In Finnish, Kaski means burn-beaten land. In spite of the name, Teerenpeli Kaski Distiller’s Choice isn’t like something smoky from Islay. I guess it still is a soft version of something “swidden”.
I tried Teerenpeli Kaski at Grill & Distillery Taivaanranta’s distillery tour. And I have to tell you, this might be the best positive upset of my ‘whisky tasting career’. Great dram, even though the name manages to trick you a bit. With a longer aftertaste, this might have been a 90 point whisky for me.
Teerenpeli Kaski is only 6 years old, which sounds amazing, because it’s very soft and delicate. The softness is so dominant, that it is even one of Kaski’s weaknesses (at least in my book, I prefer some roughness in whisky). Matured in 200 liter first fill Pedro Ximenez casks.
Teerenpeli Kaski might be soft, but still, it offers nicely different tones. I hope that this dram makes its mark on the whisky map. It is like Aki Kaurismäki’s The Man Without a Past – I guess, because of the Oscar nomination, Aki’s groundbreaking movie in the industry. I hope that Kaski will do the same with Teerenpeli brand.
It is easy to continue comparing two Finnish pioneers together. Teerenpeli Kaski is very similar to The Man Without a Past. Just like in the movie, the main character’s past is unknown, Kaski’s origins are also a bit in the haze. Teerenpeli’s fascinating story about dedication and artisan spirit needs to be told. I hope I can help you with my reviews and distillery tour notes.
If one would mix this whiskey wih anything, what would you recommend?
And thanks for a great question. My go-to mixer would be another whisky as I’m not a big fan of whisky cocktails. And it’s always fun to experiment by blending your whiskies together to create a better whisky out of something you don’t prefer.
But if I’d had to choose some whisky cocktail, I’d go with Whisky Sour. Though, I’m lazy at creating drinks, so doing a whisky mule would most likely work out best. Ginger ale usually goes well with any kind of booze, with whisky too.