Sunday February 23, 2020

The Sunday interview: John Teeling, owner of the great Northern Distillery

John Teeling – successful distiller, explorer for natural resources and libertarian – is planning a big party in 2021 to celebrate Irish whiskey outselling Scotch worldwide. But he says the capitalism that has been good to him has become unbalanced, and the wealth is not trickling down to the economy in general

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer

29th December, 2019
John Teeling believes that capitalism is in trouble. Picture: Barry Cronin

“Capitalism is in trouble.” John Teeling offers this observation in his typical fashion: blunt, matter of fact, yet full of conviction.

We’re in his boardroom at 162 Clontarf Road, headquarters of the 162 Group, his long-time investment vehicle, where he is surrounded by bottles of whiskey — some new, some very old — and lumps of rock, symbols of the group’s twin investment focus of whiskey and natural resources.

His observation...

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