Meet Teeling 24-Year-Old Single Malt: Irish Whiskey’s Cool Older Brother
1991 was, mostly, a good time.
A pound of bacon was $1.95 (it’s $6.11 now), Hook had us all cheering for Rufio, and everything smelled like teen spirit. 1991, too, was the year that some of Ireland’s oldest single malt whiskies were put in casks to mature—first bourbon, then Sauterne wine casks. There wasn’t a lot of it—only 1,000 bottles were produced—but even back then the people behind Teeling Whiskey knew it was going to be good. They weren’t wrong.
Teeling 24-Year-Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey, the latest release from the Dublin-based distillery, is now available and if you’re a fan of single malt whiskies or of Irish whiskey (or both), then you’re going to want to get your hands on this limited-release bottle.
Of the release, founder of the Teeling Whiskey Company Jack Teeling said: “This offering is central to our goal to help drive diversity in Irish whiskey by introducing interesting and unique small batch bottlings. There is nothing else like this Irish Single Malt on the market and it represents a rare piece of Irish whiskey history in each bottle.”
This statement isn’t just fluff trying to make the whiskey sound historically important. Hardly, in fact, as the Teeling family has been making Irish whiskey since the 1780s. Since then, the Teeling family has worked to create distinct whiskies that tell the tale of their family and of Irish whiskey. This vision and determination has culminated thus far in the 2012 opening of the Teeling distillery in Dublin—the first new distillery in the city in over 125 years.
The flavour of 24-Year-Old is complex, due in part to the double maturation (bringing fruit flavours into the mix) and the addition of a small amount of peated malt as part of the original mash bill for the whiskey. The liquid is then hand-bottled in special decanters and comes with a certificate of authenticity, just to round out the awesome experience that would be sitting before you.
Teeling 24-Year-Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey comes in at 46% ABV and is available in limited quantities for $499.99.