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The Gael

J.J. Corry 'The gael' our first blended irish whiskey release aWARDED gOLD mEDAL IN 2017 iRISH wHISKEY aWARDS & sAN FRANCISCO WORLD SPIRITS AWARDS

Named after a Bicycle J.J. Corry invented, Our first release The Gael took us just about two years to develop. First we sourced excellent quality and very rare mature Irish Whiskey. Then we set about classifying each cask we have into a particular flavour block. Finally we began blending to create a Classic Irish Whiskey, one bursting with juicy fruit flavours. The Gael has not spent any time on our farm, rather it is our first attempt at beginning to express the house style of whiskey we would like to make in the coming years, once our own stock is mature. Our first batch is only 7000 bottles.

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Gold medal winner san francisco world spirits awards 2018: Blended Irish whiskey category

GOLD MEDAL WINNER IRISH WHISKEY AWARDS 2017: Blended Irish Whiskey over 60 euros category


On the nose: an initial hit of ripe bananas; orange marmalade; lime cordial; delicate wood notes throughout; lemon meringue pie; pencil sharpenings – very slight to start then emerge stronger but are never overwhelming; subtle hint of almonds; slight hint of coconut which grows the longer it’s in the glass.

In the mouth: a slightly oily texture; a slight burst of pepper; fruit emerges with tinned mandarins followed by lime juice; lemon bonbons; gooseberries; the oak influence is apparent but, again, not overwhelming; Juicy Fruit chewing gum; heading into the finish there are chocolate covered raisins; it becomes slightly drying which contrasts with the fruity sweetness adding an extra layer of complexity.


Jonny McCormick-Whisky Advocate march 2018

"Chapel Gate whiskey aims to resurrect the lost art of the Irish whiskey bond. This delicious debut is built around parcels of aged single malt and grain sourced from County Louth. Fresh hay, floral blossoms, comb honey, dry spice, oak, a crate of whole lemons, and growing spices. Lemon sherbet, clean vanilla, and a peppery grunt resolve flavors of rich barley sugar and a hot pepper finish"90 points

Martin Moran The Sunday Times "A Complex array of fruit and spice aromas with malt honey and citrus to the fore plus a long smooth finish" 92 points

@WhiskeyJason: "Probably the Best Irish I have had in my Glass"



"Lovely silky texture, with those citrus notes broadening out into lemon meringue pie with hints of cinnamon. Now it starts to build, gaining power and pace to reach a darker, spicier place where all that citric lift is forgotten. Towards the end, buttery popcorn, then sweet mushed banana and coconut."




The Blend

The Gael is a 60% Malt 40% Grain blend, and is a blend of some of the Oldest Whiskies we have in stock. It is comprised of:

5% 26 Year Old Single Malt Ex-Sherry Butt

27.5% 11 Year Old Single Malt

27.5% 15 Year Old Single Malt

40% 7 Year Old Single Grain 

Tasting Notes


Hints of fresh bergamot & beeswax


Ripe white stone fruit & lime, with minerality & pink pepper corns


Medium length, minerals again with dried grapefruit & apple notes


The Flintlock 16 Year Old Single Malt Limited Edition

J.J. Corry 'The Flintlock’ won Best Irish Single Malt over 13 years old in the Irish Whiskey Awards 2018. A limited edition of 400 bottles is due for release in November.

The Flintlock is a blend of three partially disgorged ex bourbon 16 year old single malt casks each specially chosen for their individual flavor profiles. It is our first small scale true Bonder’s Blend. It will be released in November 2018 in a very limited quantity of 400 bottles.

