JJ Corry Whiskey Tasting, with a gun, bicycle and a hat

Another tweet tasting and a fabulous one I can say. When opening the parcel there was one thing ….. that caught my eye. The labels are just fantastic on these wee little sample bottles. Look at the details of The Flintlock Gun, the Hanson hat and the Gael bicycle. Just love it!

J.J. Corry, was originally a whiskey bonder from the 1890’s until his death in 1932. Whiskey bonding was once a very common practice all over Ireland… ..This practice completely died in Ireland due to the collapse of the Irish whiskey industry and the few remaining distilleries that were left in Ireland at in the early 20th century cut off the bonders and the last one to shut their doors was Mitchell and Sons.

In 2016 J.J. Corry Irish Whiskey headed by Louise Mc Guane accepted their first casks into their farm and put them to rest in their bonded warehouse and became the first modern whiskey bonder in Ireland.

From all over the world, J.J. Corry Irish Whiskey source their whiskey and casks 100% transparently. Matching spirit to cask and laying them down to mature in their bonded rack house on their family farm in County Clare, Ireland. Around Ireland, J.J. Corry Irish Whiskey source whiskey from distilleries around Ireland. When sourcing new make, they particularly like to source from new independent distilleries.

The Tasting Notes

The Hanson / Batch 2 – 46%

  • Color: Very light
  • Nose: soft … apples, mandarin, rum cake, vanilla, ripe peach and a hint of grapefruit. Soft, but it hits you in the nose! some honey to and in the back, melted KitKat chocolate, raspberry and coconut?
  • Palate: Pep-perish, a lot of fruit, mandarin, grapefruit, lemon, a hint of passion fruit, hot spices, honey, vanilla
  • Finish: Lovely and tingling

A mellow and rich selection of Irish grain whiskeys bonded.

JJ Corry’s son in law was a Gauger for the Revenue. And his job was to tax Bonders. He was known in Kilrush as The Gauger Hanson so J.J. Corry Irish Whiskey named it after him! The Hanson Batch 2, is a blend of 4, 9 and 10 Year Old Irish grain whiskeys from different distilleries, which were matured in ex-bourbon barrels. Available from @MasterOfMalt for £49.95.

The Banner / Batch 3 – 46 %

  • Color: Pale gold
  • Nose: Get a lot of green apples, lemons, mango, soft pear cake with melted caramel, saltiness, white chocolate and cherries on top.
  • Palate: Strawberries covered in chocolate, Strawberries covered in chocolate , warm sweet, peach, apples, basil, fresh mango chopped in pieces and mixed with raisins, honey and vanilla
  • Finish: Sticky and warm

A blended Irish whiskey dedicated to the home county.

The Banner, is named in honour of J. J. Corry’s home county and is dedicated to their friends, neighbors and supporters in The Banner County. Irish Blended Whiskey. Available exclusively to specialist retailers in County Clare, Ireland. RRP €65.00.

The Gael / Batch 3 – 46%

  • Color: Pale gold
  • Nose: Very rich, peach, a mixture of lemon and cucumber, walnuts, vanilla, honey, ginger, grassy smell after the rain, brown sugar, toffee, menthol and banana
  • Palate: sharp, strong, loads of red fruit, like strawberries, raspberries, pears, white chocolate combined with almonds, mango, walnuts, grassy and a mixture of the lemon and honey
  • Finish: Warm and lingering

This blend is comprised of 50% grain and 40% malt

Named after a Bicycle J.J. Corry invented, this is a stunning blend comprised of: 50% Grain: 10 yr old and 4 yr old – ex-bourbon cask: 50% Malt: 14 yr old and 18 yr old – ex-bourbon cask and 29 yr old – ex sherry cask. The Gael Batch 3, is named after a bicycle invented by J.J. Corry. Now into its third batch, this is the brands flagship release. Available from irishmalts.com for £76.95.

The Flintlock  / Batch 2 – 46%

  • Color: Mellow gold
  • Nose: Lemon, sultana’s, marzipan, lavender fields, salty rocks, fresh air, red apples, caramel, cinnamon, just an explosion of smells really and chocolate with different kind of nuts in it.
  • Palate: Cigar box, spices, cinnamon, pepper with a sweet tone of raspberries, marzipan, red chopped apples … peaches and mint leafs.
  • Finish: Sweet and mellow

A single malt

The name comes from an antique flintlock pistol discovered by the Chapel Gate team when refurbishing their warehouse! The Flintlock Batch 2, has been produced using three single malt ex-bourbon casks, from the same distillery. The whiskeys which were aged for 14 and 18 years, were chosen based on their unique flavor profile and attributes. Available at @MasterOfMalt and @WhiskyExchange RRP: £145.00.

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