Teeling Riesling Cask Grand Cru Edition is a collaboration between one of the foremost Irish whiskey families and a leading family-owned German winery. I’ve already given away who the former is. (Teeling, in case you’re still in doubt.) And the latter is Reichsrat von Buhl.
The Teeling Riesling Cask Grand Cru Edition is basically Teeling’s Small Batch Whiskey but finished for 18 months Grand Cru Riesling casks. Only 3000 bottles were released in September 2021, but a year later there are still many available in Dutch, German and Belgian shops. That’s not the best sign. Then again, Teeling rarely has hyped releases that sell out in an instant.
Teeling Riesling Cask Grand Cru Edition (46%, OB, 2021)
Nose: Rather light with a touch of minerals but mostly gentle fruits (kiwi/banana/apricots), a whiff of honey, warm apple compote and crème caramel. It’s not very expressive or rich. Taste: The Small Batch DNA is certainly here. Orange liqueur, some apricots, and spicy ginger and white pepper. It’s sweet yet somewhat fruity (nectarine), and more expressive than the nose suggests. Finish: Lingering spices and bitter grass. Fairly short.
Sorry to conclude this, but I wouldn't call the Teeling Riesling Cask Grand Cru Edition an improvement over the 2020 version of Teeling Small Batch that I tried most recently. It's undeniably young and the grain whiskey has a strong foothold on the overall flavour experience.