13 March 2019

JJ Corry Irish Whiskey Tweet Tasting


Continuing our teeming throng of industry leading, Twitter trending Tweet Tastings, we’re absolutely thrilled to announce that on April 17th, we’ll be teaming up with the Chapel Gate Irish Whiskey Co, to pour and explore a trio of expressions from their multi award-winning JJ Corry whiskey brand.
 
Founded in 2015 by Louise McGuane, who has resurrected the lost art of Irish whiskey bonding under the JJ Corry brand name. The Chapel Gate Irish Whiskey Co, is maturing whiskey in a purpose built bonded rackhouse on the McGuane family farm in Cooraclare, County Clare, on the West Coast of Ireland.
 
In addition to sharing, sipping and savouring JJ Corry’s rather dram epic, inaugural ‘The Gael’ blended whiskey expression, we’ll also be uncovering and discovering two other dramming ditties, but for now details of these are on a hush, hush, mums the word, all will be revealed in good time basis!
 
If you would like to take part on what promises to be an epic evening of Irish whiskey dramfotainment click here to register your details by emailing your name, postal address, Twitter handle and age confirmation. Please also remember to mark the subject line: #JJCorryWhiskey
 
The closing date to register is March 29th, and if you are registering please make sure that you will actually be free on the evening of April 17th to take part!
 
Even if you're not one of the selected Tweet Tasters, it'd be great to have you following all the evening’s dramfotainment. So we look forward to seeing you over on Twitter, on April 17th at 19:00 BST via #JJCorryWhiskey
 
Registration open to over 21's only!
 
For more info on JJ Corry, visit: chapelgatewhiskey.com
 
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 Be part of the dramfotainment!

11 March 2019

Whisky Insiders Interview - Louise McGuane



Company:
JJ Corry Irish Whiskey

Job:
Founder & CEO

Website:
jjcorry.com




How long have you been working in the whisk(e)y industry?
I’ve been working in the drinks industry over 20 years, but with whiskey specifically for about 12 years.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?
Quitting my job at Diageo and resurrecting the lost art of Irish Whiskey Bonding.

Can you remember your first dram, and indeed what it was?
Yes, the first one I vividly remember was Glenmorangie, when I was working for LVMH. We were at the Brand Home in the great hall, surrounded by African hunting trophies listening to the history of the place. An incredible moment.

What does whisk(e)y mean to you?
Whiskey is basically my entire life. As a whiskey entrepreneur running an independent start-up it can’t be any other way. It’s what I think of before I go to bed at night, it’s what I dream about when I’m asleep and it’s the first thing on my mind when I wake up. It’s a total obsession.

Where would you like to see yourself in five years’ time?
I’d like to have four or five rack house’s full of maturing whiskey on the farm, an expanded blending room with lot more cool kit and a Napa Valley Style tasting room in my local village creating high quality employment locally. I also want to have expanded our global footprint to all the key markets where Irish Whiskey in in growth.

What was your last dram?
It was a 1991 sherry cask single malt - a very rare Irish whiskey, that I shared with some new customers.

Do you have a favourite whisky and food pairing combination?
In County Clare where we are based, we have some amazing food producers. We’ve played around with smoked salmon gravlax cured with new make and it’s pretty delicious. Best served up with soda bread heaped in locally made butter and a glass of The Gael.

What’s your favourite time and place to enjoy a dram?
Late night unwinding after a long day, sitting on the couch with my husband and my dog Ruby snuggled in.

What do you think is going to be the next big thing on the whisky horizon?
Irish will continue to rise and the new Independent distilleries emerging will begin doing really interesting things outside of the Technical File. The Highball serve will break out of Japan where it’s a powerhouse and become a lot more popular elsewhere. I think English Whiskey has a bright future too.

What’s the one dram you couldn’t live without?
I have a 28 year old, sherry cask in my rack house on the farm. It’s one of the first casks we sourced, and I now consider it to be a very good friend of mine.  I honestly don’t think I am ever going to sell it, we will simply grow older together.

Many thanks to Louise McGuane. Who will be our next Whisky Insider? Click back soon to find out!

8 March 2019

Jameson Irish Whiskey Competition


What better bottle give-way could there be in the month that features St Patrick’s Day, than the biggest selling Irish whiskey, from the world’s leading Irish whiskey brand: Jameson.

Not only are we giving away four bottles of Jameson, but they also just happen to be their dramspankingly new look bottles, which feature a subtly new and evolved textured label and design.

The iconic green Jameson bottle that is known around the world today was first introduced in 1968, when bottling was brought in-house at the Bow Street Distillery, as the era of whiskey bonding came to an end.

The refreshed label is said to reinterpret key elements of the design – most notably the Jameson family crest – while still retaining the most recognisable features to create a more timeless and cohesive look.

To be in with a chance of winning a bottle of the new look Jameson Irish Whiskey click here to email us your contact details along with the phrase that dramming pays:

“I’d love to sip and serve a drop of the
vivacious and versatile Irish dramming ditty, that is the joyous and jubilant Jameson!”

*Remember to mark the subject line of your email with: Jameson Comp

If you’re on Twitter, you can also follow us via @TheWhiskyWire and RT one of our related competition tweets for another chance to win!

For more info on Jameson, visit: jamesonirishwhiskey.com
 
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Competition closes at 23:59 on March 31st 2019. You have to be aged 21 years or over to enter!
 
Good Luck!