Nose: Sweet and light coconut ice cream with hing of lemon. In time some clover honey

Palate: Sweet start with mid palate Peachiness

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The Blend

The Flintlock is 100% 16 Year Old Single Malt from Ex-Bourbon Casks

33.3% No. 11233 16 Year Old Single Malt

33.3% from Cask No. 11221 16 Year Old Single Malt

33.3% Cask No. 11197 16 Year Old Single Malt

Tasting Notes


Sweet and light coconut ice cream with hing of lemon. In time some clover honey


Sweet start with mid-palate peachiness


Where to Buy Our Whiskey



Buy Online 

Gold Medal Winning JJ Corry "The Gael" is now available to buy online at The Celtic Whiskey Shop and The Whisky Exchange both of whom ship internationally and in Germany at IrishWhiskey.de   Caskers.com delivers to 22 US States. Click on the links to order for direct delivery.





Fairway Wines & Spirits, Stamford

Peter's Spirit Shop, Weston

Fairfield Wines & Spirits, Fairfield

Harry's Wine & Liquor Market, Fairfield

Old Greenwich Wine Merchant, Old Greenwich

Val's Buy-Rite,  Greenwich

Darien Discount W&S, Darien

Oxford Liquors, Manchester

CT Beverage Mart, New Britain

Max Wine & Spirits, Danbury

Gulliver's Wine & Liquor, Danbury

Ridgefield Wine & Spirits, Ridgefield

No. 109 Cheese and Wine, Ridgefield

Rowayton Wine & Spirits, Rowayton

Walrus & Carpenter, Bridgeport

The Cork Fine Wine & Spirits, Torrington

Total Wine & More, Norwalk & Manchester

Graybarns on the Silvermine River, Norwalk 

Warehouse Wines & Liquors, Southbury & Danbury

Lake Wine & Spirits, Southbury 

Vino Et Al W&L, Southbury

West Side Spirits, Southington

Super Cellar Warehouse Liquors, Avon

Fitzspirits, Guilford

One Stop Spirit Shop, Glastonbury

Five Corners Wine & Spirits, Ellington

Happy Harry's Wine and Liquor, West Haven, Hamden & Bristol

Honey Farms Wine & Liquors, Hamden

Wine Merchants, Hamden

Meadowbrook W&S, Coventry

Villa Spirit Shoppe, Storrs

Spirit Shop, Mansfield

Cellar on 85, Colchester

M & R Package Store

Bombadil's Spirit Shop, Mansfield Center

Litchfield Hills Wine Market, Litchfield 

Kent Wine & Spirit, Kent 

Ruby's Fine Wine & Liquor, Stafford Springs

Mountain Road Wine & Liquor, Seymour

Yankee Wine & Spirits, Newtown

Liquor Cabinet, Granby

Cork and Barrel, Hamden

Turnpike Spirit Shop, Fairfield

Ninety 9 Bottles, Trumbull, Norwalk & Westport

Liquor Super Store, Watertown 


Bars and Restaurants:

Pearl Restaurant & Bar, Westport 

Rothbard Ale + Lager, Westport

Hudson Grille, Fairfield

Cask Republic, South Norwalk

Little River Restoratives, Hartford 

The North House Restaurant, Avon

Foundry Kitchen & Tavern, Sandy Hook

Shuttle Meadow Country Club, Kensington

Fife & Drum Restaurant & Inn, Kent

Arethusa al Tavolo, Bantam

Michael's Trattoria, Wallingford

My Place, Newtown

Milestone Inn, Naugatuck




Federal Wine & Spirits

Lighthouse Liquors

Seven Hills Wine & Spirits

Gary’s Liquor

Yankee Spirits, (Norwood, Sturbridge, Swansea, Attleboro)

Julio’s Liquors, Westborough

Bars and Restaurants:

Sláinte Irish Pub, New Bedford

Matt Murphy’s Pub, Brookline

Cohasset Golf Club, Cohasset

Lake George Tavern, Wales

Steward’s Seafood Restaurant & Tavern, North Eastham

Sly Fox Tavern, Quincy

Stoddards Fine Food & Ale, Boston



Ambassador Wines & Spirits, Manhattan

City Wine Gallery, Manhattan

120 West 58th Street Wine and Liquor, Manhattan

Gramercy Wine & Spirits, Manhattan

Vino Fine Wine & Spirits, Manhattan

Bottle Rocket, Manhatttan

Chelsea Wine Vault, Manhattan

Heights Chateau Wine Store, Brooklyn Heights

Sun Hing Liquors, Brooklyn

Shawn’s Wine & Spirits, Brooklyn

Francis Wines & Spirits, Flushing (Queens)

