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Teeling 38 Year Old lands at Master of Malt

Big Irish whiskey news as Teeling 38 Year Old Very Rare Casks, the oldest ever release from Teeling, has just arrived at Master of Malt. Here’s how you can get…

Big Irish whiskey news as Teeling 38 Year Old Very Rare Casks, the oldest ever release from Teeling, has just arrived at Master of Malt. Here’s how you can get your hands on a bottle.

The Teeling family have been extraordinarily influential in shaping the current success of Irish whiskey. It was John Teeling who broke the monopoly of Irish Distillers, which at the time owned both Bushmills in Northern Ireland and Midleton in Cork, when he bought an old potato alcohol distillery in 1985 and converted it for the production of whiskey. 

Bringing whiskey back to Dublin

The set-up at the new Cooley Distillery allowed both the production of grain and single malt whiskeys, and he revived the great Tyrconnell brand which had lain dormant since the 1920s. In 2012, Jim Beam made him an offer he couldn’t refuse and he sold up, and went on to found the Great Northern Distillery in Dundalk. Meanwhile his sons, Jack and Stephen Teeling, founded the Teeling Whiskey Company in Dublin bringing whiskey back to the capital for the first time in nearly 50 years.

The brand launched with a series of whiskeys made from acquired stock including single malt, blended and single grain whiskeys. Then in 2019, their first Dublin-distilled whiskey, a single pot still made from a traditional mash bill of 50% unmalted barley and 50% malted barley, was launched to huge acclaim and demand. 

Teeling 38 - Note of Authenticity (1)

Comes with a certificate of authenticity!

Now, the team is releasing its oldest ever whiskey, called the 38 Year Old Very Rare casks. It’s a single malt Irish whiskey which has spent nearly four decades in used bourbon barrels before being bottled at 41.2% ABV. Irish whiskey fans should be able to deduce where the whiskey comes from. 

As you’d expect the packaging is suitably lavish and it comes with a certificate of authenticity. The tasting note from Teeling is pretty fancy too: “earthy, tropical fruits, white grapes, and caramel. Citrus mouthfeel with fruit flavours such as ripe citrus, sultanas, and raisins. Spicy, dried herbal finish”.

The market for very rare Irish whiskeys has exploded in recent years with old releases from Irish Distillers and independent bottlers like JJ Corry. Demand is likely to be extremely high. 

You can register your interest in this exceptional whiskey here.  

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Teeling: challenging the norms for Irish whiskey

We visited Teeling Distillery recently to see how it’s attempting to make Irish whiskey that’s different from what you have experienced before. Here’s what we learned.  The Teeling distillery can…

We visited Teeling Distillery recently to see how it’s attempting to make Irish whiskey that’s different from what you have experienced before. Here’s what we learned. 

The Teeling distillery can be traced back in some form to 1782, but history wasn’t on the agenda when brand ambassador Robert Caldwell was hosting a tour of the distillery recently. He says any brand can tell the story of Ireland’s distillation heritage or its soaring revival. The liquid is the focus here, and there’s an ambition to make people reconsider what they know about Irish whiskey, in particular, that it’s all a derivative of or indistinguishable from Jameson.

“It was for years, and it was hugely successful and saved Irish whiskey, but it also ended up defining Irish whiskey. We have blends but also single malts, the underutilised single grain, peated whisky, and single pot still, with a huge cask variety and our own personality,” Caldwell says. 

The Dublin-based distillery, which was officially opened in 2015 by brothers Jack and Stephen Teeling three years after the brand was founded, is trying to do it all. There’s a focus on everything that happens pre-maturation, with a detailed and distinctive production process, as well as a plethora of cask types in its wood programme. Its Dublin distillate is progressing all the time, but there are plenty of expressions featuring sourced stock. To dig through all the detail and understand how Teeling plans to challenge the norms for Irish whiskey, we have to start at the beginning.

Teeling Distillery

Say hi to Jack and Stephen Teeling!

Freedom and flexibility 

The distillery is operating with a three-tonne mash, and is distilling seven days a week, making about half a million litres of pure alcohol per annum. The malt and grain arrive from Irish farmers, with single malt (100% barley) and pot still spirit (a straight 50% malt and 50% unmalted split), grain and even some rye being produced. Some of the draft is sent to become cattle feed, while a portion becomes a syrup for use on the distillery’s bar. Teeling conforms to a lot of modern sustainable practices, such as its replanting of acres of oak in Wicklow. 

The wet malt mill is the kind of tech to get a whisky nerd excited, as it’s a neat bit of innovation. It injects water while grinding the grain, ensuring no dust emanates into the atmosphere, making it safer than the typical milling process and allows the mill to sit on an open-plan distillery floor, which is great for tours. It also provides production flexibility as every grain has a different composition, even malted and unmalted barley, so adapting to each strain requires just a simple adjustment of input.

About a third of the production cycle is dedicated to running experiments, and flexibility is the name of the game in this production space. A two-stage fermentation takes place first in two 15,000-litre Oregon pine washbacks for two days, before being transferred into two 30,000-litre stainless steel washbacks for a minimum of five days, merging the best of old and new practice. Distillers yeast, great for yield, is paired with natural white wine yeast which creates more esters and flavour compounds. Work has begun on different yeast strains, the results of which we can expect to see in the future. 

Teeling Distillery

The glorious Teeling pot stills

A fluid flavour DNA

Distillation takes place in three custom-built stills from Frilli Impianti in Monteriggioni. These are Alison (the 15,000-litre wash still), Natalie (the 10,000-litre feint still), and Rebecca (the 9,000-litre spirit still), named after Jack Teeling’s three daughters. The distillation starts in the wash still which converts the 8% ABV wash into 30% ABV low wines, which are then transferred to the feint still to produce strong feints at around 65% ABV before a final refining in the spirit still, which creates a new make between 80% and 88% ABV. The traditional tripe distillation is favoured predominately, but double distillation also takes place, for example in trials to preserve more of the smoky profile in a peated single malt. The shape of the pot stills is very flat, wide and with a conical shape at the bottom, a style that’s both a bit of a throwback to the glory days of Dublin whiskey production and one that produces a full-bodied spirit as it’s not being hit with relentless copper contact.

There’s a maturation showroom on the tour to show people the variety and styles of casks Teeling uses, although the actual ageing takes place about an hour north in a small town called Greenore. The casks are positioned upright on pallets in the warehouses where the maritime climate, cool summers and mild winters create conditions ideal for steady, characterful maturation. Teeling is taking full advantage of the cask freedom Ireland has, with its Wonders of Wood series alone featuring wood types such as mizunara, chestnut, cherry wood, acacia, and amburana. The latter is a Brazilian hardwood that Caldwell was pleasantly surprised to see be chosen as the favourite over a series of tastings during the lockdown(s), and he says it tastes like liquid carrot cake. It does.

Some distilleries very much trade on the idea that they have a defined distillery profile, but not here. “Our flavour DNA is fluid. We’re not trading on an ancient recipe. You can taste a range of our whiskies blind and be amazed that they all come from the same place,” says Caldwell. “For the most part Irish whiskey is characterised as approachable and fruit-forward. We can hit that mark, but also have the capacity to make full-bodied, rich spirits that go against the norm”. 

Teeling Distillery

It’s quite the core range, and that’s just a snapshot of the whiskey this distillery has…

Taking stock of Teeling’s whisky

The ethos is driven by what he describes as a team of whisky nerds, where the founders and master distiller/blender Alex Chasko play with lots of creative freedom. “Alex is very passionate about his craft and comes from an American craft brewery background. He brings that level of experimentation to Irish whiskey,” Caldwell explains. “We have so much variation. One range will demonstrate the way the distillate reacts to different wine types, but then our pot still is all about showing off the first mashbill of its kind made in the capital for over 50 years. We’re excited by the rapid growth in the Irish whiskey category and finding new ways to surprise ourselves, and it really comes from all of us”

Take a look at the core range and you’ll see this approach vindicated. The Teeling Single Malt Irish Whiskey features no less than five wine-cask-finished-whiskeys including sherry, Port, Madeira, white Burgundy and Cabernet Sauvignon. In contrast, the Single Pot Still is all about its rather traditional Dublin mash bill. “We’re supremely excited to see people drinking this unique style,” Caldwell says. “We’re aware changes are coming to the legislation, but we were always just delighted to have a classification and there’s plenty of room to innovate within the current framework when it comes to fermentation and yeast strains etc.”  

I get the impression that the Teeling single grain whiskey is a particular favourite of Caldwell, and he’s right to be proud. There aren’t many elite Irish single grain whiskies out there, but Teeling’s is sweet and fairly light but full of flavour, which is elevated by clever use of Californian Cabernet Sauvignon casks. The Small Batch Irish whiskey shows blends aren’t forgotten here too, with malt and grain whiskeys, initially aged in ex-bourbon barrels and then casks that had previously held Central American rum, making this expression both ridiculously moreish and pretty singular in style. We’ve already had a good chat about Teeling Blackpitts Peated Single Malt before, so here we’ll just point out that it, like the rest of the core range, is bottled at 46% ABV without chill-filtration, a neat reminder of what comes first here: flavour.

Teeling Distillery

Cocktails are all the rage at the distillery, another example of the modernity Teeling embraces

A different kind of Irish whiskey?

Teeling also has a large number of limited-edition expressions and boasts a wealth of well-aged whiskies, some over 30-years-old, a rarity for Irish whiskey. It’s always had unbelievable access to stock, as the Teeling brothers had the advantage that their father is a veteran of the business. He founded the now Beam Suntory-owned Cooley Distillery in the 1980s, while he has been operating the Great Northern Distillery since 2015, a serial supplier of whiskey to much of the country’s newcomers today. 

The duo, who learned their craft at Cooley, will be aware that this has been greeted by some raised eyebrows; the kind of scepticism anyone gets when it bottles whiskey it didn’t produce but has the distillery name on the label. There is more stock of Dublin-distilled whiskey in its warehouses than Teeling ever had of sourced whiskey, however, and the core range is now made-up of whiskey solely from there (an updated bottle design makes reference to this). Deep roots and a family anchor aren’t exactly a disadvantage either, as anyone who’s ever been on the Bourbon Trail in Kentucky will know. Access and expertise are one thing, not being part of a larger brand and having the chance to control your own destiny is another.

There’s a sense walking around this distillery that Teeling is a brand really hitting its stride as it celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Getting a foothold in the industry pre-boom certainly gave it a head start on a lot of other Irish whiskey distilleries, and it has not shied away from making expressions. In fact, you could argue there’s been too many to keep up with. Caldwell jokes if they progressed at a slower pace they would have NPD (new product development) until 2080. But then it’s all in the pursuit of making something different. There’s been plenty of swings, and few misses. This is whiskey that is Irish in nature, but across its wide portfolio, you’ll find something you love that’s unlike what you have experienced before in Irish whiskey. 

Teeling was the first new whiskey distillery to have opened in Dublin in over 125 years when it popped up in the heart of The Liberties, once an epicentre of Irish whiskey production, close to the original 18th-century site. It’s a tourist destination that pre-pandemic was pulling in 100,000 visitors a year. There were plenty there when I visited. But there wasn’t much talk about history. Why bother when you could be making it?

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Master of Malt Tastes… Teeling BlackPitts

Something delicious this way comes! Irish whiskey turned its back on peat in the late 20th century. Now the Teeling team is breathing new life into all things smoky with…

Something delicious this way comes! Irish whiskey turned its back on peat in the late 20th century. Now the Teeling team is breathing new life into all things smoky with the arrival of BlackPitts.

Stephen Teeling is audibly thrilled. We’re chatting on the phone; I’ve got a bottle of Teeling Whiskey’s latest release in my hands. It’s a big moment. “It’s something so unusual in a category dominated by certain styles,” the sales and marketing director says, his voice dancing. 

And without straying too far into hyperbole, this launch really marks a landmark moment for the Irish whiskey category. We’re talking about Teeling BlackPitts, the latest release from the pioneering Dublin distillery that set up operations in 2012, before the Irish whiskey resurgence that we’re enjoying now took hold. It’s a triple-distilled (fully at the new distillery!) ex-bourbon and ex-Sauternes wine cask-matured single malt expression, bottled without chill filtration at 46% ABV. So far, so Teeling. Except it’s peated. 

“Peated malts can be very divisive,” says Teeling. “We wanted to step away from that and do something pretty cool.” He explains the desire to produce something modern, relevant, and unconventional, and kick-start the Irish peated scene in the process. “We didn’t want to copy something done over in Scotland.”

Stephen Teeling

Behold, Stephen Teeling!

A question of peat

Why is peated Irish whiskey so unusual? There are a handful of other examples, but compared to its Scotch counterpart, peat is found far less frequently. This wasn’t always the case. One sixth of the landmass was Irish peat bog at one time, Teeling tells me. “The style just got left behind when coal became more available, at least for the Dublin distillers.”

With so little demand, he had to look to Scotland to source his peated malt for BlackPitts. But this is something he is optimistic will change if releases like this one resonate strongly. And it’s why this launch feels so significant. “I’m hoping in the years to come some of the malting houses will go back to it. They were peating in Ireland in the 1970s and 1980s.” 

But just how pronounced are we talking? The malt is peated to 55ppm (phenol parts per million), but this drops down to 15ppm once fermentation and distillation has taken place. “We’re going for a turf, rather than the more iodine style,” Teeling adds, stressing that the finished product isn’t intended to copy whisky styles already in the market. 

And how does it stack up? After our call I get my nose stuck into that tasting glass. And it’s pretty wonderful! It’s absolutely not the smack-you-round-your-face gusts of peat that have become synonymous with the production technique. It’s much more refined. And actually pretty elegant. I’m a big fan of the nose, which is caramel- and orchard fruit-dominated, with a whisper of earthy smoke. The peat character is more apparent on the palate when it becomes more bonfire-like. It’s still well-integrated, wrapped up nicely in pear tart, almost jammy notes. It’s medium-bodied, pleasantly ashy, and its honey vibes make it feel quite soft and velvety. The finish goes back to that gentle smoke of the nose, with an impression of salted popcorn. It’s an accessible entry point into peat, but also has the complexity and character to keep the geekiest whiskey fans entertained. In short: it’s really rather tasty. 2,000 cases were released in the first batch, but don’t panic. More is en route next year!

The pot stills at Teeling in Dublin

The pot stills at Teeling in Dublin

What’s in a name?

With that out the way, where does the name even come from? It’s the district right beside the distillery, Teeling explains. “It’s about celebrating the area with something so different,” he says. It was historically home to the tanning industry, which stained the streets dark, giving the spot its name. It was also home to some maltsters, according to Teeling. It’s pleasing how things have gone full circle. 

Why was now the right time to release BlackPitts? “There’s a huge interest in people discovering different flavours,” he muses. And it’s true. Just look at the plethora of finishes available today.  “Maybe the explosion in Irish whiskey means people are more open,” he adds. With Irish whiskey getting more air-time than perhaps ever before, it’s time to push the boundaries.  

‘Have a bit of fun’

BlackPitts isn’t the only newness to flow from Teeling in 2020. While the rest of us have been nurturing sourdough starters or battling banana bread, Stephen Teeling and the team have been innovating. “We’re lucky enough in the Irish whiskey category that you can have a bit of fun, not just with the barrels but with the intake,” he says. Rye experiments are in the works, and there was the Teeling Ginger Beer Cask Finish collaboration with London’s Umbrella Brewery (definitely worth checking out if unusual-but-excellent bottlings are your thing). 

“Single-use bourbon barrels are a really great canvas for us to layer other things on,” Teeling continues. It’s true for the Ginger Beer Cask Finish, but also BlackPitts, which makes use of those Sauternes wine casks. “You’re only as good as the output of your distillery.”

The end result, Teeling BlackPitts

The conversation comes back to BlackPitts, and the reality of producing the expression. “It was a labour of love,” he laughs. “If you ever run peated malt in a distillery it’s very disruptive!” The extra measures to avoid the peat tainting future batches seems quite daunting. “But hopefully we’ve just started the trend. We’d love to get to the stage where there’s a commercial angle [to peating]. I hope it’s something that comes back. The tradition has fallen away.”

And that’s one of the most meaningful concepts of mixing tradition and innovation we’ve heard for a while. 

Teeling Blackpitts Peated Single Malt is available from Master of Malt while stocks last.

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New Year, New Boozes!

A new year, a new decade, in fact, means there’s more new delicious booze for us to enjoy and so we’ve rounded up a few of the finest to make…

A new year, a new decade, in fact, means there’s more new delicious booze for us to enjoy and so we’ve rounded up a few of the finest to make life easier for you.

There are few things more joyful then the rewarding feeling you get when you take a chance on something you haven’t tried before and find a new favourite. It could be a film you’ll spend the rest of your life watching, a meal you’ll forever be tempted to order or a drink you’ll always have room for on your shelf. 

The beginning of a new year is the ideal time to try something different, particularly as there’s plenty of great events on the horizon that are perfect for a little boozy indulgence, from Burns Night to Chinese New Year. The following drinks are ideal for those who want to kick-off the new year by broadening their horizons and enjoying some of the finest new arrivals at MoM Towers.

That Boutique-y Whisky Company Chinese New Year Tasting Set

As we touched on in the intro, Chinese New Year is on the horizon (25th Jan, meaning it’s sharing some celebration space with Burns Night). That Boutique-y Whisky Company has decided to mark the occasion the best way it knows how: with delicious whisky! You’ll find five different 30ml wax-sealed sample drams from the indie whisky bottler’s stunning range in this set, the packaging of which was modelled on the red envelopes gifted during Chinese New Year festivities. There’s also an expanded 12 Dram Gift Set for those who want to really see in the Chinese New Year in style.

Chinese New Year Red Envelope Whisky Tasting Set Contents:

Macduff 10 Year Old; Glengoyne 9 Year Old; Cameronbridge 27 Year Old; Teaninich 11 year Old and Linkwood 10 Year Old.

Heaven’s Door Double Barrel Bourbon

Heaven’s Door Double Barrel Bourbon is a blend of three whiskeys which were finished in hand-toasted, new American oak barrels from the Louisville-based Kelvin Cooperage. Wait, I haven’t mentioned yet that Heaven’s Door was co-founded by Bob Dylan. That’s right. It’s a Bob Dylan whiskey, folks. 

What does it taste like?:

Honey on rye toast, apricot, liquorice, apple, peach, lemon, pepper, grilled pineapple, burnt brown sugar and a hint of strawberry. 

The Wrecking Coast Kea Plum Rum Liqueur

Rum is said to be the go-to spirit of 2020, which is good news for tasty rum liqueurs like this beauty from The Wrecking Coast. It’s a modern twist on the Rum Shrub, a traditional Cornish drink that dates back to the 17th century made from mixing fruit with rum. In this example, Kea plums, which are only found in a single valley in Cornwall, were foraged and then rested in white rum for around two months with orange and ginger too.

What does it taste like?:

Sharp plum notes, with warming ginger, sweeter orange peel, and a tart, jammy finish.

Peerless 3 Year Old Single Barrel – Modjeska

Given that this booze was bottled for the British Bourbon Society, you’d be forgiven for thinking Peerless 3 Year Old Single Barrel – Modjeska is a tasty bourbon. But you’d be wrong. Instead, this is a particularly delightful and young rye whiskey that got its name after a type of confectionery first created in Louisville, Kentucky that’s made by dipping marshmallow in caramel. Which sounds awesome. Much like this whiskey. 

What does it taste like?:

White grape skin, clove spice, fresh cream, prickly pepper heat, crème brûlée, toasted marshmallow, white chocolate, buttery vanilla pod and butterscotch.

Teeling 18 Year Old Renaissance Series

The Renaissance Series celebrates the ongoing Renaissance of Irish whiskey, Dublin whiskey and Teeling themselves, which we’re happy to raise a glass to! The 18 Year Old single malt is the first expression from the series and was matured first in ex-bourbon barrels before enjoying a finishing period in ex-Madeira casks.

What does it taste like?:

Ripe red fruits, figs, cinnamon, clove spice, toffee apple, dried fruits, maraschino cherry and rosewater.

Colombo Navy Strength Gin

A Navy Strength gin from Sri Lanka concludes our round-up, one from the fine folks at Colombo! Made from a similar botanical recipe as the original Colombo London Dry, which includes juniper, angelica, coriander seed, liquorice root, Sri Lankan cinnamon bark, ginger root and curry leaves. In the Navy Strength, which was bottled at 57% ABV, there’s an extra helping of curry leaves to add an aromatic, spicy kick.

What does it taste like?:

A kick of candied ginger, with refreshing menthol, aromatic curry leaf and peppery coriander.

 

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Whisky Advent Day #21: Teeling Small Batch

The final Saturday before Christmas is here! After braving the shops, perhaps you’ll want to sit back and relax with the dram sat behind window #21… We are just a…

The final Saturday before Christmas is here! After braving the shops, perhaps you’ll want to sit back and relax with the dram sat behind window #21…

We are just a few days from Christmas, so we’re sure the Marketing department at the North Pole is running at full power. They might have even spent a few bob on social media advertising so that pictures of Santa flying his sleigh end up on your Twitter feed. To what end? We reckon it’s so that you remember to leave out a mince pie and a glass of something nice on the 24th. That right there is the power of marketing.

While it’s usually sherry that gets left out for Santa, perhaps he’d like something a little different this year? What if he’s partial to a drop of Irish whiskey? Well, you’d have to really love Santa to give up the dram you’ll find behind window #21 of the Whisky Advent Calendar – it’s Teeling Small Batch! Whoever gets to enjoy this one is in for a marvellous blended Irish whiskey that has been finished in rum casks, which should bring some tropical fruit warmth to a chilly winter evening!

To find out more about the terrific Teeling, we got in touch with one of the distillery’s co-founders, Stephen Teeling, to ask him a few questions…

Behold, Stephen Teeling!

Master of Malt: What fun things have happened in the world of Teeling in 2019?

Stephen Teeling: On March 28th 2019 we won the World’s Best Whiskey award at the 2019 WWAs in London. First time ever an Irish whiskey had been shortlisted for the award and first time in history that Ireland has been crowned the best whiskey in the world! It was also the same day I welcomed my second child into the world so will always be ingrained in my mind as one of the best days of life!

We have also recently welcomed our 500,000th visitor to the distillery in Dublin which is pretty phenomenal given there were no distilleries in the city for nearly 50 years prior to us rebuilding our family distillery in the heart of the city. The first new distillery in 125 years.

MoM: What’s next for Teeling? Any 2020 plans you can give us a hint about?

ST: We are incredibly passionate about innovation so 2020 will see us continue to push the boat out for Irish Whiskey. We will be launching an 18 Year Old Single malt called the Renaissance which will be a follow on from the Revival Series 1-5. This will be a Madeira cask finished non-chill filtered single malt limited to 9,000 bottles and also our vintage reserve range will be welcoming a 28 Year Old which is the bigger brother of the 2019 World’s Best Single Malt having spent an extra 4 years in the Sauternes cask. We also have been experimenting with some different mash bills at the distillery with a Dublin distilled Peated single malt looking to be released in the second half of 2020. No shortage of fun on the horizon so watch this space.

MoM: The Teeling Single Pot Still was a very exciting release, being the first whiskey completely distilled in Dublin for nearly 50 years! How was the reception to it?

ST: There is a huge amount of pride in the fact we have put the city back on the map as a whiskey producer. Dublin Single Pot Still was the gold standard in the Irish whiskey category back in the last golden era 150 years ago. It was the fastest-selling Irish whiskey we had ever produced with our first 3 batches sold out in record time! Luckily now moving into 2020 we won’t have the same supply constraints so our Dublin Single Pot Still can go a bit wider and be available ongoing in the UK. Single Pot Still is a completely unique style of whiskey that can only be produced in Ireland.

MoM: What trends or developments do you think we’ll see in the world of whisky in 2020?

ST: People are going to continue to drink less but better. We are seeing a huge shift in consumption habits moving away from functional/binge drinking into a better space of enjoyment. Whiskey in particular Irish Whiskey is being enjoyed in much more social occasions which has opened it up to a much wider demographic through pairing it with food, enjoying it in a craft cocktail or neat consumption. We see it in our distillery every day. Whiskey is meant to be fun or good craic (as we say in Ireland) and I think this trend is going to continue with a new generation of people discovering brown spirits in different ways!

MoM: It’s Christmas Eve and you’ve just remembered you need to buy a present for that whisky-obsessed friend of yours. What are you running out to the shops to pick up?

ST: Lucky for me running my own distillery I have a whiskey vault in my house with some of the world’s best Irish whiskeys locked in it so won’t have to travel too far to please my whiskey obsessed friend! Depending on how nice this friend has been to me and for the year that’s in it I might just wrap him up a bottle of our 24 Year Old Single Malt aka ‘The World’s Best Single Malt for 2019.

Teeling Small Batch

Teeling Small Batch Tasting Note:

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.

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New Arrival of the Week: Teeling Single Pot Still

Our New Arrival of the Week, Teeling Single Pot Still, is one for the history books – the first Dublin-distilled whiskey to come out of the city in nearly 50…

Our New Arrival of the Week, Teeling Single Pot Still, is one for the history books – the first Dublin-distilled whiskey to come out of the city in nearly 50 years (and be on sale in the UK).

Whiskey lovers and dram fans, we invite you to cast your mind back to October 2018. All being said, it was a pretty memorable month. Banksy shredded his £1 million artwork at auction in front of hundreds of onlookers, astronomers discovered the first moon outside of our solar system, and the world’s oldest intact shipwreck was found at the bottom of the Black sea. 

But far more memorable for us (sorry, ancient shipwreck) were the moves made within the drinks sphere. In Ireland, the Teeling Whiskey Distillery released its very first commercial whiskey, Teeling Single Pot Still. Being the first Dublin-distilled dram to hit shelves for almost 50 years, it marked the beginning of a bright new chapter for the city, which was, at one time, at the forefront of the golden era for Irish whiskey.

Now one of Dublin’s top visitor attractions, the magnificent Teeling Distillery!

The very first bottle from Batch One made history the month prior, when it sold for a whopping £10,000 at auction, breaking a world record for the most expensive bottle of whiskey sold from a new distillery, with the proceeds donated to local charities. Last year, the arrival of Teeling Single Pot Still – released in three batches – was a landmark occasion for Ireland’s whiskey industry. Now it’s a landmark occasion for the UK, as the final resulting liquid reaches our shores for the very first time. 

In homage to Dublin’s historic distillers, Teeling Single Pot Still is made from a traditional mash bill of 50% unmalted barley and 50% malted barley. The heritage, however, ends there. “We dialled up the innovation by making a fruit-forward distillate – the wash going into the stills is quite fruity because we use our own bespoke yeast,” explains Stephen Teeling, co-founder of Teeling Whiskey Distillery. The new-make has then been matured “50% in ex first-fill bourbon casks, 25% in virgin American oak, and the last 25% in sherry casks.”

The next step, he continues, is to make a case for single pot still as a modern Irish whiskey category. “Our Single Pot Still isn’t trying to be a Redbreast imitation,” Teeling says. “It’s a Dublin Pot Still whiskey for our generation – something we feel reflects the DNA of Teeling Whiskey. “Because [Redbreast] has been the only real Single Pot Still out there, because nobody’s been challenging it, everyone just expects a Redbreast 2.0. We wanted to do something different.”

Teeling Single Pot Still whiskey is here

So, what can you expect flavour-wise from Pot Still liquid? Robust, spicy flavours akin to a rye whiskey, Teeling says – away from the mellow, sweet, easy-drinking flavours Irish whiskey is synonymous with. “That’s what Pot Still is all about, it’s a big spice ball,” he explains, “when you taste it side-by-side with [Teeling Single Grain] or [Teeling Small Batch], it is very different, and that’s exactly what we wanted.”

You’d forgive the team for resting on their laurels in the wake of such a momentous launch, but it isn’t the Teeling way. “Someone said to me the other day, ‘Oh my god, you’re going to be five years making whiskey in January’, and I thought, ‘Wow’ – just looking back on it, so much has happened, it’s all a bit fast and furious,” he says. “We’ve got a good bit of momentum behind our premium and super-premium products – our 24 Year Old won World’s Best Single Malt in March, which was a great accolade. This year we had a pretty ambitious target to sell a million bottles globally, and we look on track to do that.”

Over the last five years Teeling Whiskey has welcomed half a million people through its distillery doors, a number that will surely rise year-on-year after the Irish government awarded the site a €200,000 grant to further develop its existing facilities. “We’re always looking at ways we can bring things to life in the distillery,” explains Teeling, who will use the funds to introduce a warehousing experience to the Liberties-based site this coming winter – giving visitors the opportunity to get to grips with the ageing process through cask sampling and live maturation.

