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Oldest bottling of Irish single malt released

The Teeling Whiskey Company has released two new bottlings from its Vintage Reserve Collection – a 26 Year Old Gold Reserve and 30 Year Old Platinum Reserve Irish single malt.  The 30 Year Old release is believed to be the oldest bottling of Irish Single Malt recently released, allegedly making this the world’s most exclusive Irish whiskey.

The Gold Reserve bottling consists of 26 year old single malt Irish whiskey doubled distilled in 1987 and matured firstly in bourbon casks then allowed to marry in white Burgundy wine casks. This small batch bottling of 1,000 bottles, is the first Irish whiskey to be finished in white Burgundy wine casks.  

The Platinum Reserve 30 Year Old bottling has been limited to 250 bottles. Having been double distilled in 1983 and allowed to rest for over 30 years in a Bourbon cask this limited edition whiskey has inherited a huge amount of character and is exceptional not only in taste but also in its rarity.

Jack Teeling, founder of the Teeling Whiskey Company, comments: “We are extremely proud to be able to release some of the oldest ever bottlings of Irish Single Malt with our Vintage Reserve Collection. These offerings are central to our goal to play the lead role in bringing an independent voice back to the Irish whiskey category and will help drive diversity in the category by introducing interesting and unique small batch bottlings of Irish whiskey. With the 30 Year Old in particular we give people the ability to taste and collect part of Irish whiskey history at a time of a new Golden Era for the category.” 

The Gold Reserve 26 Year Old will retail for approximately €475 (US$600, £400) and the Platinum Reserve for approximately €1,500 (US$2,000, £1,200) The products are initially only available in Ireland through Dublin Airport and the Celtic Whiskey Store and will then be rolled out to select international markets and travel retailers.

The bottle design and manufacture was done in partnership with Glencairn Crystal. The presentation cases were designed by Appletart Design and sourced through the Abercorn Trading Company.

12 May 2014 - Felicity Murray The Drinks Report, editor