Teeling Brabazon Series Fourth and Final Release
Teeling Whiskey released the first in a new series of limited edition Single Malts, entitled the Brabazon Series in 2017. This series reaffirms Teeling Whiskey’s continued dedication to creating new and interesting expressions of Irish whiskey and in particular, expanding the underdeveloped Irish Single Malt category.
Since 1782 the Teeling family have been crafting Irish whiskey. However 2015 marked the year a new generation of Teelings returned to their distilling roots in the Liberties area of Dublin City and specifically Newmarket. There is another family synonymous with this specific area of the city – the Brabazons. From the 16th to 19th century the Brabazon family presided over this area of the Liberties and it was William Brabazon, the third Earl of Meath, who was granted the right to establish the great trading square at Newmarket. This was the original industrial suburb of Dublin, with an extensive tradition of brewing, distilling, tanning, weaving and trade in agricultural produce. The mercantile character of the area attracted generations of tradesmen.
The area now known as The Liberties developed to the west of the Norman city of Dublin, along the main western approach known as the Sligh Mor. In the 12th century, a royal abbey was established in the townland of Donore and given extensive estates in counties Meath, Dublin and Wicklow, including an area of its own jurisdiction and certain privileges and entitlements to regulate trade and commerce within the ‘liberty’. And hence the name, The Liberties. At its height in the 15th century, the abbey would have formed one of the largest complexes in the city, with its main commercial throughfare – Thomas Street – lying to the north.
The Brabazon Family and No. 10 Mill Street in Newmarket Square
The Brabazon family name can be traced back to Jacques le Brabazon who was reported to be in the service of William the Conqueror in 1066. The name Brabazon meaning an inhabitant of the former province of Brabant, in Belgium.
With the dissolution of monasteries by King Henry VIII in the 16th century, the abbey’s lands passed into the ownership of Sir William Brabazon, an ambitious courtier of the king. The Brabazon family, who later became Earls of Meath, dominated the area as landowners for the next 300 years and different generations of the family were responsible for many of the urban developments we recognise today. The great market space at Newmarket was laid out in the 1620s by the second Earl of Meath and his townhouse was located closeby. A later earl supported some of the pioneering Victorian-era housing developments for the working class. Today, streetnames such as Meath Street, Brabazon Street and Ardee Street evoke the family connection.
From the 16th to 19th century the Brabazon family presided over this area of the Liberties and it was William Brabazon, the third Earl of Meath, who was granted the right to establish the great trading square at Newmarket. The Earl of Meath has been a title in the Peerage of Ireland created in 1627 and held by the head of the Brabazon family.
“Our new Irish Single Malt brings together two famous Dublin family names – the Teelings and the Brabazons. By making reference to the historical Brabazon name, we are telling the story of why our family first came to the Liberties area of Dublin. But more importantly we are telling the story of why we are here now. Our aim with the whiskey was to create a full bodied tasting experience for people who enjoy the added complexity and taste sherry casks impart, and at the same time continuing our goal to expand the spectrum of flavours available from premium Irish whiskeys.”Jack Teeling, Founder and Managing Director of Teeling Whiskey
The current – 15th – Earl of Meath (of Killruddery, County Wicklow), John Anthony Brabazon, who claims descent from Jacques le Brabazon. But there is another family synonymous with this specific area of the city, the Teelings. Stephen and Jack are the son’s of Irish Whiskey Legend John Teeling (founder of the Cooley and Great Northern Distillery’s) Their ancestor Walter Teeling set up a small craft distillery on Marrowbone Lane which he founded in 1782. The old distillery is close to New market Square the beating heart of the Liberties in Dublin City and where the two brothers started distilling in the family tradition in 2015. The first Dublin Distillery to operate in Dublin in over 50 years. You can read about their first Single Pot Still release here.
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Teeling Brabazon No.4 Whiskey Information:
Mashbill: Malted Barley
Cask: Bourbon & Sherry Casks
ABV: 49.5% – 99% Proof
Filtered: Non-Chill Filtered
Teeling Brabazon No.1 Single Malt Tasting Notes:
This new series focuses on creating a full flavoured experience that pays homage to the unique and distinct role that fortified wines can have on the taste of Irish whiskey. This first release in the Brabazon Bottling series focuses on the maturation effect of ex-sherry casks on the character and flavour of Irish Single Malt. By choosing a complementary range of vintages, sizes and styles of sherry cask matured Single Malt whiskey, the Brabazon Series No. 1 captures all the layers and aspects of flavour sherry casks can impart. The Brabazon Bottlings are bottled at 49.5% with no chill filtration allowing for all the natural flavours of this whiskey to be retained. Series No. 1 is limited to 12,500 bottles and is presented in a new premium distinctive embossed and debossed Teeling whiskey bottle, rounding off a truly unique Irish whiskey to savour.
Sherry sweetness, strawberry shortcake, vanilla, hazelnuts, toffee, dried dark fruit and hints of marzipan and fresh popcorn (not buttered).
Earthy dried fruit and roasted hazelnut, with marmalade, peach, plum and burnt toffee.
A rich sweetness comes to the forefront and sings of the quality of the Sherry Casks. You’ll discover a medley of mixed red berries and blackberries balanced with, toffee, strawberry shortcake, vanilla marshmallows, and dark 70% chocolate. There is an almond nuttiness that envelops your mouth, almost like almond butter that leave a oiliness on your palate. The sweet flavours fade in a dryness of cloves and light liquorice.
A long lingering finish with an abundance of mixed spice, dry tannin’s and spice with toasted wood. Think of charred marshmallow on an open fire and you’ll find it hard to share that memory. The final sip makes you salivate for more, it with this one for a while and the bottle will disappear before you know it.
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