When it comes to liquid plans, a few single malt projects – including a certain peated number – are in the pipeline. A follow-up to The Revival series, aptly titled The Renaissance, will hit shelves, beginning with an 18-year-old single malt finished in a former Madeira cask. All being said, 2020 looks set to be a sterling year for both Teeling Whiskey and the wider Irish whiskey category. “We’re at the stage where we have our own whiskey, we have a pipeline of innovations, and we’ve very, very good partners,” Teeling says, “we’re excited to keep pushing the bar up and driving things forward.”

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The winner of our Teeling #BagThisBottle competition is…

A winner for our #BagThisBottle competition has been crowned! Someone will be getting their hands on a bottle of Teeling 24 Year Old Vintage Reserve Collection for free… We considered…

A winner for our #BagThisBottle competition has been crowned! Someone will be getting their hands on a bottle of Teeling 24 Year Old Vintage Reserve Collection for free…

We considered starting this blog like most guest speakers at university graduations start speeches – by reading out the definition of a word from the dictionary. The word we would have chosen was “winner”. We eventually decided against that because it’s such an overused trope, y’know. Also the definition in the dictionary we’ve got was really long and wasn’t very exciting. Mainly the first one reason though. Anyway, we’ve got our #BagThisBottle winner randomly selected – one lucky person is going to have a bottle of Teeling 24 Year Old Vintage Reserve Collection trebuchet’d to their door very carefully!

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#BagThisBottle – Win a bottle of Teeling 24 Year Old – Vintage Reserve Collection!

Win a free bottle of the Teeling 24 Year Old – the World’s Best Single Malt – on Twitter! Good news, folks! Our ever-popular, ever-wonderful #BagThisBottle Twitter competition has returned,…

Win a free bottle of the Teeling 24 Year Old – the World’s Best Single Malt – on Twitter!

Good news, folks! Our ever-popular, ever-wonderful #BagThisBottle Twitter competition has returned, and boy did we miss it. With just a few simple clicks and scrolls, a 70cl bottle of the wonderful Teeling 24 Year Old Irish whiskey, part of the Vintage Reserve Collection, could be yours. That’s right, the very same whiskey that was named the World’s Best Single Malt at the World Whiskies Awards 2019!

It literally couldn’t be easier, here’s all you have to do:

1) Follow the Master of Malt Twitter account.

2) Follow the Teeling Whiskey twitter account.

3) Retweet our Competition Tweet by midday on Friday 14 June.

And that’s it! Isn’t technology great? Almost as great as a certain Irish whiskey…

#BagThisBottle Teeling

It could be yours!

We’ve done all we can now, so spread your (virtual) wings and take to Twitter if you don’t want to miss out.

Good luck, all!

MoM Teeling #BagThisBottle 2019 open to entrants 18 years and over. Entries accepted from 11 June to 14 June 2019. Winners chosen at random after close of competition. Prizes not transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash equivalent. See full T&Cs for details.

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Once more with Teeling: Whiskey returns to Dublin!

Last week, Teeling Whiskey Company made history by releasing the first Dublin-distilled whiskey in almost 50 years: Teeling Single Pot Still. We caught up with co-founder Stephen Teeling to talk…

Last week, Teeling Whiskey Company made history by releasing the first Dublin-distilled whiskey in almost 50 years: Teeling Single Pot Still. We caught up with co-founder Stephen Teeling to talk fruity mash, Irish whiskey’s soul, and the anticipation of a little peated number…

If there’s one thing that Teeling Whiskey Company is particularly good at, it’s preserving the essence and tradition of Irish whiskey while at the same time pushing – no, steamrolling – the envelope.

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The Nightcap: 26 October

It’s (probably) the spookiest weekend of the year, but before you cover yourself in fake blood and wander around with a plastic hatchet “lodged” in your head, fill that noggin…

It’s (probably) the spookiest weekend of the year, but before you cover yourself in fake blood and wander around with a plastic hatchet “lodged” in your head, fill that noggin with news from The Nightcap.

Halloween is awkwardly on a Wednesday this year, meaning if you’re not getting spooky on the actual day, you have to make a choice whether to celebrate it this weekend or next weekend. However, since there would be a clash with Bonfire Night (and no one wants to mix pretend spookiness with actual explosions), we expect many of you will be donning your costumes this weekend. Before you do so, we’ve got the low-down on this week’s booze news all here in The Nightcap.

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