Fairway Wines & Spirits, Westchester

Cask Fine & Rare Wines, Westchester

Vine & Co, Westchester

Mora’s Wine & Liquour, East Setauket (Suffolk)

McNamara Liquors, Bridgehampton (Suffolk)

Shelter Island Wine & Spirits, Shelter Island (Hamptons)

Vintage Mattituck, Mattituck (Hamptons)

Water Street Wine & Spirits, Sag Harbor (Hamptons)


Bars and Restaurants:

American Whiskey, Manhattan

Library of Distilled Spirits, Manhattan

Dead Rabbit, Manhattan

Fraunces Tavern, Manhattan

Ward III, Manhattan

Malt House FiDi, Manhattan

Drexler’s, Manhattan

Town Stages, Manhattan

Lexington Bar & Books, Manhattan

Hudson Bar & Books, Manhattan

Maysville, Manhattan

Stout FiDi, Manhattan

Giorgio's of Grammercy, Manhattan

On The Rocks, Manhattan

Nittis, Manhattan

Pig Bleecker, Manhattan

Circa Brewing Co., Brooklyn

Pig Beach, Brooklyn 

Travel Bar, Brooklyn

Diner, Brooklyn

The Craic, Brooklyn

Passage, Astoria

Corry's Ale House, Wantagh (Nassau)

North Hempstead Country Club, Port Washington (Nassau)

Smith’s, East Rockaway



Jax Package Store 2754 E College Ave, Decatur, GA 30030

JP’s Spirits, 3304 Glynn Avenue, Brunswick, GA 315204405

Loganville Package Store, 3967 Atlanta Hwy, Loganville, GA 30052

Branded Barrel, 735 Pleasant Hill Road, Lilburn, GA 30047

Dekalb Bottle House, 3111 Briarcliff Rd, Atlanta, GA 30329

Smyrna World of Beverage, 4474 S. Cobb Drive Se, Smyrna, GA 30080

Macs Midtown Liquors, 21a Peachtree Place, Atlanta, GA 30309

The Wine Store, 8455 Holcomb Bridge Road, Johns Creek, GA 300225318

Decatur Wine & Spirits, 1789 Lawrenceville Hwy, Decatur, GA 300335612

Tuxedo Wine & Spirits, 3655 Roswell Rd, Atlanta, GA 30342

Peachtree Road Liquor, 1895 Peachtree Road Ne, Atlanta, GA 303091524

Bullocks Wine & Spirits, 1050 Buckhead Xing, Woodstock, GA 301894878

Holeman & Finch Bottle Shop, 2357 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, Ga 30305

Bars & Restaurants:

East Lake Golf Club, 2575 Alston Drive Se, Atlanta, GA 30317

1910 Public House, 107 Main Street Nw, Lilburn, GA 30047

King and Duke, 3060 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA 30305

Graft, 516 Grayson Parkway, Grayson, GA 30017

Spoon Eastside, 749 Moreland Ave Suite C105, Atlanta, GA 30316

Capital Grille, 255 E Paces Ferry Road Ne, Atlanta, GA 303052209

American Cut, 3035 Peachtree Rd Ne, Atlanta, GA 30305



B&B Package Store, Kingsport

Grapevine Wines & Spirits, Brentwood

Maryland Farms Wines & Spirit, Brentwood

One Stop Wines & Spirits, Johnson City

Towne Square Package Store, Greeneville

McScrooge's Wine & Spirits, Knoxville

Midtown Wine & Spirits, Nashville


Bars & Restaurants:

Label, Johnson City

Mickey's Tavern, Nashville

The Cat Bird Seat, Nashville




The Flintlock - US Stockists (so far):

New York

Gramercy W&S

Ambassador W&S

Travel Bar Brooklyn

Dead Rabbit


Big Al’s Liquor Store, Powder Springs

Hops Grain & Vine, Marietta

Leon’s Full Service, Decatur

Dantanna’s, Buckhead

Boxcar at Hop City, Atlant,

Vintage Bottle Shop, Acworth


Federal Wine & Spirits

Kappy’s Medford


The Flintlock - US Stockists:

New York

Gramercy W&S

Ambassador W&S

Travel Bar Brooklyn

Dead Rabbit


Big Al’s Liquor Store, Powder Springs

Hops Grain & Vine, Marietta

Leon’s Full Service, Decatur

Dantanna’s, Buckhead

Boxcar at Hop City, Atlant,

Vintage Bottle Shop, Acworth


Federal Wine & Spirits

Kappy’s Medford


Midtown W&S




Midtown Brewhouse

In December 2016 we welcomed our First whiskey casks FOr bonding to our Family Farm in County Clare right on the wild atlantic way.

Watch Our First  Batch Of Whiskey Go Into Cask Before we Welcomed it to County Clare 

Resurrecting the Lost Art of Irish Whiskey Bonding

Former Whiskey Bonders Now Pubs

Former Whiskey Bonders Now Pubs

Our vision is to emulate the conditions of  ageing used by whiskey bonders of old whilst applying modern day know-how and thereby resurrect many of the lost flavours of Independent Irish Whiskey and to bring them to market for the modern whiskey drinker.

There was a time when every town in Ireland had its own particular flavour of whiskey. The Golden Age of Irish whiskey saw hundreds of distilleries operating on the Island of Ireland. There were not many brands of Whiskey at that time, rather most distilleries simply made their whiskey and sold it wholesale to grocers for bonding.. These grocers would travel to their local distillery with their barrels, have them filled up with new make whiskey and then cart them home and store them for ageing or blending. Because so much of whiskeys' flavour comes from the barrel it is aged in and the climate where that barrel is stored, this meant that there was huge variety of regional flavours within Irish Whiskey. The Irish Whiskey industry collapsed in the early 1900's and with it came the closure of all but 4 distilleries in Ireland. Those distilleries owned by multinational organisations have made almost all the Irish Whiskey produced ever since. They created individual whiskey brands and turned off the tap to Grocers thereby shutting down the practice of Whiskey Bonding.


Lost Irish Whiskey Brands

Lost Irish Whiskey Brands

The end of bonding meant the end of true flavour variety in Irish Whiskey. It also meant the end of independence and the great variety that once existed in Irish Whiskey has been lost for over 100 years. We want to be a part of changing all that. Taking inspiration from the enterprising Whiskey Bonders of the 1800's we are resurrecting their business model for the 21st century. We are applying modern day know how to create the highest quality whiskey  for the modern drinker.

Who Was J. J. Corry?


When we set out to understand the methodologies of Whiskey Bonders of the 1800's we didn't have to look too far. Only 3 miles away from our farm was once a renowned whiskey bonder called J.J. Corry.  J.J. was an innovator and a man before his time. His little shop at 63 Henry St. Kilrush was a key part of the local community and the only place where you could buy J.J.'s pride whiskey "Corry's Special Malt." It was available by the glass for 3 Pennies or by the Jar.


A Man Before His Time

J.J. was a true entrepreneur and innovator, born on a farm close to our brand home,  because he was not the first born son he was forced to make this own way in the world. We know that he dabbled in auctioneering before he set up this shop in 1890. Once he did acquire the premises and after marrying the girl from the pub next door, he immediately set about setting up his own brand. The town of Kilrush was a busy international port in the 1890s and J.J. would have purchased goods from all over the world directly from the Ship's Captains' fresh from their travels. He sold tea from India, Rum from the Caribbean, Wine from France, Port from Portugal in addition to Guns, Ammunition and Bicycles. A true Renascence man J.J. was a pillar of the community and an early adaptor of technology. He even went so far as to invent a Bicycle called 'The Gael' in the 1890s.  But most of all he was known for his hospitality and of course his  whiskey..

An Original J.J. Corry Label

80% of Whiskey's Flavour Comes from the Barrel It is Aged in and the Climate Where That Barrel Is Stored


Our approach to ageing, just like our approach to farming, is to work hand in hand with Nature. The Irish weather is renowned for its unpredictability and tendency to change. Its common here on the west coast of Ireland to experience four seasons in one day. Our farm right on the Wild Atlantic Way where our first Rackhouse is located has its own unique microclimate. Only one mile "as the crow flies" from the Atlantic Ocean the air is tinged with brine and the temperature can fluctuate wildly throughout the day. Not so great for a biking holiday but fantastic for ageing Whiskey. We won't know for a few years just how our whiskey is going to be, but we are willing to wait. 

                                                     Our Purpose Build Rackhouse on our Family Farm in West Clare Right on The Wild Atlantic Way

                                                     Our Purpose Build Rackhouse on our Family Farm in West Clare Right on The Wild Atlantic Way

A Fine Summers' Day on the Farm

A Fine Summers' Day on the Farm

A Misty Winters' Morning on the Farm

A Misty Winters' Morning on the Farm

Our Purpose Built Whiskey Rackhouse on The Wild Atlantic Way  is the Only One of Its Kind in Ireland

Our Bonded Rackhouse is the only one of its kind in Ireland. It is styled after a traditional Dunnage house but also takes inspiration from Kentucky and France. It has a southerly facing aspect and windows ensuring that the temperature allows for continuous maturation. The floor is nothing but earth with a gravel screed. This promotes humidity in the Rackhouse. It is small in scale ensuring that the sleeping whiskey benefits from the wild fluctuations in barometric pressure and temperature we have in this little micro climate. We hand rack all of our casks on the Bilge, which means on their sides. This is a practice that has totally died out in Ireland, multinationals choose to vertically pallet their whiskey as its makes  better economic sense. We believe that our whiskey will benefit from the extra contact with BOTH heads of the barrel allowing for deeper flavour extraction from the wood. Only time will tell. We have to wait a few years to see if we are right, but we think it will be worth the wait. 

Our Rackhouse is Located on the McGuane family farm right on the Wild Atlantic Way. These are our casks arriving before being racked. 

Our Rackhouse is Located on the McGuane family farm right on the Wild Atlantic Way. These are our casks arriving before being racked. 


We choose to rack on the Bilge because we think the Whiskey benefits from additional contact with both heads of the barrel. 

All of our casks are Racked by Hand 

All of our casks are Racked by Hand 

A Special Place Steeped in Legend and History

P.J. Mc Guane Still Farms the Land Today

P.J. Mc Guane Still Farms the Land Today

Our business is based on the McGuane family farm, located on the Wild West Coast of Ireland in the beautiful county Clare. The farm has been in the McGuane family for generations and is still farmed today by P.J. our founder's father. We keep a herd of 50 dairy cows and about 30 cattle depending on how good a year it is.

Peat Bog & Faerie Folk

The farm boasts not only its own Peat Bog, which we have great future plans for, but also plays host to what is known locally as a "Fairy Fort." This mystic earth mounds found all over County Clare are said to be the dwelling places of the 'Little Folk.' We like to think that they will keep a watchful eye over our sleeping whiskey.

A Fairy Fort

A Fairy Fort


Independence Has Always Mattered Here

We know from family legend that the farm was known as a safe haven for Rebels and Freedom Fighters during Ireland's turbulent past. This was confirmed when, during a renovation, we found a FlinkLock Pistol, hidden in the rafters of our barn. It does not seem that the weapon was ever needed and it was long forgotten, we have had it dated to 1790!

