The Dublin of yester-year was a hotbed of whiskey production. There were so many whiskey distilleries concentrated in the one area that that section of town was called The Golden Triangle. Ah what a place. One of those Golden Triangle distilleries was Teeling which was opened in 1782. The glory days of Old Dublin weren’t to last though and Irish whiskey went into decline during the 19th century. That was until entrepreneurs like Jack and Stephen Teeling decided to do something about it. Their new distillery, built in 2015, stands right near where the original Teeling distillery was back in the 1780s. To celebrate this rebirth of Irish whiskey they released their Renaissance series. Teeling 18 Years Old Renaissance #5 Calvados is the fifth release in this series and was aged in ex-bourbon barrels before being finished in ex-calvados casks. This gives the whiskey a kaleidoscope of sweet fruit flavours and a soft spice. The nose has aromas of candied apples, cinnamon, baked pears and mint. On the palate is apple pie, raisins, a little pepper and jasmine. The finish is maple syrup, dried red fruits and a slight tannin edge.