The Teeling Whiskey Experience – #FridayFinds

Go anywhere in the world and tell them you’re from Ireland and one of the first things they’ll mention is whiskey. Whiskey is synonymous with Irish history, and rightly so. At the height of the whiskey movement in the 18th century, Ireland held 60% percent of the worldwide whiskey market – exporting to Britain, the US and beyond.

Fast-forward to 2015 and the Teeling Whiskey Distillery is the first new distillery in Dublin in over 125 years, with the family aiming to “bring the craft of distilling back into the very heart of Dublin city centre”. Not an easy task!

The Teeling Whiskey Distillery is located in the original epicenter of Dublin whiskey, the Liberties, and is the only operational distillery in the city. With the success of the Guinness Storehouse, more and more brewers and distillers are opening their doors to tourists and fans alike, giving them an opportunity to experience the history and skill behind their famous production process (and of course have a few drinks along the way).

This week I popped into the Teeling Whiskey Experience with some friends from Yelp to see what it was all about. The distillery is only recently built and is strikingly beautiful as you walk in. No expense spared. To begin I spent the first 10 minutes in the foyer sipping on a whiskey infused cocktail and checking out the Canon photography exhibition install that’s currently there. Not a bad way to start. Our guide then arrived and brought us to watch a short time lapse of the building process, highlighting the time and effort it took to build the impressive distillery. He then led us around, explaining what each and every pot, tank and ingredient contributed to the overall distilling process. One of the quirky things I spotted was that the copper pot stills each had a girl’s name engraved on it (which I later learned were named after Teeling’s own daughters).

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After the tour of production area was over, we were brought to the tasting room where we got to try the “Teeling Trinity” which consisted of a glass of single grain, single malt and small batch whiskeys. Personally I don’t know too much about whiskey, but side-by-side you could really taste the difference and get the individual notes and flavours from each glass. To the untrained eye they all looked very similar, but I quickly learned that they were in fact all distinctively very different. Next to the tasting room is the Bang Bang bar where you can enjoy a larger glass of your favourite of the Trinity or grab one of their many handcrafted whiskey cocktails. After the tasting it’s hard to say no!

While the whole tour was a little shorter than I expected, it was one of the best brewery/distillery experiences I’ve had to date. So if you’re looking for something different to do this weekend or you’re a big whiskey connoisseur, I’d definitely recommend it. Just make sure to leave the car at home!

Teeling Time Lapse from The Teeling Whiskey Company.