Top 50 innovative spirits launches of 2019: 20-11

21st January, 2020 by Melita Kiely

13: JJ Corry The Battalion

As Tequila and mezcal become more popular with both consumers and the trade, Ireland’s Chapel Gate Irish Whiskey Co sought to explore the effect these Mexican spirits could have on Irish whiskey.

Last May, the Irish whiskey bonder brought out a Tequila and mezcal cask‐finished bottling – a first for the category.

To make JJ Corry the Battalion, Chapel Gate transferred grain whiskey that had been aged in ex‐Bourbon casks into mezcal and Tequila casks, and malt whiskey that had been matured in Bourbon barrels into mezcal casks.

After seven months, the casks were blended in a ratio comprising 60% nine‐year‐old grain whiskey and 40% 13‐year‐old malt whiskey. It was bottled at 41% ABV.

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