What whiskey will not cure, there is no cure for
The only all female whiskey company in the world launches it’s first whiskey
The Chapel Gate Irish Whiskey Co., founded by Louise McGuane in 2015, has resurrected the lost art of Irish whiskey bonding under the JJ Corry brand name. The company is maturing whiskey in a purpose built bonded rackhouse on the McGuane family farm in Cooraclare, County Clare, Ireland.
Bonding, the practice of sourcing whiskey from third party distilleries, maturing it onsite until it is ready and then finishing or blending liquids to create a unique whiskey, was a once common way of producing whiskey in Ireland and bonders were often the publicans and grocers in local towns creating whiskey for their local clientele. The practice died out in the early 20th Century when the Irish whiskey industry collapsed and instead of selling to bonders, the few remaining distilleries in Ireland chose to control their route to market. “Bonding Irish whiskey was a lost art and business model which we have brought back to life,” Louise says. “We are the first whiskey bonder in Ireland in 50 years and are proud to have brought this way of making Irish whiskey back.”
“The Irish whiskey industry historically has been male dominated,” commented McGuane. “The gender of people who now drink whiskey has broadened, but the gender of those that produce it has not kept pace with this change. Women helping women is a powerful thing and in spite of all the progress made in the past few decades we still need to ensure our mutual success.”
As the company waits for their own Irish whiskey casks to come of age, they have sourced mature Irish whiskey from existing stocks in Ireland. With these casks they have created a series of unique and complex blends to build a future house style and flavour profile. J.J. Corry ‘The Gael’ is a clearly definable Irish whiskey with those fruit forward flavours that whiskey lovers look for in Irish whiskey, and is made with 5% 26-year-old single malt, 27.5% 11-year-old single malt, 27.5% 15-year-old single malt and the remaining 40% is 7-year-old single grain whiskey. The whiskey is available in 500ml for £60 and 750ml for £80, is bottled at 46% ABV, is non-chill filtered and has no artificial colour added.
The Gael is named after a bicycle that whiskey bonder J.J. Corry invented in the 1890s. J.J. Corry was born in the parish of Cooraclare, where the business is based, and he bonded and blended whiskey in his shop and pub at 63 Henry Street, Kilrush from the 1890’s until his death in 1932.
The first batch of 7,500 bottles is available on at Celtic Whiskey Shop.