Celtic Tiger Teeling is back again New Distillery in Dundalk, Ireland – Irish Whiskey News

Paul Armstrong von Diageo und John Teeling im Sudhaus der Great Northern Brewery in Dundalk, Irland

Celtic Tiger Teeling is back again New Distillery in Dundalk, Ireland

Ernie – Ernst J Scheiner, The Gateway to Distilleries at www.whisky-distilleries.net

The Irish Whisky Company (IWC) which was formed by John Teeling with his sons Jack and Stephen will spend about €35m over four years in transforming Diageo’s Great Northern Brewery in Dundalk, Co Louth into a whiskey distillery. Shareholders of the new IWC are also the former Cooley Distillery directors Jim Finn and David Hynes.

Ireland’s second largest brewery known as the Harp Brewery locally will end its brewing history in Dundalk which started in the 1950s. „The production of Harp, Smithwicks and Carlsberg brands will be moved to St James’s Gate in Dublin,“ said Paul Armstrong, Supply Director Brewing of Diageo’s International Supply Centre. „By centralising our brewing facilities in the capital, we will secure the future of beer brewing in Ireland.“

The new Great Northern Distillery will be distilling grain whiskeys, pot still whiskeys and single malts for national and international markets. The Irish Whisky Company will produce white label-whiskeys for retailers worldwide, blended whiskeys for brand owners without distilleries and grain whiskeys for smaller Irish craft distilleries. The new Dundalk Distillery will be operated as an efficient low cost modern bulk distillery. Production is planned to start by August 2014 with first mature whiskey available by 2018.

John Teeling had successfully converted the former Ceimicí Teo Distillery at Riverstown, Co. Louth into one of the most decorated and highly praised distilleries in Ireland. The grain and single malt distillery produced whiskeys like Greenore, Tyrconnell or the peaty Connemara. Their creator Noel Sweeney has become one of the most decorated master blenders of Ireland.

But Cooley Distillery was also quite successful in supplying bonders and retailers with whiskeys like Slane Castle, Feckin, Titanic or Michael Collins. Almost 35% of its annual turnover was gained from the third party whiskey market.

This segment of the industry lies bare now as the American drinks firm Beam Inc stopped serving Bonders and Blenders after the aquisition of Cooley Distillery in 2011.

Beam Inc has focused on its Blended Whiskey Kilbeggan and cut all third party supply contracts evolving new whiskey distillery projects at Slane Castle, in Echlinville and Belfast.

John Teeling: „We will supply segments of the market with whiskey which are currently not served at all, or poorly served.“

The Dublin based Teeling Whiskey Company Ltd (TWC) formed by Jack and Stephen Teeling will continue to run as a separate unit. The two brothers will continue with their plans to build a new whiskey distillery in Dublin. The Great Northern Distillery will certainly be used as a source of whiskeys in the future.

Teeling Whiskey. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

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Paul Armstrong and John Teeling at The Great Northern Brewery. Copyright Diageo 2013.

Jack Teeling and his whiskeys. Copyright TWC 2013. 

About the Author: Ernie – Ernst J. Scheiner M.A. was a director in an adult education centre. Ernie offers courses on whisky distilling, writes for newspapers, magazines and blogs in Germany. He is the editor of The Gateway to Distilleries at www.whisky-distilleries.net which gives an excellent photographic and educational insight into the whisky industry of Scotland, Ireland, Europe and Asia.

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