Teeling Single Malt Irish Whiskey is the third release Irish Whiskey from The Teeling Whiskey Company, a bottling that consists of hand-selected casks selected for their unique character and taste. They are a a family owned independent company owned by the Teeling family who had previously owned the Cooley Distillery. The Cooley Distillery was immensely successful and was eventually sold to the spirits giant Jim Beam Inc. in 2012. The proceeds of this sale (and a supply of Irish whiskey) allowed the family to start again under the Teeling Whiskey name and John Teeling’s sons, the latest generation, Jack and Stephen, now run the family business.
Teeling Distillery is the first new Irish Whiskey Distillery to be opened in the city of Dublin for over 125 years. It is located in an ancient market square, not far from the city centre, called Newmarket, in an area called The Liberties. The Liberties is an historic neighbourhood in the southwest of the inner city that, at one point, was home to 37 whiskey distilleries. It was known as The Golden Triangle, a hub of distilling, milling, malting and brewing. In the 1800s famous names like Guinness, Powers, Jameson and Millar could all be found there within a 1 mile radius. Irish whiskey one of the fastest growing spirits categories in the world, but a lot of Irish whiskies do not offer much choice in terms of styles or flavours. The Teeling Whiskey Company intend to change this by producing small batch whiskeys with great personality and character compared to the mass-market brands.
Teeling Single Malt Irish Whiskey contains some single malt whiskey up to 16 or 18 years old. It is finished in a selection of 5 different casks: White Burgundy, Port, Madeira, Californian Cabernet Sauvignon and Sherry. Characters from all these can be detected in the whiskey. It has won world’s best Irish Whiskey “2 or 3 times”. It is bottled at 46% ABV without colouring or chill filtration to preserve mouthfeel and flavour.
Read more about my visit to Teeling Distillery here.