Teerenpeli is the producer of first commercially available Finnish single malt whisky. The 8 year old is matured in a mixture of 200 liter Ex-Bourbon (60%) and 2nd fill Ex-Sherry (40%) casks. I had a chance to taste it when attending a distillery tour at Teerenpeli’s Grill & Distillery Taivaanranta in Lahti.Teerenpeli 8YO was a positive surprise, because I had heard and read not that good things about it from Finnish whisky enthusiastics. Highland Park is Teerenpeli’s main inspirer. The small pot stills are shaped like Highland Park’s pots. Being it subconscious or not, in my mind Teerenpeli 8 yrs felt a bit like Highland Park 12. Like a younger brother of HP12. Teerenpeli 8YO has less character and flavor but yet, the resemblance is there.
I think that Aki Kaurismäki is a great example, when trying to match Teerenpeli into the movie world. Kaurismäki and Teerenpeli both are Finnish pioneers in their own fields. Drifting Clouds is a nice movie by Kaurismäki on his way to better public awareness. In a way Teerenpeli 8 year old is in the same caste. Lifting Teerenpeli to common knowledge in the whisky world. Giving a promise: “we know what we are doing and the best is yet to come.”
Drifting Clouds is a story of a couple being hit by recession in Helsinki. About their ascetic life comes a nice story. Kinda like the story of Teerenpeli, even though their whisky production might not be that ascetic. But it is a lot more smaller than the usual Scottish production.
The clouds don’t drift, when it comes to the taste of Teerenpeli 8YO. Keeping its balance nicely. Giving Taivaanranta distillery a better foot step in the whisky world, just like Aki’s film did in the movie business.
Here’s Ralfy with his review, he surely likes it: