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The Palace Bar Fourth Estate Single Malt Irish Whiskey

2nd October 2013
Teeling Whiskey Company & The Palace Bar partner to revive Dublin whiskey bonder tradition.

Teeling Whiskey Company, the leading independent Irish whiskey company, has partnered with the well-known Palace Bar on Fleet Street in Dublin to launch The Palace Bar ďFourth Estateď Single Malt Irish Whiskey.

The Palace Bar release is the latest in a range of collaborations by the Teeling Whiskey Company. It is the first release in a series of releases of Irish whiskey created exclusively for The Palace Bar.

Owned by the Aherne family since 1946, the iconic Palace Bar used to bottle their own whiskey under the Palace Bar brand Ė this was a commonplace practice among Dublin pubs throughout the 1940, 50ís and 60ís. However, with the development of on-site distillery bottling, this practice disappeared from Dublin in the 1970ís only to be resurrected by The Palace Bar.

The Palace Bar has since the 1940ís played host to some of Irelandís finest literary wordsmiths, coined the Fourth Estate by the essayist Edmund Burke in 1787 to illustrate the influential power of the scribe on society. With three of the nationís great newspaper titles published scarcely a whiskey casks distance from Fleet Street, The Palace Bar became the social home for writers, poets, newsmen and correspondents.

As depicted on the front label from Alan Reeves 1940 illustration, this Fourth Estate Batch No. 1, in a new Historic Series of unique bottlings created exclusively for The Palace Bar, pays homage to the literary and journalistic melee that gathered beneath the stained glass windows of the Palace Barís back lounge.

The Palace Barís Willie Aherne, commented, "You can't beat tradition Ė To have my Father and myself hand bottle and label our own whiskey, something my grandfather would have done in the Palace was really a special moment. This was an amazing project to work on with an Irish family owned whiskey company working with an Irish family run pub."

This limited edition of 1,000 bottles consists a combination of hand selected casks by Willie Aherne and Patrons of the Palace Bar and includes whiskey over 21 years old. Hand-bottled and labeled by the Aherne family at 46% with no chill-filtration allows all the true flavours of the whiskey to be retained. From its robust nose to its fully balanced array of flavours it celebrates all that is good about Irish whiskey.

Jack Teeling of the Teeling Whiskey Company commented "We are delighted to be able to work with the Palace and the Aherne family on reviving the lost tradition of Whiskey Bonders in Dublin. The Palace has been at the forefront in recent years in promoting and providing a showcase for all Irish whiskeys. We are proud to be able to work with them on releasing such a unique Irish whiskey at a time of great interest in the category".

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