The Teeling family are more recently synonymous with Cooley Distillery– which when established in 1987 was the first Irish whiskey distillery set up in Ireland in over 100 years. However the family’s whiskey heritage dates back to distilling in Dublin in 1782 and Walter Teeling who set up a distillery in Marrowbone Lane in the Liberties.
Jack Teeling, founder of the Teeling Whiskey Company, commented, “Since 1782 the Teeling family have been crafting Irish Whiskey. The entrepreneurial spirit that inspired Walter Teeling back in the 18th century has not been diluted over the years and the latest generation of Teelings are committed to innovating and creating unique Irish whiskeys. Our aim was to create a new Irish whiskey that is contemporary, a salute to our own provenance and which stands out for its quality and unique flavour.”
Teeling Irish Whiskey is a small batch bottling from hand selected casks of Grain and Malt whiskey which are further matured in former Rum barrels. Teeling Irish Whiskey is bottled at 46% with no chill filtration which provides an extra sweet and smooth flavour making it truly a unique Irish Whiskey.”
During Walter Teeling’s time there were over 37 independent distilleries in Dublin alone. The majority of which were centralised in the industrial engine room of the city – the Liberties. In the 19th century Dublin whiskey became globally recognised as the premier whiskey in the world and some of the largest breweries and distilleries of the time emerged from these smaller operations in the Liberties - the remains of these can still be seen to this day. Today there are currently no operational distilleries left in Dublin.
This may soon change as the Teeling Whiskey Company explores the opportunity to bring distilling back to Dublin.
Teeling commented, “At present the Teeling Whiskey Company is an independent Irish whiskey bottler but we aim to get back into the distilling game to ensure a consistent supply of whiskey for the future and allow us to be leaders in creating a bright new future for Irish and Dublin whiskey. We are at advanced stages of a feasibility study on bringing Irish whiskey distilling back to the heart of Dublin.”
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