The Teeling family has a long history in the world of Irish whiskey, with John Teeling having founded Cooley Distillery in County Louth in 1987, revived Kilbeggan Distillery in 2007, and started Great Northern Distillery in 2015. John's sons Jack and Stephen took the knowledge they gained from working for their father at Cooley and started Teeling Whiskey Co. in 2012, leading the renaissance in Dublin distilling.
In fact, Teeling was the first distillery to open in the city of Dublin in 125 years. The Teeling Distillery and visitor center are located in the Liberties neighborhood of Dublin, near where their great-great-grandfather Walter Teeling established a distillery in the late 18th century that was eventually bought by William Jameson, relative of John Jameson.
Our history lesson now complete, let's talk about the whiskey! Single pot still is the most traditional of Irish whiskeys and the Teeling expression of it is triple distilled from 50 percent unmalted barley and 50 percent malted barley. It is smooth, flavorful, a touch creamy sweet with just a little bit of caramel, and drinkable. The retail price is $60-70, although it can be found on sale for $50.
Teeling considers its Small Batch offering rather than the Single Pot Still to be its flagship. They also produce a Single Grain, a Single Malt, a Single Cask (which can be hard to find), and Blackpitts Peated Single Malt. They also have a limited number of vintage reserve single malts they took with them when Cooley was bought by Beam that were aged for 14 years, 24 years, 29 years, and 34 years.
Teeling Single Pot Still: 89 POINTS
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