Teeling

Overview

Teeling Distillery is an Irish whiskey distillery established in Dublin in 2015. It is the first new whiskey distillery to have opened in Dublin, once a world whiskey distilling capital, in over 125 years. In fact, with the last of the original Dublin distilleries having closed in 1976, it is the first whiskey distillery to operate in Dublin, once home to at least 37 distilleries, in almost 40 years.

Location and contact details

Location" Location: 13-17 Newmarket Dublin D08 KD91 Dublin
Visitor Visit Type: Vistor Centre, but booking recommended
Telephone" Telephone: +3531 5310888
Email" Email: reservations@teelingwhiskey.com
Web" Web: https://teelingdistillery.com
Twitter" Twitter: TeelingWhiskey (@TeelingWhiskey)

Facts and figures

LocationDublin
Founded2015
FounderJack and Stephen Teeling
Stills3 pot stills
  • 15,000L wash still
  • 10,000L intermediate still
  • 9,000L spirit still
Capacity500,000 litres per annum

Opening Hours

Open daily 10.00am – 5.40pm (last tour)
Phoenix Café – 7.30am – 5.00pm
Bank Holidays – normal opening hours

Tours

Teeling Small Batch & Seasonal Whiskey Cocktail

€15

Teeling Trinity Tasting – Small Batch, Single Grain & Single Malt

€20

A Tasting of award Winning Single Malt, Single Cask and a Vintage Distillery Exclusive Single Malt

€30

Reviews

Teeling Trinity Tasting – Small Batch, Single Grain & Single Malt (17:40 on 11/09/2018)

I booked this distillery tour online for 1800 and received an email 10 days before asking if I could do 1740 instead as the 1800 tour being open was a mistake. I was happy to change the time, as 20 minutes would make no difference to my day. On the email exchange I was offered a complimentary Irish coffee, which I wasn't offered on arrival (I don't drink coffee so no big deal, but offers via email should be honoured without the person needing to ask) and only remembered after I'd left. This was my final distillery in Dublin, before I moved on and was at the end of my second day in Dublin; I'd walked about 21 miles over two days by this point. There was 25-27 people on tour (with them moving around difficult to get accruate count). The distillery is a modern one, designed with tours in mind, so you rarely feel cramped (only time was near the end at the small barrel display), but this is too many people; on the tour you'd be invited to look in the mash tun or wash back and then you'd wait in silence for 3-4 minutes for everyone to filter past. The tour was good and informative and there was strategically placed microphones for the guide to use so you could always hear. The tasting was done next to the bar area and was very noisy; the entire floor is open plan with a bar area at one end and tyhe tasting area, where we were at the other, with a gap down onto the ground floor, which is also open plan, containing a cafe at one end under the bar area, so noise travels and echos around. There seemed to be no noise dampening features included. The tasting area is at high tables with stools (seem to be a common feature in all countries) which doesn't work too well for me as I have a bad back and a proper chair would have been welcome (especially having walked so ar over my two days in Dublin). I did the Trinity tour with three samples; Single Grain, Small Batch and Single Malt; all were nice whiskies (I'd had a bottle of the Single Malt before i went to Ireland). Photos are allowed everywhere, with time given for everyone to take all the photos they wanted.

History

In 1782, Walter Teeling, established a distillery on Dublin's Marrowbone Lane, in the Liberties area of Dublin, then an epicentre of distilling dubbed the "golden triangle" due to the number of distilleries located in the area. Although now long gone, some of the distilleries in the Liberties area at the time, were very large operations, with George Roe's Thomas Street Distillery likely being the largest distillery in the world at its peak.

Eventually, the Teeling Distillery was purchased by a larger neighbouring operation, William Jameson & Co., which was also based on Marrowbone Street. However, William Jameson's distillery, run by relatives of the more famous John Jameson, later closed in 1923, having like many Irish distilleries, encountered serious financial difficulties in the early 20th century.

In 1987, John Teeling, a descendant of Walter Teeling purchased a facility in Cooley, Co. Louth which had previously been set up by the Irish Free State Government to produce industrial alcohol from potatoes. Teeling converted this plant to a whiskey distillery, reopening it in 1989 as Cooley Distillery. The distillery was the first new distillery to launch in Ireland following the consolidatons and closures of the 20th century.

Teeling's sons, Jack and Stephen worked with their father at the Cooley Distillery before it was sold to Beam Inc. (now Beam Suntory) in 2011. As part of the sale, the Teelings negotiated the purchase of 16,000 casks of aged whiskey. Using these stocks, Jack Teeling launched Teeling Whiskey in 2012, and was later joined in the venture by his brother Stephen.

In 2015, the Teelings established a new whiskey distillery in Market Square in Dublin, not far from the location of the original Teeling Distillery on Marrowbone Lane. The distillery, which includes a visitor centre, now employs some 55 staff, and exports to 44 countries. Construction of the distillery was the subject of a four-part TV3 documentary, "Whiskey Business", which first aired in 2015.
Information correct as of 05/10/2018
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