Single Malt27$65 / 750ml
Winchester Extra Smooth15$23 / 750ml
Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey10$20 / 750ml
Hill Billy9$20 / 750ml
Fireball5$18 / 750ml
Balvenie Caribbean Cask2$90 / 750ml
American XXX Born - Bourbon Whiskey1$26 / 750ml

WHISKEY DREAMS – Lambay Single Malt Cognac Cask

Interesting fact. Do you know how this whiskey got its name?

Lambay is an island off the coast of Ireland, which is where this whiskey was born.

After Lambay Island gives birth to this single malt it is aged before being transferred into cognac casks from Maison Camus to finish.

The single malt, and the cognac cask finish create a complex, smooth, yet biting whiskey. The nose is enticing and fills your nose with burnt honey? I don’t know what kind of honey is strong, but the sweetness here isn’t just sugar, its deeper and hard to put my finger on. The initial sip mimics the nose, at least for a split second. It starts sweet and dark and then quickly fills your palate with woody tanins that turn dry as the cognac finish comes through.

This is a whiskey with depth and complex flavors, and it is very well rounded. It is both smooth, yet has a bite, and it all comes together very well, which the reason this scored 83/100.

For me, its not going to make it into my Whiskey Safe, but if I can find another bottle on sale, I will definitely pick it up.

Pros

  • Fruit and honey on the nose
  • Bold honey that mixes with subtle notes of vanilla
  • Ends with the complex, dry depths of the cognac casks

Cons:

  • A little pricey at $70, if I can find it around $55 to $60 I’d pick up another bottle
  • The cognac finish may not be for everyone as it leaves a woody depth to the whiskey
BottleScorePrice
Redbreast 12 Year96$80 / 750ml
Jameson Distiller's Safe95$65 / 750ml
Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon94$45 / 750ml
Booker's "Sip Awhile" 2017-493$80 / 750ml
Knappogue Castle 14 Year92$68 / 750ml
Bib & Tucker91$75 / 750ml
Angels Envy90$65 / 750ml
Tyrconnel Single Malt87$49 / 750ml
Knappognue Castle 12 Year87$55 / 750ml
Powers Three Swallow87$38 / 750ml
Green Spot86$75/ 750ml
Tin Cup85$30 / 750ml
Smooth Ambler Old Scout Whiskey84$40 / 750ml
Kilbeggan Traditional Irish Whiskey84$30 / 750ml
Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition83$50 / 750ml
Lambay Cognac Finish83$65 / 750ml
Jameson Blender's Dog82$67 / 750ml
Redwood Empire Pipe Dream Bourbon81$45 / 750ml
Jameson Black Barrel81$39 / 750ml
Old Forester 187080$55 / 750ml
Jameson80$40 / 750ml
Don Julio 194280$160 / 750ml
Old Forester 189779$55 / 750ml
Michters US 1 Small Batch79$45 / 750ml
Yellowstone78$35 / 750ml
West Cork77$30 / 750ml
Manhattan - Four Roses Small Batch76$30 / 750ml
Basil Hayden's75$35 / 750ml
Manhattan Legent75$35 / 750ml
Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Bourbon75$35 / 750ml
Old Forester Statesman75$65 / 750ml
Hirsch Small Batch74$35 / 750ml
Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey74$45 / 750ml
Stillhouse Black Bourbon73$20 / 750ml
Legent72$35 / 750ml
Proper Twelve71$30 / 750ml
Teeling Whiskey70$50 / 750ml
Redbreast Lustau 12 Year Old70$80/ 750ml
Tullamore Dew Crock69$40 / 750ml
Manhattan - Bulleit Bourbon69$28 / 750ml
Manhattan Knob Creek Small Batch69$30 / 750ml
Manhattan Dogfish Head Alternate Takes69$55/ 750ml
Bird Dog Kentucky Bourbon68$22 / 750ml
Cruzan No. 9 Spiced Rum67$20 / 750ml
Beer Barrel Bourbon66$35 / 750ml
Four Roses Small Batch66$30 / 750ml
Manhattan - Elija Craig Small Batch66$27 / 750ml
Gentleman Jack65$35 / 750ml
Powers Gold Label Irish Whiskey65$35 / 750ml
Quiet Man Traditional65$40 / 750ml
Kraken Rum64$25 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew63$25 / 750ml
Bushmills Irish Whiskey62$31 / 750ml
Writers Tears61$35 / 750ml
Jefferson60$25/ 750ml
Old Grand-Dad 11459$30 / 750ml
Fighting Cock58$18 / 750ml
Elijah Craig57$27 / 750ml
Bulleit Bourbon56$28 / 750ml
Buffalo Trace55$25 / 750ml
The Sexton54$40 / 750ml
Manhattan - Redemption Bourbon53$30 / 750ml
Jack Daniels`51$25 / 750ml
Knob Creek Small Batch49$30 / 750ml
Widow Jane45$70 / 750ml
Teeling Single Malt43$65 / 750ml
GlenGoyne 12 Year42$75/ 750ml
Dogfish Head Alternate Takes41$55/ 750ml
Redemption40$30 / 750ml
Rowan's Creek39$30 / 750ml
Hudson Whiskey Baby Bourbon38$50 / 750ml
Manhattan - American XXX Born35$26 / 750ml
Woodford Reserve30$13 / 50ml
Breaker29$60 / 750ml
Pure Kentucky28$40 / 750ml
Stranahan's Single Malt27$65 / 750ml
Winchester Extra Smooth15$23 / 750ml
Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey10$20 / 750ml
Hill Billy9$20 / 750ml
Fireball5$18 / 750ml
Balvenie Caribbean Cask2$90 / 750ml
American XXX Born - Bourbon Whiskey1$26 / 750ml

