Teeling 24 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey is an extremely limited edition release.
The Teeling Whiskey Distillery is the first distillery to be built and opened in Dublin for over 125 years. Teeling Whiskey Company is a new independent Irish whiskey company. It is owned by the Teeling family who have a long history of distilling in Ireland stretching back to 1782. More recently John Teeling founded Cooley Distillery in 1987 which is responsible for producing Irish Whiskey brands including Kilbeggan, Connemara, Tyrconnell and Greenore. Cooley Distillery was sold to American Spirits giant Beam Inc in 2012, which was since bought by Suntory to become Beam Suntory. Crucially the Teelings were able to secure a good amount of young and ageing whiskey as part of the deal to enable them to establish the Teeling Whiskey Company in 2012
After the sale of Cooley Distillery there was been a big hole in the Irish Whiskey landscape for a good independent Whiskey brand. Teeling felt that, although Irish Whiskey is one of the fastest growing spirits categories in the world, there was not much variation in terms of styles or flavours. The Teeling Whiskey Company have set out to change this by producing small batch whiskeys with great personality and character through their use of different oaking regimes. Thus the Teeling Blended Whiskey is finished in ex Nicaraguan rum casks and their fantastic Grain whiskey is finished in ex-red wine casks from California.
From the Teeling Website, the Teeling 24 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey ” … was first distilled in 1991 and matured in Bourbon casks then allowed marry in Sauternes wine casks producing a wholly unique taste experience. The unique dual maturation imparts an extra depth of fruit flavours that perfectly complement the hint of smoke derived from the inclusion of a small portion of Peated malt as part of the original ingredients used in production. This small batch bottling, limited to just 5,000 70cl bottles, were hand bottled in unique decanter bottles and come with their own certificate of authenticity. Recently awarded the title of World’s Best Irish Single Malt, this is a whiskey to be savoured.”
Teeling 24 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey was distilled in September 1991 and given a 3 and a half year Sauternes cask finish. Bottled in August 2016 and released in September 2016.
Check out my tasting notes, I was lucky enough to get to try this when I visited Teeling Whiskey Distillery in 2016.