Dublin has traditionally been the heart of the Irish whiskey industry. Back in the 1700’s there were over 37 different distilleries in Dublin. The Liberties area of Dublin in particular was recognized as the epicenter 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 recognized as the Premier whiskey in the world. Unfortunately as Irish whiskey fell on hard times so did distilling in Dublin and the last still ran cold in 1976 until now.
The Teeling Whiskey Distillery is the first new fully operational distillery in Dublin in over 125 years and will bring the craft of distilling back to the heart of Dublin city center. The new distillery is right back where it started in 1782 and only a stone’s throw away from where founder Walter Teeling’s old distillery stood. Located in an ancient market square called 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.
The new distillery was founded by Jack Teeling and his brother Stephen in 2012 to revive the family-old trademark of Irish whiskey and bring distilling back to Dublin. The brothers have complete control of all aspects the distillery’s whiskey production, from grain to bottle, so that it can truly lead the category in terms of innovation and build on the company’s ever growing reputation of producing some of the world’s best whiskeys. Most recently, Teeling Single Malt was named ‘World’s Best’ at the 2015 World Whiskies Awards and Teeing Small Batch was awarded ‘Best Blended Irish Whiskey’ at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Irish whiskey is currently experiencing a surge in popularity both at home and abroad and is the fastest growing spirits category in the world. According to an IWSR/Just drinks report*, Irish whiskey is expected to grow by +60% between 2014 and 2019 and it is estimated that 96m bottles of Irish whiskey will be sold globally by 2016.
Jack Teeling, founder and managing director of the Teeling Whiskey Company commented: “Today is a momentous day in the history of our company and something we have been working towards for the last three years. We are delighted to officially open our brand new distillery and bring back the tradition of distilling to Dublin. We are also looking forward to opening our doors to our first official visitors this weekend and we’re confident that our distillery will become a must-visit destination for tourists to Dublin from all over the world.”
Our philosophy is that while we are respectful to the rich provenance and heritage of Irish whiskey, as a new generation of Irish whiskey makers we are confident to forge a new future for Dublin and Irish whiskey. ~ Jack Teeling
The new distillery includes a state-of-the-art visitor center which will host whiskey tasting tours, a café, a bar, a private event space for hire and a gift shop. The visitor center will officially start taking paying visitors June 13th and will be open from 9.30am – 5.30pm 7 days a week.