Our FlintLock Pistol discovered in 2012

Our FlintLock Pistol discovered in 2012

A Drinks Industry Veteran But a Farmer's Daughter at Heart

Louise and Ruby the Whiskey Dog On Her Family Farm In County Clare 

Louise and Ruby the Whiskey Dog On Her Family Farm In County Clare 

My name is Louise McGuane and I left my home in Ireland 20 years ago, my subsequent career in the drinks industry took me all over the world and I have been lucky to live and work in New York, Paris, London and Singapore. In those 20 years I worked and learned from some of the best in global multinational drinks companies Diageo, Pernod Ricard and Moet Hennessey. I know the drinks industry inside out and it truly is my passion.

After marrying my husband in 2012 I was soon faced with a tough decision. I was no longer able to leap from country to country every 3 years or travel 80% of the time on business so, I decided to walk away from my global corporate career. I took a little time off and spent it back home in Ireland. During that time I watched my 74 year old father & mother continue to work the farm as they had always done in the knowledge their neither my brother nor I would farm it after they were gone. The Irish have a particular connection to the land and I felt a duty to secure the future of the family farm. I am certainly not the farmer that my father is, so I decided to use my established skill set and so, I founded The Chapel Gate Irish Whiskey Company. After all, Irish Whiskey is ultimately an agricultural product, so why not ensure a future for the farm for the next generation by finishing and ageing whiskey in the very special place.

For the Full Irish Examiner Article  CLICK HERE

For the Full Irish Examiner Article CLICK HERE





We Are Hiring 


Part Time 15-20 Hours Per Week Location: Cooraclare, Co. Clare

About the Company. The Chapel Gate Irish Whiskey Co. was founded in 2015. It is Ireland’s only Whiskey Bonder maturing and blending whiskey on site in West Clare. The company produces award winning JJ CORRY whiskey and is export focused. The company began exporting to USA, Germany and the UK in Sept. 2017 and is currently in seeding phase. A lean organisation the company operates as a modern start-up with an entrepreneurial spirit. Our team is spread between 3 countries and we use several Apps to streamline communication and workflow. It is an exciting time to join the business as we gear up to build an onsite Blending & Bottling Facility and to open a small-scale Luxury Tourist offering in Summer 2018. The company has an on-site guest house used for hosting events and VIP customers. For more information please see www.jjcorry.com

Role Requirements

·It is an absolute necessity that the candidate for this role has computer and internet proficiency.  Experience with and aptitude for Microsoft Word, including generating Excel, Powerpoint, and Word documents is a must. Knowledge of social media and capability of posting to same is necessary. Candidate must be able to communicate via SKYPE and use online Apps to register and log deliveries. Basic training will be given to use new Apps, but not on general PC usage.

·  This role will only suit a flexible self-starter who understands that at this early stage in the business responsibilities are liable to change. The definition of this role is likely to evolve over time.

·  Must be able to lift and move 12 Kilos (a case of whiskey)

·  Must have own transport for site access



·        Arrange for and log deliveries On site & Off site

·        Log Alcohol Deliveries via Online Revenue System (Training & support will be provided)

·        Raise invoices via online system (Instruction will be provided)

·        Chase customers for outstanding invoices

·        Wrap & Mail samples to Journalists, Bloggers etc.

·        Respond to general email enquiries

·        Digitise PR coverage and keep track of same

·        General Filing of invoices, bills etc.

·        Upload photos to social media accounts

·        Create and manage contact lists, accounts lists etc.

·        Manage and maintain Dropbox account

·        Arrange and coordinate conference calls and meetings

Site Management

·        Provide site access to occasional visitors, tradesmen, consumers and customers

·        Give short informational tours occasionally around Whiskey Rackhouse (training provided)

·        Assist with coordination of special events & VIP parties

·        Manage on site guest house

o   Coordinate cleaning and upkeep with 3rd parties

o   Troubleshoot any issues

o   Provide House access when necessary to guests tradesmen etc.

o   Act as on-the-ground contact for guests


The Chapel Gate Irish Whiskey Co. is an equal opportunity employer. All Applications Considered


Please send your CV & a Short Cover Letter to: Admin@ChapelGateDistillery.Com