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New whiskey stills in Dublin after 125 years

IT'S more than 125 years since new copper pot stills arrived in Dublin, but a family whiskey company is reviving the capital's distilling tradition.

The Teeling Whiskey Company this week welcomed three hand-crafted copper pot stills for its new premises in Newmarket, The Liberties.

It marks a milestone for the Teeling family, who are bringing whiskey production back to their ancestral roots in Dublin 8.

The new distillery will be a modern revival of the Teeling distillery that thrived in the area in the 18th Century.


The stills were crafted in Sienna in Italy by Frilli Impianti, which has been making distilling equipment since 1912.

The traditional copper pot stills travelled 2,275km to their new home, and were assembled on-site.

The 15,000 litre wash still, 10,000 litre intermediate still and 9,000 litre spirit still will be at the heart of the distillery.

The Teeling Whiskey premises is the first new distillery in Dublin in more than 125 years and will have the capacity to produce 500,000 litres of whiskey a year.

"We are extremely proud to be returning to our ancestral distilling roots," Jack Teeling, founder and managing director of the company, said.

"We look forward to the first spirit flowing from our new stills and opening our doors to the public to come see a real Dublin distillery in operation in 2015," he added.

The firm hopes to open the premises to visitors in the New Year.

Teeling invested more than €10m in the project, creating 50 jobs in the construction phase. The distillery will employ 30 people full time.

The Teeling family has been long associated with distilling. In 2011, US drinks firm Beam bought Cooley Distillery, which was founded by Jack's father John, for €71m.