WHISKEY DREAMS – The SExton

I love the bottle and the little skeleton on The Sexton bottle. I named him Mr. Bones, because I’m quite original. The design is also used on the cork, which is a nice design touch.

The first thing I did after pouring this dark earthy single malt into my glass was to take a long slow pull through my nose. That dark earthy color speaks to the nose well. It is strong, if a little muddled. I start to smell that single malt goodness, but it quickly mixes with black licorice and cold medicine.

For $35 bucks you can do better. You won’t find a single malt at that price, but you do have other options that don’t taste like a black licorice cold medicine science experiment.

Put all that together and you get a disappointing single malt, that lives up to my theory that fancy bottles are used to make up for lower quality in other areas. The Sexton scored a 54/100, putting it firmly into the Mixed Drinks Only category.

Pros

  • Very cool bottle.
  • Very cool cork.
  • It will get you drunk.

Cons:

  • Has a strange black licorice flavor that ends with a cold medicine aftertaste.
BottleScorePrice
Redbreast 12 Year96$80 / 750ml
Jameson Distiller's Safe95$65 / 750ml
Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon94$45 / 750ml
Booker's "Sip Awhile" 2017-493$80 / 750ml
Knappogue Castle 14 Year92$68 / 750ml
Bib & Tucker91$75 / 750ml
Angels Envy90$65 / 750ml
Tyrconnel Single Malt87$49 / 750ml
Knappognue Castle 12 Year87$55 / 750ml
Powers Three Swallow87$38 / 750ml
Green Spot86$75/ 750ml
Tin Cup85$30 / 750ml
Smooth Ambler Old Scout Whiskey84$40 / 750ml
Kilbeggan Traditional Irish Whiskey84$30 / 750ml
Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition83$50 / 750ml
Lambay Cognac Finish83$65 / 750ml
Jameson Blender's Dog82$67 / 750ml
Redwood Empire Pipe Dream Bourbon81$45 / 750ml
Jameson Black Barrel81$39 / 750ml
Old Forester 187080$55 / 750ml
Jameson80$40 / 750ml
Don Julio 194280$160 / 750ml
Old Forester 189779$55 / 750ml
Michters US 1 Small Batch79$45 / 750ml
Yellowstone78$35 / 750ml
West Cork77$30 / 750ml
Manhattan - Four Roses Small Batch76$30 / 750ml
Basil Hayden's75$35 / 750ml
Manhattan Legent75$35 / 750ml
Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Bourbon75$35 / 750ml
Old Forester Statesman75$65 / 750ml
Hirsch Small Batch74$35 / 750ml
Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey74$45 / 750ml
Stillhouse Black Bourbon73$20 / 750ml
Legent72$35 / 750ml
Proper Twelve71$30 / 750ml
Teeling Whiskey70$50 / 750ml
Redbreast Lustau 12 Year Old70$80/ 750ml
Tullamore Dew Crock69$40 / 750ml
Manhattan - Bulleit Bourbon69$28 / 750ml
Manhattan Knob Creek Small Batch69$30 / 750ml
Manhattan Dogfish Head Alternate Takes69$55/ 750ml
Bird Dog Kentucky Bourbon68$22 / 750ml
Cruzan No. 9 Spiced Rum67$20 / 750ml
Beer Barrel Bourbon66$35 / 750ml
Four Roses Small Batch66$30 / 750ml
Manhattan - Elija Craig Small Batch66$27 / 750ml
Gentleman Jack65$35 / 750ml
Powers Gold Label Irish Whiskey65$35 / 750ml
Quiet Man Traditional65$40 / 750ml
Kraken Rum64$25 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew63$25 / 750ml
Bushmills Irish Whiskey62$31 / 750ml
Writers Tears61$35 / 750ml
Jefferson60$25/ 750ml
Old Grand-Dad 11459$30 / 750ml
Fighting Cock58$18 / 750ml
Elijah Craig57$27 / 750ml
Bulleit Bourbon56$28 / 750ml
Buffalo Trace55$25 / 750ml
The Sexton54$40 / 750ml
Manhattan - Redemption Bourbon53$30 / 750ml
Jack Daniels`51$25 / 750ml
Knob Creek Small Batch49$30 / 750ml
Widow Jane45$70 / 750ml
Teeling Single Malt43$65 / 750ml
GlenGoyne 12 Year42$75/ 750ml
Dogfish Head Alternate Takes41$55/ 750ml
Redemption40$30 / 750ml
Rowan's Creek39$30 / 750ml
Hudson Whiskey Baby Bourbon38$50 / 750ml
Manhattan - American XXX Born35$26 / 750ml
Woodford Reserve30$13 / 50ml
Breaker29$60 / 750ml
Pure Kentucky28$40 / 750ml
Stranahan's Single Malt27$65 / 750ml
Winchester Extra Smooth15$23 / 750ml
Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey10$20 / 750ml
Hill Billy9$20 / 750ml
Fireball5$18 / 750ml
Balvenie Caribbean Cask2$90 / 750ml
American XXX Born - Bourbon Whiskey1$26 / 750ml

