Teeling Whiskey just released the first in their Wonders of Wood Series, limited edition bottlings of single pot still whiskey designed to utilize unique styles of wood for maturation.
This first edition of “WOW” bottlings consists of a single pot still crafted from a recipe of 50% malted barley and 50% un-malted barley, which was then triple distilled in the Teeling Whiskey Distillery in Dublin. It was fully matured in virgin Chinkapin American white oak barrels.
Chinkapin oak is native to Eastern and Central North America with a wide wood grain that’s similar in composition to chestnut oak.
Teeling distillers find that when used for the maturation of Irish whiskey, the Chinkapin produces what’s described as a unique taste experience, layering a gingerbread spice and banana bread sweetness to the whiskey.
This first WOW edition recently took home honors from the 2022 World Whiskies Awards, picking up the title of the World’s Best Irish Single Pot Still.
Part of Teeling Whiskey’s mission to give back to its local communities, each bottle of Wonders of Wood purchased will help the brand’s work with the Tree Council of Ireland in the reforestation of an acre of woodland with exclusively native Irish trees, in the Glencree region of County Wicklow just outside of Dublin.
Jack Teeling, founder and managing director, said that wood is a remarkably sustainable and environmentally friendly material that plays a huge role in developing the flavor and character of a whiskey as it matures.
“We are truly in wonder of the role wood has in crafting our Teeling Whiskeys as well as its impact on the wider environment,” he said in a prepared statement. “As such, while it was important to ensure each release of our new WOW series lives up to our world-class reputation, we also wanted to ensure we give something back to our local environment. We were delighted when the Tree Council of Ireland partnered to allow us to do our part in helping the replanting of our native Irish forests.”
Bottled at 50% ABV, with a suggested retail price of 80€, this bottle of Irish Single Pot Still will be initially available in Ireland through the Teeling Whiskey Distillery gift shop, the Celtic Whiskey Shop and select retailers throughout the country. This edition will then be rolled out into European and select Asian markets as well as being released in the US later this year.
For more information, check out www.teelingwhiskey.com.