While the Teeling Distillery of today was officially opened in 2015, the brandâ€™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.
What does this mean for the whiskey? 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 Small Batch is a blend of hand-selected casks of grain and malt whiskies that are initially fully aged in Ex-Bourbon barrels, then married together in Central American Rum casks for up to 12 months for a unique, dried fruit profile.
Nose: Cut grass and orange blossom. Allspice, hints of vanilla, apple pie and blackberries.
Palate: Spiced, rich palate with rose petal jelly and lemon curd. Creamy vanilla, hints of dried herbs and cinnamon.
Finish: Floral, herbal finish. Caramel on the tail.