WHISKEY DREAMS – KNAPPOGNUE CASTLE 14 YEAR

I realized I’d never actually said the name of this whiskey until someone asked me what I was drinking this weekend – which made me try and say it, realize it sounded wrong, and then go look it up on the wondrous internets.

So how pronounce this excellent single malt’s name?

The nice people at the distillery actually put this right at the top of their web page:

Knappogue Castle Single Malt Irish Whiskey is named for the castle which inspired it, but the word itself has a meaning of its own. Knappogue (pronounced Nah’ Pogue) translates to hill of the kiss in Gaelic. Such a romantic word is only fitting for such a beautiful and iconic landmark.

So two syllables, and the K is silent. I’ve recently been on an Irish Whiskey kick, and I have to tell you I have now added Knappogue Castle to my bucket list. Its temporarily closed at the moment due to Covid-19, but when it opens, you can go visit at Quin Rd, Knopoge, Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland. I’m hoping to get there and enjoy some whiskey and a medieval themed banquet which they are apparently known for.

If you’re a Whiskey Dreams fan, you know that I reviewed the Knappogue Castle 12 Year back in may, and gave it high marks for flavor and complexity with a score of 87/100.

A natural question is what does 2 more years in the barrel do for this Knappogue Castle 14 Year? And did I compare it to the 12 Year?

Knappogue Castle 12 & 14 Year

The short answers are, a lot, and yes I did. The 12 Year is well worth the money, and the 14 Year only adds to the taste and depth of the whiskey, adding in layers of taste that stick to the back of my tongue in a very pleasing way.

The 14 Year has a stronger initial flavor that carries through to the swallow, and doesn’t suffer from the same negative woody pepper aftertaste the 12 Year did. Those flavors hit the buttery cookie flavor I’ve come to love in Irish single malts, but dances with other hints of vanilla, spice, and leather that are tantalizing, earning this Knappogue Castle 14 Year a hard to beat 92/100.

Knappaogue Castle 14 Year Single Mat

Pros

  • Intoxicating vanilla and spice that swirl with depth.
  • Buttery cookies that dance on the palate, hinting at vanilla and spice that keep you sipping, trying to place the flavors.
  • A great value at $68.

Cons:

