Teeling Whiskey launches new 'Blackpitts', the first peated single malt distilled in Dublin

Leading Irish whiskey distillery Teeling is expanding its core portfolio of award-winning whiskeys with the launch of Teeling "Blackpitts Peated Single Malt." Following the "Single Pot Still," this is the second bottling from the distillery built in 2015 in the heart of Dublin and the first peated single malt whiskey from the Irish capital.

Teeling Blackpitts Peated Single Malt
© Borco-Marken-Import Matthiesen GmbH & Co. KG, Teeling Blackpitts Peated Single Malt
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The novelty will be offered by the Hanseatic family-owned company BORCO-MARKEN-IMPORT from 01 February 2021 for an RRP of 49.99 euros (0.7l) at selected retailers, department stores and the specialized trade in Germany.

Blackpitts brings an old Irish whiskey tradition to life
With the new bottling, the distillery continues its quest to put whiskey from Ireland back on the world stage. The groundbreaking international success of recent years shows: it succeeds! In doing so, the distillery is taking unconventional paths with experimental barrel finishes and production methods in order to exploit and further develop the flavor spectrum and the potential of the category.

Blackpitts thereby joins the limited range of Irish peated single malt whiskeys on the market. The bottling harks back to an age-old tradition of whiskey production in Dublin. At that time, the smoke produced by burning peat during the malting of barley was used. Using smoke to dry the barley during the malting process creates a peated whiskey with a smoky flavor profile.

This was a common practice in Ireland before coal was eventually used in the Irish whiskey industry.

The name of the bottling also harkens back to the flourishing past of Irish whiskey production. Blackpitts is the name of the area that lies behind today's Teeling distillery in the Newmarket district. At the time, the area was synonymous with a variety of businesses, including some of the largest barley malting operations in Ireland.

Triple distillation and maturation in Sauternes and bourbon casks.
Unlike peated whiskies from Scotland, which are traditionally double distilled, Teeling Blackpitts uses triple distillation - a practice for which Dublin-based distilleries were once famous around the world. Triple distillation in pot stills allows the smoky notes to come out better and reduces a "medicinal" character to the whiskey. The special distillation process is combined with Teeling Whiskey's signature innovative barrel aging process, which uses both ex-bourbon and ex-Sauternes white wine barrels. Aging in bourbon barrels develops smoky notes, while wine barrels bring out fruity notes. The choice of casks is inspired by the Teeling Whiskey 24 Years Old, which was named "World's Best Single Malt" at the prestigious "World Whiskies Awards" in 2019. After storage, the Blackpitts is bottled at 46% vol. without cold filtration.

For Jack Teeling, founder and managing director of Teeling Whiskey, the bottling is another milestone in the distillery's history: "When we re-founded Teeling Whiskey in 2012, our goal was to advance the selection and expression of Irish whiskey while reviving the art of distilling in the city of Dublin. With our new Blackpitts Peated Single Malt Whiskey, we have succeeded in doing both. The combination of the centuries-old malting process, which uses smoke from peat to dry the malted barley, and triple distillation at our Dublin distillery results in a very unique Teeling Whiskey. While this style is not for everyone, there are whiskey lovers who enjoy and seek out this unique smoky character. So it's only right that there is now a Teeling Whiskey that fulfills that desire. Rooted in history but with a truly modern approach, our new Blackpitts is truly unconventional Irish whiskey at its best."

Rounding out the enjoyment experience is a dark green bottle that relies on a screen-printed design, metallic label and urban typography. As such, the bottle's décor conveys an industrial feel, evoking the hustle and bustle of the Blackpitts area behind the current distillery.

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