It’s richly ironic that, when it comes to top quality rare whiskies, consumers are spoiled for choice when it comes to what to grace their drinks cabinets with this Christmas. Our recommendation? The Chosen, a 27-Year-Old Single Cask, Single Malt Irish Whiskey by Ireland’s first modern Whiskey Bonder, J.J. Corry, just launched in a collaboration with contemporary Irish design houses, J. Hill’s Standard and John Galvin Design.
The individually hand-cut J. Hill’s Standard crystal decanters and hand carved ash wood cabinets in which the whiskey is presented echo the dune grass of the local beaches of the Wild Atlantic Way, home to J.J. Corry Irish Whiskey. The delectable whiskey within, meanwhile, is elegantly nuanced, with notes of toffee, rancio, dried mango and chestnut; this palate of intensely ripe fruits is complemented by incense and a luscious oily texture, and a long, slightly smoky finish. It’s bottled at cask strength at 52 per cent.
“The Chosen is a celebration of excellence in Irish Whiskey and contemporary Irish design,” says Louise McGuane, founder of J.J. Corry Irish Whiskey. “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.”