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.
The eagerly anticipated Teeling Single Malt Irish Whiskey, made with 100% malt whiskeys. A selection of five wine-cask-finished-whiskeys were used for this release, including Sherry, Port, Madeira, White Burgundy and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Intense white grape juiciness on the nose, joined by fresh malt and Rolos, developing into white chocolate the longer it's in the glass. An elegant expression, the palate has well placed fruit, backed up with cinnamon and white pepper. A touch of dried flower petals along the way. The finish leaves you with strawberries, with fresh double cream.