While the Teeling Distillery of today was officially opened in 2015, the brand"„¢s history in Irish whiskey actually stretches back to 1782, when a chap called Walter Teeling set up a distillery in the Liberties area of Dublin. Fast-forward to the present (not forgetting the era when John Teeling owned the Cooley Distillery, before selling it to Beam in 2011) and the Teelings are again at the forefront of Irish distilling.
Identifying as a progressive"„¢ distillery, the team, led by Jack Teeling, his brother Stephen, and master distiller Alex Chasko, are leading the Irish whiskey innovation charge. From the re-imagined"„¢ Dublin porter recipes and proprietary fermentation techniques used to create the Teeling wash to the three different stills in operation, the team pushes what"„¢s possible in Irish whiskey-making to create delicious drinks. This pioneering attitude is underscored by the fact that a whopping 25% of annual production is dedicated to whiskey experiments. Exciting stuff.
While the new distillery"„¢s spirit comes of age, Teeling is releasing liquid that showcases the style and character we can expect from years to come. From the flagship (and tasty) Single Malt to expressions like the Brabazon series which celebrate the history of whiskey distilling in Dublin, the Teeling range is well worth exploring.
Irish single grain whiskey from Teeling released in 2013. There are only an elite few Irish single grain whiskies out there at the moment, but Teeling went ahead and made theirs unique by maturing it in Californian Cabernet Sauvignon casks. Deliciously sweet with a good deal of spice and fruit hide within the Teeling Single Grain.
Aromas of honeyed apple flesh and red grape, sweet and slightly floral with fragrant vanilla and spice, evaporated milk and brown sugar. There's treacle on the palate, but it's light and buttery with dried cranberry developing. the finish leaves you with golden syrup tart, sweet egg custard and spicy cereal.