A Guide to Teelings, Midleton, and Redbreast
The Irish have a long history with whiskey. In fact, they were the first people to distill it—a thousand years ago! But what makes Irish whiskey so special? Why are so many distilleries in Ireland producing some of the best whiskeys on earth? Here’s everything you need to know about three amazing brands: Teeling Whiskey, Midleton, and Redbreast.
Introduction to Irish Whiskey
Irish whiskey is a whiskey category created in 1964. It’s made from malted and unmalted barley, which is a type of grass that grows in Ireland.
There are four types of Irish whiskey: single malt, single grain, blended and pot still. Single malt refers to whiskey distilled from malted barley only; single grain means it was made using both malted and unmalted barley; blended refers to a mixture of different whiskeys that were distilled separately; while pot still refers to those distilled entirely in copper pots over direct heat (like Scotch).
Teeling Whiskey is a Dublin whiskey distillery that was founded in 2015 by Jack Teeling, son of John Teeling. The company is named after his father and their family history in the whiskey industry (they also own Cooley Distillery).
The distillery is located in the old Teeling Distillery building on Thomas Street, which was built in 1782 and closed in 1971. The location has been used as a brewery since then but has now been restored to its former glory as part of this project!
The first batch of whiskey from this new distillery hit stores earlier this year–you can find it at most good liquor stores around town or online at Amazon or other retailers like that. It won’t be long until they start winning awards too; they’re already up for Best Irish Single Malt/Blended Whiskey at World Whiskies Awards 2018!
The Midleton distillery is located in County Cork, Ireland. The distillery was founded in 1770 by John Power and began producing whiskey soon after. Today, it’s owned by Pernod Ricard and produces Jameson, Powers Irish Whiskey, Paddy Irish Whiskey and Redbreast Single Pot Still Whiskey.
The Midleton Distillery currently produces over 50 million liters of pure alcohol per year! This means that if you were able to drink one liter of pure alcohol every day for your entire life (and somehow didn’t die), it would take you over 450 years before finishing off this amount at the rate they’re going now!
Redbreast is a whiskey that was first produced in the 1930s. It is made with a blend of malted and unmalted barley, triple distilled, matured in sherry casks and bottled at 40% ABV (80 proof).
Redbreast has won numerous awards including “Irish Whiskey of the Year” at the 2007 San Francisco World Spirits Competition and “Best Irish Whiskey” at the 2007 World Whiskies Awards.
Every whiskey has a story.
Irish whiskey is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from fermenting and distilling grain mash. The style, taste and quality of Irish whiskey varies based on the grain used, the fermentation process and the distillation process.
The first written record of Irish whiskey dates back to AD 1150 in Ireland. The oldest surviving written reference to the phrase “uisce beatha” (meaning “water of life”) appears in 1494 in Ireland during an ordinance banning its sale except for medical purposes or after religious service
We hope you enjoyed this short guide to some of the most popular Teeling Whiskey. If you’re looking for something new and exciting to try, we recommend trying an Irish whiskey. They have a rich history that can be explored through each sip!