Teeling Irish Whiskey Bumps Its Oldest Bottling Up To 34 Years - The Whiskey Wash

Teeling Irish Whiskey Bumps Its Oldest Bottling Up To 34 Years

Teeling Irish Whiskey continues to slowly push the envelope when it comes to older expressions it pulls from sourced barrels for its high end bottlings. Back in late 2016 we saw the unveiling of a 33 year old whiskey, and now that’s bumped up a year to a new 34 year old release.

The new Teeling 34-Year-Old Vintage Reserve Single Malt, according to those behind it, was first distilled back in 1983. From there it spent some 34 years aging exclusively in ex-American oak bourbon barrels before recently being bottled at 40.9% ABV. As the story goes it was drawn from family casks, owned personally by Jack and Stephen Teeling during their Cooley distillery days. These casks are generally kept back for only very exclusive and unique occasions, and it is from the remaining inventory of six casks, specifically Family Cask No. 2, that around 40 bottles have been produced exclusively for a US release.

“We are extremely proud to be able to release some of the oldest ever bottlings of Irish Single Malt in partnership with Bacardi in the US which is now the largest market in the world for Irish Whiskey,” said Jack Teeling, founder of the Teeling Whiskey Company, in a prepared statement. “This bottling is reflective of our goal to help drive diversity in Irish whiskey by introducing interesting and unique super premium bottlings. There is nothing else like this 34 Year Old Irish Single Malt on the market and represent a rare piece of Irish whiskey history in each bottle.”

Should you look to pick up a bottle of this old Irish whiskey, expect to drop around $5,000. We’ve added limited official tasting notes for it below. It should also be noted that while this Irish whiskey is among the oldest ever bottled, from what we can tell it is not the oldest. That may very well fall to the Willie Napier Pure Pot Still 44 Year Old, distilled possibly prior to 1945 and bottled in 1989.

  • Nose: Vanilla, cream, orange, toast, jam
  • Taste: Light and fresh, well balanced sweetness blends into notes of vanilla, sandalwood, allspice, and orchard fruits.
  • Finish: Deep and inviting as the spice comes back and then goes away again
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Nino Marchetti is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and provided tasting input on many whiskeys at competitions. He also maintains a large private collection of whiskey from which he continually educates his palate on this brown spirit type.