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The Teeling story begins in 1782 when one Walter Teeling opened a distillery in Marrowbone Lane in Dublin. At the time, Dublin was home to a thriving whiskey industry of some 37 or so different distilleries and Teeling was in production right through to the early 20th century. An industry-wide slump brought production to a halt however and the premises were sold to local rivals Wm. Jameson & Co before eventually closing for good in 1923.
More than 60 years later, John Teeling, descendent of Walter, set in motion the chain of events that would bring the Teeling name back to the world of whiskey. John purchased an industrial alcohol plant in Cooley and converted it into a distillery. The site launched in 1989 and began producing whiskey like Kilbeggan, Connemara and The Tyrconnell. Such was Cooley’s success, it began to attract interest from the big boys and in 2012 the distillery was sold to Beam Suntory.
Prior to it’s sale, John’s sons Jack and Stephen worked at Cooley and as part of the deal, they negotiated the purchase of 16,000 casks of aged whiskey which they then used to relaunch the Teeling brand in 2012, releasing a varied range of single grain, blended and single malt expressions, experimenting with unusual cask finishes and commendably, bottling at the higher strength of 46%.
Smell: Vanilla, Cream, Sweet Pastry, Lemon Meringue
Taste: Pastry, Cinnamon, Pecan, Vanilla, Cream, Berry.
Value for Money: The quality more than justifies the price point of £35 – £40.
Quite simply, one of the best single grains on the market. Best of all, it comes at a very sensible price. Bravo!
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