The rise of Irish whiskey
Ireland was once the world’s dominant whiskey producer, but years of decline saw it almost disappear. According to the Irish Whiskey Association, in 2013, there were four distilleries in Ireland producing and selling Irish whisky. By August 2017, the number of operational whiskey distilleries in Ireland had increased to 18 with plans for another 16 in the works. It is no secret that Irish whiskey is experiencing a resurgence and growing traction, as well as a fascination from its drinkers. Last week, we were introduced to a new kid on the Irish whiskey block, Teeling Whiskey, which opened its distillery in 2015 and is making its mark on the international stage.
The team hosted a virtual tasting of their range which includes their small-batch, single grain, and single malt whiskeys.
Founded by Jack and Stephen Teeling, and head distiller Alex Chasko, Teeling Whiskey has received more than 130 international awards so far. We were joined by one of the founders Jack, owner of Whisky Brothers Marc Pendlebury, and Bacardi local trade ambassador Luke Knox. Things kicked with Jack giving us a brief history of their family distillery sharing the reasoning for the location of the distillery and the fact that, in 125 years, Teeling is the first new distillery in Dublin. Jack said their approach to making Teeling whiskey was based on using the delicate base of Irish whiskey as the perfect canvas upon which to layer flavour and character.
It is no secret that Irish whiskey is experiencing a resurgence and growing traction, as well as a fascination from its drinkers.
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