Top 20 Whiskies of 2020

#15 • Teeling Single Pot Still

Teeling Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey bottle shot
  • Rank: 15
  • Year: 2020
  • Score: 92
  • Price: $75
  • ABV: 46%
  • Style: Single Pot Still
  • Place of Origin: Ireland

Triple-distilled in Dublin, Teeling’s debut single pot still expression is distinctive in its unusual 50:50 mashbill of malted to unmalted barley, adding an element of virgin American oak to deliver a charismatic quality and texture. The nose is reminiscent of cinnamon breakfast cereal, with delicate touches of melon and white grape, but it’s the vibrancy of the cinnamon, nutmeg, and pepper at this perfect proof that most impresses, taking a decisive lead over the soft stone and orchard fruit and glossy caramel flavors. —Jonny McCormick