Teelings Whiskey Distillery
Dublin’s newest alcohol-themed attraction is putting the historical, industrial Liberties neighbourhood back on the tourist map.
Unlike the Guinness and Jameson properties, the Teeling Whiskey Distillery is a working distillery; you will see, smell, and taste the whiskey-making process in its natural habitat and are likely to see the distillers hard at work with the shiny, state-of-the-art equipment.
Teeling’s make small batches of craft whiskey, so the operation is compact—confined to one big mashing, fermenting, and distilling floor. The only step in the whiskey process not seen on site is barrel maturation, but the knowledgeable guides thoroughly explain the barrel-ageing process.
What sets this hour-long tour and tasting apart from many other tours is the opportunity to engage with the whiskey at each step in the process: smelling and tasting both un-malted and malted grain, the fermented wash before distillation, young whiskey at various points in the barrel-ageing process, and, of course, a sampling of the finished product at the end.
This continuous smelling and tasting allow the whiskey novice —like me—to follow the essence of the grain from seed to spirit and prepares the visitor well for the tasting at the end.
Tours of Teelings
With the budget traveller (and the whiskey newbie) in mind, Teeling offers different tasting packages, all of which come with the same distillery tour:
- The €14.00 ticket includes one whiskey sample and one cocktail.
- The €20.00 package consists of a 20 mL sample of Teeling’s three introductory whiskies and is the best value, in my opinion.
- The €30.00 offering for experienced whiskey fans includes a tasting of three fine single malts, the highlight of which is a luxurious 21-year-old.
Its proximity to City Centre, its selection of package prices, and its informative tour of a working facility make the Teeling tour one of my new favourites in Dublin.
Getting to Teelings
Located in the heart of Dublin city centre in the historic Liberties, the Teeling Whiskey Distillery is the the only operational distillery in Dublin, and the first new distillery to open its doors in over 125 years.
The Liberties area is a regular spider web of narrow lanes and side streets. It’s a charming neighbourhood but challenging to navigate. Before leaving City Centre:
- Make sure you have a detailed print or mobile device map in hand.
- For a scenic and exciting walk to Teeling from City Centre, head a few blocks west from Christ Church, go south on Francis Street to its end and turn right on Dean Street.
- Take the first left on St. Luke’s Avenue; then the first left again down Brabazon Street to Newmarket.
- Again, check it on your map before jumping in, or take the Green Bus hop on hop off tour to the new stop right at the door (Daily 9:30– 17:00, tours can be booked online or at the door; www.teelingwhiskey.com).
- For more about Irish Whiskey, see Dublin in Detail: Irish Whiskey Tourism.
After your tour, enjoy a handcrafted cocktail from their mixologist at The Bang Bang Bar with views overlooking Dublin city, or enjoy locally sourced and produced food, drinks and treats in The Phoenix Café.
Address: Teeling Whiskey Distillery, 13-17 Newmarket, Dublin 8
Tel: +353 1 5310888
Booking ahead is advised.
Hop off the CityScape Tour at: Stop 27 Newmarket (see Route Map)
The Teeling Whiskey Distillery is open 7 days a week all year round, apart from 24th, 25th and 26th December and Good Friday.
Tours: 10am – 7pm Mon-Sun
Last tour Mon-Fri: 5.20pm
Last tour Sat-Sun: 5.30pm
Phoenix Café: 8am – 5pm
Gift Shop: 10.30am- 7pm