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Dublin has traditionally been the heart of the Irish whiskey industry. During Walter Teeling’s time (the late 1700s), there were over 37 different distilleries in Dublin. The Liberties area of Dublin in particular was recognised as the epicentre for Dublin whiskey and was dubbed the ‘Golden Triangle’ due to the number of distilleries clustered in a one mile radius.
During the 19th century Dublin whiskey became globally recognised as the premier whiskey in the world. Renowned for its “smooth” and unique “character”, it sold at a premium to all other types of whiskey. As a result of this success, some of the largest distilleries in the world emerged from these small craft Dublin distillers. Unfortunately, when Irish whiskey fell on hard times, so did distilling in Dublin and the last still ran cold in 1976.
The Teeling Family has been crafting Irish whiskey since 1782. Walter Teeling originally set up a craft distillery on Marrowbone Lane, Dublin, starting a 230-year family tradition. Jack and Stephen Teeling currently carry on the family’s legacy. The Teeling Whiskey Distillery is the first new distillery in Dublin in over 125 years and is bringing the craft back into the heart of Dublin city centre. Located in the ancient market square of Newmarket, an area long associated with brewing and distilling, the new distillery is a three copper pot still operation, reviving the traditional style of Dublin whiskey distillation.
Teeling whiskeys stay true to the family tradition of quality over quantity. From grain to bottle, many hands are involved in the small batch production process to ensure that each bottle of Teeling is crafted to the highest standard possible. Through taking more time and using innovative cask maturation techniques, the young team of craftsmen is producing small batch bottlings of unique Irish whiskeys. The goal is to retain the drinkability of Irish whiskey but bring in new and interesting flavours to complement the naturally smooth and sweet taste of Irish whiskey.
Open to visitors since June 2015, the Teeling Whiskey Distillery has already won the “Experience of the Year” award from the Luxury Travel Guide. The Distillery also houses a retail space and café.
Tours, including tastings, daily between 12.00 pm and 7.00 pm (tours every 20 minutes). Phoenix Café open Mon to Friday 8.00 am – 4.00 pm and Sat, Sun and Bank Holidays 10.00 am to 6.00 pm.
13-17 Newmarket, Dublin 8
€17 per person including whiskey & cocktail tasting. Book online in advance to make sure of your place on the tour.