J.J. Corry, the first whiskey bonder of the new renaissance of Irish whiskey, has released The Chosen, a 27 year-old single cask, single malt Irish whiskey, in collaboration with contemporary Irish design houses J. Hill’s Standard and John Galvin Design.
The Chosen is presented in 100 individually hand cut J. Hill’s Standard crystal decanters and hand carved ash wood cabinets fashioned by John Galvin Design. The Chosen will retail for £6,500 and is available internationally from Bordeaux Index, Fine & Rare and in Ireland at The Celtic Whiskey Shop.
Rich and elegant with notes of toffee, rancio, dried mango and chestnut. The palate of intensely ripe fruits is complimented by incense and an oily texture. The finish is long with just a touch of smoke. The whiskey is bottled at cask strength at 52%.
The design of the decanter and cabinet echoes the dune grass of the local beaches of the Wild Atlantic Way, home to J.J. Corry. Every crystal decanter is hand cut in Waterford by J. Hill’s Standard contemporary crystal design house founded by Anike Tyrell, while the ash wood cabinet is the creation of master craftsman John Galvin, a native of Cork. Both Irish design houses share a respect for traditional Irish crafts while interpreting them in a contemporary fashion.
Founder of J.J. Corry, Louise McGuane, commented: “The Chosen is a celebration of excellence in Irish whiskey and contemporary Irish design. Irish whiskey has not been celebrated for its quality and rarity, as perhaps other categories have. We have some of the finest mature stock of whiskey in the world and yet I feel the industry undersells itself. I wanted to change that. Our approach to making Irish whiskey celebrates tradition, embraces change and has the modern whiskey drinker front of mind. All of this is reflected in The Chosen.”
Louise added: “We are curators of casks and creators of individual whiskey flavours. We constantly source and taste, knowing the personality of each cask that we own. Every cask in our custom built rackhouse has a different story and destiny. Occasionally we come across such an exceptional cask that it merits its own unique release and this was the case with The Chosen. We waited until the cask reached its absolute peak of maturation before we released it.”
“The rugged landscape of Co. Clare where J.J. Corry matures and blends whiskey also boasts many important grasslands and is an internationally recognised habitat for wildlife. The bespoke grass-cut on the decanters and cabinets reflects the close bond between this special whiskey house and the environment in which it is perfected. It has been a great pleasure to be part of its realisation.”