A Limerick A Day


Jack (right) and Stephen Teeling with Teeling Whiskey’s 24-year-old single malt crowned the ‘World’s Best Single Malt’ at the 2019 World Whiskies Awards

In Ireland we do like to think
That we’re pretty good with our drink
And when put to the test
It appears we’re the best
So raise up your glasses and clink

John Moynes


46 thoughts on “A Limerick A Day

    1. Rep

      They were the Cooley distillery before selling that the Jim Bean. All their old whiskey comes from that.

  1. Brother Barnabas

    a worthy winner for sure – but, using 1.5 ounce glasses, that smallish boittle gives you around 15 shots, so each comes out at almost €25. it’s a beautiful whiskey but not cheap.

  2. Brother Barnabas

    may i enquire, bodger, sir, why am i back to this:

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      1. Brother Barnabas

        try reading it aloud with a sing-songy, rasping voice

        then tell me it doesn’t work

    1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

      Mooooooo ha ha ha haaaaaaa!
      I move in mysterious ways.
      It’s alright, it’s alright, alright

  3. Jaypers

    Can anyone explain how they have a 24 year old single malt if the company was established in 2012?

    1. Brother Barnabas

      fairly common- generally just buy an existing batch from another distiller (invariably one of the big ones) and then get going with own maturation in last few years

      it’s like buying a raw product and refining it

        1. Brother Barnabas

          or some buy an existing batch, bottle it, label it and spin a yarn about it


      1. Jaypers

        Seems like the answers lies here – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teeling_Distillery

        “Teeling’s sons, Jack and Stephen worked with their father at the Cooley Distillery before it was sold to Beam Inc. (now Beam Suntory) in 2011. As part of the sale, the Teelings negotiated the purchase of 16,000 casks of aged whiskey. Using these stocks, Jack Teeling launched Teeling Whiskey in 2012, and was later joined in the venture by his brother Stephen.”.

    2. The Old Boy

      Ian-O is our resident whiskey expert, but I think the answer is that they buy stock in from the various other distilleries. I can understand how this could make sense if they were making a blend, but somewhat baffled as to how it works with a single malt.

      1. bisted

        …while Irish Single Malts are relatively new to the market, malt whiskey has always been around but was always used by the blender to ensure consistency in the blend…Dublin Port&Docks used to have barrels in bond 100s of years old…

      2. Rep

        They were the Cooley distillery before selling that the Jim Bean. All their old whiskey comes from that. Same whiskey, different name.

      3. Ian-O

        Not an expert but appreciate the sentiment. :)

        But yes, that’s exactly what they do. Distillation plants offer grain neutral spirit for sale to places like Teelings while they are awaiting their own stuff to mature. Very common and a lot of ‘cross talk’ between distillers due the very successful measures taken by the Irish Whiskey Association to further the profile of Irish Whiskey.

        Barring Conor McGregor and his pishy offering, its been great for the industry as a whole.

        While I do enjoy Teelings offerings (and they have some great stuff), I find their price point a little high when it comes to their offerings. My personal favs are Bushmills 21 YO (ridiculously under priced), Red Breast 12YO, Yellow Spot 12 YO and Tullamore Dew 15.

        @Brother barnabas – yeah, 20 – 21 years is kind of the limit really, you don’t really see a huge increase in quality beyond that, but for many, the age statement is king when its just another factor (an important one to be sure but not the be all, initial distill quality, condition of barrel and what was in it previously are also very important.)

  4. Dr.Fart MD

    these are the two lads who came out angrily denying they got money from their dad to start the business, and that they funded it off their own backs .. without anyone asking or accusing anything. then, enter barbara streisand effect .. they absolutely did get a big lump of cash off the oul lad. like so what? obviously you did, two young lads wouldnt get a loan from the bank of that magnitude in ireland. anyway, the building is gross and will fit in with the surroundings more once they build that big scummy dated looking hotel next to it.

  5. Bertie Theodore Alphege Blenkinsop

    I’ve never tasted whiskey, where should I start?

    ( I know I’ll probably regret asking )

    1. Ian-O

      Depends on what you like really? But bear in mind, whiskey is an acquired taste due to it being so strong a flavour.

      My recommendation is actually to start by mixing it to get a taste for the flavour itself, whether its Jack Daniels and Coke or Jameson and ginger ale. If you cannot take it in that form you probably will not like it raw!

      If you do find the taste to your liking, avoid young whiskies where possible and try something a little polished like powers standard offering. Slightly spicy and warming or perhaps Teelings small batch which is rum finished and can be both spicy and sweet. While Teelings small batch is, in my opinion, the better of the two, as I said above, Teelings pricing is a little overly ambitious and it will cost at least €10 more than the Powers.

      If you find these to your liking, the world is open to you! I personally think that the Japanese are some of the best distillers around, while most of their stuff is great, you will find OK Japanese whisky but I have yet to come across a bad one from them.

      1. Bertie Theodore Alphege Blenkinsop

        Nice one, thanks.

        Don’t like Coca Cola but will try the ginger ale :)

        1. Ian-O

          Glad to be of assistance, just stay away from ‘poitin’, the real stuff and the retail offerings.

          Not nice at all.

        2. millie st murderlark

          Try whiskey sours, Bertie. A lovely refreshing drop, especially if you use fresh lemon juice.

  6. Captainpants

    There are so many beautifully branded Whiskeys and gins coming out of Ireland these days that I suspect there is a massive industrial alcohol facility somewhere in the Midlands, and they just slap some flavour and colour in it and call a P.R company every few weeks to give it a different name.

    1. Andrew

      Not far from the truth actually Captainpants. A lot of it DOES come from the Tullamore Dew distillery in the midlands.
      Not this one though.
      It’s an expensive taste to have.

        1. bisted

          …Cooley was set up to distil from spuds that had developed ‘black spot’…somewhere after that the marketing boys moved in…didn’t know they had started distilling grain spirit…

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