A new website has launched that allows users to create and bottle their own unique Irish whiskey blend.

The Whiskey Gift launched on Friday 1st May and users can blend their own drink by choosing from a number of flavour notes to mix their own 70 cl bottle, and to personalise the label.  Cork publican Ernest Cantillon is behind the initiative.

Each order is received at The Whiskey Lab, next to Sober Lane Bar on O’Sullivan’s Quay, Cork, and mixed by hand. The label is personalised to the customer’s order and can be shipped to anywhere in Ireland, or internationally.

Cork publican and entrepreneur Ernest Cantillon said: “In preparation for the launch of my own whiskey brand coming later this year, I have spent the past four years immersed in all things whiskey and have learned a lot about it. I was instantly fascinated by the process of whiskey blending, it’s both scientific and traditional. People can become obsessed with the age of whiskey and the higher the price the older you go, but I think there is something special about taking the adventure of whiskey blending. You could start with two or three pleasant, but relatively standard, whiskeys and when blended in the right quantities it can be transformative, unlocking tastes and scents that were not apparent in the initial liquids.

Some of the world’s best-selling whiskeys are blends but until now, very few people have had the opportunity to blend whiskey themselves. Adapting to the new world we live and with the help of an old friend who heads up international e-commerce company NitroSell, we brought the process online. I don’t believe anywhere else offers this level of customisation to one’s own Irish whiskey.

We are delighted to make that accessible to everyone and help spread the good word about Irish Whiskey around the world.”

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