Whiskey distilling has been a part of Irish culture and heritage for centuries. In recent years, Irish Whiskey has seen a huge growth in popularity worldwide, with a particular interest in artisan whiskey. This increase in popularity has been reflected here with an extraordinary number of distilleries and craft breweries opening in the past 18 months.
One of the latest distilleries to open is Teeling Distillery. The Teeling Whiskey Company was founded by brothers Jack and Stephen Teeling in 2012, with the aim to revive the family trademark of whiskey and to bring whiskey distilling back to Dublin. The location of Teeling Distillery is therefore significant, as it is situated in Newmarket Square in the Liberties area, not too far away from where Jack and Stephen’s ancestor Walter Teeling had a distillery on Marrowbone Lane in 1782.
It is the first new distillery in Dublin for 125 years, and offers a unique visitor experience. As it is a working distillery, it allows visitors to interact with the people making the product and to witness the distilling process first hand! This distinctive feature is reflected in the
industrial design, with concrete floors, large open spaces and barrel inspired seating. There is also an event space that is available for private hire!
The engaging guided tour opens with a photo exhibition on the history of whiskey distilling and a timeline of the Teeling story. Upstairs, visitors will see the three pot stills and will be guided through the process of whiskey distilling. The tour lasts about 45 minutes and includes a sample of some fine Teeling Whiskey. Visitors can also buy some of the Teeling Whiskey, a great way to remember a trip to Dublin!
Make sure to sample the Spirit of Dublin on your next MICE programme!
Photos of Teeling Distillery courtesy of Teeling Whiskey Company