Pronounced 'chey-vek' (Gaelic word meaning wee-dram). This brand is produced by the small, independent company, Pràban na Linne Ltd., located on the Isle of Skye. The same company that puts out a delightful blended malt, Poit Dhubh, which I recently reviewed. Due to the small size of Pràban na Linne Ltd. distribution of Te Bheag is not on the scale of other competing blends (owned by much larger multinationals). It is available in Canada, the UK, parts of Europe and some limited availability in the US.
Blended Scotch Whisky (40% malt whiskies & 60% grain). No age statement.
$36 - $40
700 ml bottle
For those of you who are convinced that chill filtration strips away fatty-acid esters that contributes to subtle flavors and oily texture, have no fear, this whisky is not chill filtered. As for artificial coloring with E150, I am unsure, but suspect that if they do not chill filter then it is likely they don't color their whisky.
Intriguing maritime notes of sea, brine and surf. Smoke wafts up nicely too.
Oily texture, rounded, salty, peat, brine, dulse, and smokey! Not over the top but interesting smoke I liken to Lucky Strikes unfiltered, rich Virginia tobacco. Black licorice is here too.
Sherry, smoke, red and black licorice intermingle, prunes and mackerel.
This is priced higher than Teacher's Highland Cream and Black Grouse, but it is sure a lot better. I liked this blend when I first reviewed it five years ago (click here) and I still like it today. 'Like' is too light, it doesn't convey my continued excitement for this great blend. If this whisky is available where you live, I would highly recommend you consider it next time you want an affordable blend that punches way above its' weight.