4 Countries – 4 Whiskey.
No brands – no labels – no bias.
Stripped of back stories, tales of terroir, pricing or provenance – only my palate decides.
This is what I found.
Teeling Blackpitts, Single Malt, 46%, Ireland
With only 1 sample exhibiting gorgeous peaty aromas there wasn’t much competition. Blackpitts was a clear winner bursting with fresh vitality & flavourful bouquets. Being Teeling’s own distillate just adds icing on the cake.
Suntory Toki, Blend, 43%, Japan
A fresh, clean engaging blend sporting lively grain elements with an enjoyable dry bite. A delightful offering.
Chivas Regal Extra, 13 Year Old, Blend, 40%, Scotland
A straightforward caramalised blend with a pleasing sherry finish. I find added caramel muddies the flavours & dulls them down a touch, loosing that fresh vitality along the way.
Penderyn Icon Of Wales #3, Single Malt, 41%, Wales
Penderyn can be hit or miss with my palate. If it had been the fabulous peated Icon Of Wales #6, Royal Welsh – Blackpitts might have been under pressure! Dylan Thomas sadly just didn’t excite.
What would your palate have picked?