Thursday 18 January 2018

Teeling goes back to family roots with Liberties whiskey distillery

Model Sarah Morrissey with Stephen Teeling, sales and marketing director, and Jack Teeling, managing director of the Teeling Whiskey Company. CONOR McCABE PHOTOGRAPHY
Model Sarah Morrissey with Stephen Teeling, sales and marketing director, and Jack Teeling, managing director of the Teeling Whiskey Company. CONOR McCABE PHOTOGRAPHY
Sarah Stack

Sarah Stack

ONE of Dublin's most historic quarters is set to be revived with two whiskey distilleries planned just doors away from each other.

The first new distillery in the capital for more than 125 years will be opened by the Teeling Whiskey Company in Newmarket Square in The Liberties later this year.

The famous family has gone back to its roots, with a €10m investment in a visitors centre close to where distant cousin Walter Teeling crafted the drink six generations ago.

They will create 50 construction jobs and at least 30 full-time posts when fully opened to an expected 50,000 visitors in the first year.

Meanwhile, ambitious plans for a second distillery – just two doors away – are also being lodged by the Dublin Whiskey Company with Dublin City Council this week.

Entrepreneur Marie Byrne and dentist Ed O'Flaherty want to turn an old furniture factory into its manufacturing base and also hope to be in production by the end of this year.

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Jack Teeling, who founded the Teeling Whiskey Company, said there was plenty of room for two independent distilleries, and many more, for Ireland's growing whiskey market worldwide.

"Our family has been involved in crafting whiskey in The Liberties since 1782 and at that time there were 37 other distilleries in Dublin," he said.

"If everybody can do something unique and interesting that compliments each other then there is room for all of us.

"The multinationals provide the oxygen for growth, but we need to give alternatives to the customer."

Dublin-born Mr Teeling (37) and his 33-year-old brother Stephen are following in the footsteps of their father Jack, who sold the Cooley Distillery in Co Louth to US drinks giant Beam for $95m (€71m) two years ago.

But the family struck a deal for the firm to continue making its tipple until their own production site was up and running, giving it back control of the distilling process from grain to bottle.

The new Pot Still distillery will have the capacity to produce 500,000 litres of whiskey a year – more than one million bottles – and will consist of three traditional copper Pot Stills reviving the traditional style of the old Dublin distilleries.

The first bottle of Dublin-made Teeling Whiskey should be hitting the shelves worldwide by 2018, after it matures for three years in rum lined wooden casks to give it a sweeter taste.

With exports already going to 18 countries, plans are under way to break into the lucrative US market, where a shipment of 15,000 bottles has been sent ahead of a launch date just after St Patrick's Day.

Irish Independent

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