Teeling to build €10m Irish whiskey distilleryBy Becky Paskin
The Teeling Whiskey Company (TWC) has revealed plans to build a €10million distillery in Dublin, bringing distilling back to the Irish city for the first time in 125 years.
The new distillery and visitors’ centre, which will be located in Newmarket Square in The Liberties, will consist of three copper pot stills capable of producing 500,000 litres of whiskey annually.
The Teeling Whiskey Distillery will be dedicated to producing liquid to supply the existing TWC brands, and allow the group to diversify the range of Irish whiskey currently on the market.
The distillery is expected to begin production in Q4 2014, with the visitors’ centre – which is expected to attract 50,000 consumers in year one – completed in early 2015.
Jack Teeling, founder and managing director of TWC said the distillery brought the family’s distilling heritage back to its roots.
“We are proud to be returning to our ancestral distilling roots which trace back to 1782 in The Liberties,” he said. “This project will bring distilling back to an area of Dublin long associated with world class whiskey which at one stage had 37 different operational distilleries.
“Dublin whiskey was at the forefront of the last golden age of Irish whiskey. We aim to revive the Spirit of Dublin by putting Dublin and Teeling Whiskey firmly back on the map again.”
The distillery plans were welcomed by Richard Bruton, minister for jobs, enterprise and innovation, who said: “Today’s announcement by Teelings that it will invest €10million in a new distillery in the Liberties with the creation of 30 new jobs and 50 temporary construction jobs is great news and a strong indication of what is possible in this area.”
The distillery will help TWC achieve its goal to become a leader in spearheading the Irish and Dublin whiskey category.