Wednesday 20 November 2019

Teeling brothers toast opening of new distillery as licence to consume of whiskey on site granted

Jack and Stephen Teeling roll out the barrel
Jack and Stephen Teeling roll out the barrel
The new copper stills

By Saurya Cherfi

The Teeling Whiskey Company is opening the first new Irish whiskey distillery in Dublin in 125 years, a court heard today.

Barrister Kerry-Jane Morgan told the Circuit Civil Court that the distillery, in the Newmarket Square in the Liberties, was the only operational distillery in Dublin.

Ms Morgan said the distillery will open a visitor centre later this month, and the company’s founder and managing director, Jack Teeling, was applying for a certificate for a full ordinary seven day publican’s on-licence.

Jack Teeling told Judge James O’Donohue that there had been a growing demand for Irish whiskey worldwide.

Teeling said that he and his brother Stephen, who is the Sales and Marketing director of the company, were confident the distillery would attract Dubliners and tourists alike.

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Judge O’Donohue heard that visitors will be given the opportunity to see and experience a real operational distillery and also interact with the people making Teeling whiskey.

The Teeling brothers, who come from a family long associated with Irish whiskey dating back to 1782, when Walter Teeling set up a craft distillery on Marrowbone Lane in the Liberties, had wanted to bring back distilling in the area.

Today Judge O’Donohue granted Newmarket VC Ltd, which is owned by the Teeling brothers, the “on license certificate,” also known as a Spirit Retailers On-Licence which permits consumption of whiskey on the premises.

The distillery, consisting of three traditional copper pot stills, has the capacity to produce 500,000 litres of whiskey a year. The visitor centre expects 40,000 to 50,000 visitors in its first year, increasing to 100,000 visitors per annum.

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