What is hybrid whisk(e)y I hear you ask; well it is controversial to start with. Hybrid whisky is effectively vatted whisky (different single malts mixed in a barrel and left to mature) from two different countries. Now before I start getting mail from the powerful Scottish Whisky Association the Scottish Whisky Store is not in support of such sacrilege. The reason we don’t support it is that no-one has managed to make a good hybrid whisky yet. Previously Bruichladdich of Islay teamed up with Cooley distillery in Ireland and produced a whisky called ‘Celtic Malt’ which had the Scottish Whisky Association up in arms and confined ‘Celtic Malt’ to the naughty step however reports were that it wasn’t that good anyway.
However the owners of Cooley distillery have not forgotten the idea. The Teeling brothers sold the Cooley distillery to the American Whisky company Beam Global (Jim Beam) and have not rested on their cool $95 million. They have started the Teeling Whisky Company and have created another Hybrid Whisky to release to the market. Again they used Cooley Irish whiskey and Bruichladdich single malt whisky to create this bastard whisky. So is it any good? The retail price of £30 would suggest not that good, however reviews so far have been relatively positive although the purists will never be satisfied, and neither will the SWA.