Teeling marks milestone with single cask releaseBy Annie Hayes
Teeling Whiskey Company has commemorated the first year of The Aviators Whiskey Society with the release of specially-selected bottling, The Aviators Single Cask.
Teeling has launched the celebratory expression in partnership with ARI, which manages the travel retail operations at Dublin and Cork Airports, and The Aviators Whiskey Society, which was set up by ARI retail staff in Dublin Airport.
Bottled at cask strength, the 12-year-old single malt was matured in ex-Bourbon barrels before being finished in ex-Californian cabernet sauvignon casks – which are said to impart a “well balanced, silky, stone fruit finish”.
The exclusive bottling was hand-selected by members of The Aviators Whiskey Society at a unique tasting event hosted by Jack Teeling at the Teeling Distillery, where more than 50 members of the society sampled four single cask expressions in a blind taste test.
John Byrne, buyer ARI Ireland for alcohol and tobacco, said: “The Aviators Whiskey Society was set up by retail staff in Dublin Airport to celebrate, promote and above all, enjoy whiskey! They’ve now taken it one step further by creating their own whiskey with our partners in Teeling Whiskey. Their gesture in allowing the Aviators Society the opportunity to develop an exclusive line of whiskey, speaks volumes for our close working relationship.
“ We are delighted to have the society’s name attached to such a premium whiskey which will sit proudly on shelf alongside an already diverse and truly market leading collection. I can’t think of anything better to express the real spirit of The Aviator’s Society. Who says you can’t bottle positivity!”
A handcrafted, small batch release of just 306 bottles, The Aviators Single Cask is available to purchase exclusively through The Irish Whiskey Collection at The Loop, Dublin and Cork Airports, and also online on The Loop’s website.
Stephen Teeling, sales and marketing director of the Teeling Whiskey Company, said: “We are delighted that we have been able to work with The Aviators Whiskey Society and the Irish Whiskey Collection to craft this very special whiskey. From its robust fruity nose to its layered flavour profile, The Aviators Single Cask bottling is a celebration of everything good about Irish whiskey.”
The expression is available in 700ml bottles and priced at €85 (duty paid) and €73 (duty free).
Earlier this week, The Teeling Whiskey Company released the first liquid from its new distillery – Spirit of Dublin Irish Poitín.