  • How long will I be able to get this before people realize how good it is and start hording?
  • Probably not a dram for someone just learning to appreciate whiskey.
BottleScorePrice
Redbreast 12 Year96$80 / 750ml
Jameson Distiller's Safe95$65 / 750ml
Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon94$45 / 750ml
Booker's "Sip Awhile" 2017-493$80 / 750ml
Knappogue Castle 14 Year92$68 / 750ml
Bib & Tucker91$75 / 750ml
Angels Envy90$65 / 750ml
Tyrconnel Single Malt87$49 / 750ml
Knappognue Castle 12 Year87$55 / 750ml
Powers Three Swallow87$38 / 750ml
Green Spot86$75/ 750ml
Tin Cup85$30 / 750ml
Smooth Ambler Old Scout Whiskey84$40 / 750ml
Kilbeggan Traditional Irish Whiskey84$30 / 750ml
Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition83$50 / 750ml
Lambay Cognac Finish83$65 / 750ml
Jameson Blender's Dog82$67 / 750ml
Redwood Empire Pipe Dream Bourbon81$45 / 750ml
Jameson Black Barrel81$39 / 750ml
Old Forester 187080$55 / 750ml
Jameson80$40 / 750ml
Don Julio 194280$160 / 750ml
Old Forester 189779$55 / 750ml
Michters US 1 Small Batch79$45 / 750ml
Yellowstone78$35 / 750ml
West Cork77$30 / 750ml
Manhattan - Four Roses Small Batch76$30 / 750ml
Basil Hayden's75$35 / 750ml
Manhattan Legent75$35 / 750ml
Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Bourbon75$35 / 750ml
Old Forester Statesman75$65 / 750ml
Hirsch Small Batch74$35 / 750ml
Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey74$45 / 750ml
Stillhouse Black Bourbon73$20 / 750ml
Legent72$35 / 750ml
Proper Twelve71$30 / 750ml
Teeling Whiskey70$50 / 750ml
Redbreast Lustau 12 Year Old70$80/ 750ml
Tullamore Dew Crock69$40 / 750ml
Manhattan - Bulleit Bourbon69$28 / 750ml
Manhattan Knob Creek Small Batch69$30 / 750ml
Manhattan Dogfish Head Alternate Takes69$55/ 750ml
Bird Dog Kentucky Bourbon68$22 / 750ml
Cruzan No. 9 Spiced Rum67$20 / 750ml
Beer Barrel Bourbon66$35 / 750ml
Four Roses Small Batch66$30 / 750ml
Manhattan - Elija Craig Small Batch66$27 / 750ml
Gentleman Jack65$35 / 750ml
Powers Gold Label Irish Whiskey65$35 / 750ml
Quiet Man Traditional65$40 / 750ml
Kraken Rum64$25 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew63$25 / 750ml
Bushmills Irish Whiskey62$31 / 750ml
Writers Tears61$35 / 750ml
Jefferson60$25/ 750ml
Old Grand-Dad 11459$30 / 750ml
Fighting Cock58$18 / 750ml
Elijah Craig57$27 / 750ml
Bulleit Bourbon56$28 / 750ml
Buffalo Trace55$25 / 750ml
The Sexton54$40 / 750ml
Manhattan - Redemption Bourbon53$30 / 750ml
Jack Daniels`51$25 / 750ml
Knob Creek Small Batch49$30 / 750ml
Widow Jane45$70 / 750ml
Teeling Single Malt43$65 / 750ml
GlenGoyne 12 Year42$75/ 750ml
Dogfish Head Alternate Takes41$55/ 750ml
Redemption40$30 / 750ml
Rowan's Creek39$30 / 750ml
Hudson Whiskey Baby Bourbon38$50 / 750ml
Manhattan - American XXX Born35$26 / 750ml
Woodford Reserve30$13 / 50ml
Breaker29$60 / 750ml
Pure Kentucky28$40 / 750ml
Stranahan's Single Malt27$65 / 750ml
Winchester Extra Smooth15$23 / 750ml
Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey10$20 / 750ml
Hill Billy9$20 / 750ml
Fireball5$18 / 750ml
Balvenie Caribbean Cask2$90 / 750ml
American XXX Born - Bourbon Whiskey1$26 / 750ml

WHISKEY DREAMS – Teeling Single Malt

The nose on this Teeling Single malt is a a one two punch. It starts with that sweet butter cookie and fruitiness, then catches on the second step with sharp woodiness that dissolves into a complex note of fruitiness.

That all makes sense when you look at what Teeling has to say about this whiskey:

Made with Irish Whiskeys distilled from 100% malted barley, matured and finished in casks that impart the influence of five wine casks (Sherry, Port, Madeira, White Burgundy, Cabernet Sauvignon). This Irish Single Malt Whiskey delivers a unique fruit-forward flavour profile that is complex, yet balanced and has often been described as “a symphony” of flavour.”

Sadly, that interesting nose comes right through on the palate. You get that initial single malt loveliness, and for me, a swell of hope that this is a competitor to Redbreast, then the oak comes burning in on the back of my tongue and overpowers everything else. All the time spent in those different casks imparted a wonderful complexity, but at the cost of picking up a lot of sharp tannins.

Teeling Single Malt has one a bunch of rewards, but what I can tell you is the people who ranked it so highly must love scotch. This doesn’t quite have a smoke burn to it, but the time spent in multiple wine barrels has really filled this whiskey with tannins and woodiness that overpowers the sweetness of the single malt and the fruitiness of the sherry casks.

The end result is something that is tantalizing, but just not quite there. For me, this scored a 43/100, which puts it into the “Mixed Drinks Only” category.

Pros

  • Complex, strong flavors.
  • If you love single malts, its a must try.

Cons:

  • Sharpness on the back of the tongue that continues into the aftertaste.
  • The intricacy of the flavors is overpowered by the sharp woodiness the whiskey picked up in the different barrels.
  • Too expensive to be such a let down.
BottleScorePrice
Redbreast 12 Year96$80 / 750ml
Jameson Distiller's Safe95$65 / 750ml
Colonel E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon94$45 / 750ml
Booker's "Sip Awhile" 2017-493$80 / 750ml
Knappogue Castle 14 Year92$68 / 750ml
Bib & Tucker91$75 / 750ml
Angels Envy90$65 / 750ml
Tyrconnel Single Malt87$49 / 750ml
Knappognue Castle 12 Year87$55 / 750ml
Powers Three Swallow87$38 / 750ml
Green Spot86$75/ 750ml
Tin Cup85$30 / 750ml
Smooth Ambler Old Scout Whiskey84$40 / 750ml
Kilbeggan Traditional Irish Whiskey84$30 / 750ml
Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition83$50 / 750ml
Lambay Cognac Finish83$65 / 750ml
Jameson Blender's Dog82$67 / 750ml
Redwood Empire Pipe Dream Bourbon81$45 / 750ml
Jameson Black Barrel81$39 / 750ml
Old Forester 187080$55 / 750ml
Jameson80$40 / 750ml
Don Julio 194280$160 / 750ml
Old Forester 189779$55 / 750ml
Michters US 1 Small Batch79$45 / 750ml
Yellowstone78$35 / 750ml
West Cork77$30 / 750ml
Manhattan - Four Roses Small Batch76$30 / 750ml
Basil Hayden's75$35 / 750ml
Manhattan Legent75$35 / 750ml
Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Bourbon75$35 / 750ml
Old Forester Statesman75$65 / 750ml
Hirsch Small Batch74$35 / 750ml
Glendalough Double Barrel Irish Whiskey74$45 / 750ml
Stillhouse Black Bourbon73$20 / 750ml
Legent72$35 / 750ml
Proper Twelve71$30 / 750ml
Teeling Whiskey70$50 / 750ml
Redbreast Lustau 12 Year Old70$80/ 750ml
Tullamore Dew Crock69$40 / 750ml
Manhattan - Bulleit Bourbon69$28 / 750ml
Manhattan Knob Creek Small Batch69$30 / 750ml
Manhattan Dogfish Head Alternate Takes69$55/ 750ml
Bird Dog Kentucky Bourbon68$22 / 750ml
Cruzan No. 9 Spiced Rum67$20 / 750ml
Beer Barrel Bourbon66$35 / 750ml
Four Roses Small Batch66$30 / 750ml
Manhattan - Elija Craig Small Batch66$27 / 750ml
Gentleman Jack65$35 / 750ml
Powers Gold Label Irish Whiskey65$35 / 750ml
Quiet Man Traditional65$40 / 750ml
Kraken Rum64$25 / 750ml
Tullamore Dew63$25 / 750ml
Bushmills Irish Whiskey62$31 / 750ml
Writers Tears61$35 / 750ml
Jefferson60$25/ 750ml
Old Grand-Dad 11459$30 / 750ml
Fighting Cock58$18 / 750ml
Elijah Craig57$27 / 750ml
Bulleit Bourbon56$28 / 750ml
Buffalo Trace55$25 / 750ml
The Sexton54$40 / 750ml
Manhattan - Redemption Bourbon53$30 / 750ml
Jack Daniels`51$25 / 750ml
Knob Creek Small Batch49$30 / 750ml
Widow Jane45$70 / 750ml
Teeling Single Malt43$65 / 750ml
GlenGoyne 12 Year42$75/ 750ml
Dogfish Head Alternate Takes41$55/ 750ml
Redemption40$30 / 750ml
Rowan's Creek39$30 / 750ml
Hudson Whiskey Baby Bourbon38$50 / 750ml
Manhattan - American XXX Born35$26 / 750ml
Woodford Reserve30$13 / 50ml
Breaker29$60 / 750ml
Pure Kentucky28$40 / 750ml
Stranahan's Single Malt27$65 / 750ml
Winchester Extra Smooth15$23 / 750ml
Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey10$20 / 750ml
Hill Billy9$20 / 750ml
Fireball5$18 / 750ml
Balvenie Caribbean Cask2$90 / 750ml
American XXX Born - Bourbon Whiskey1$26 / 750ml