Wednesday, May 01, 2019


J.J. Corry Irish Whiskey, has announced the launch of a new Mezcal and Tequila cask matured expression.

J.J. Corry - The Battalion (41% ABV) is a blend comprised of 60% 9 Year Old grain and 40% 13 Year Old malt whiskey, which were finished in Mezcal and Tequila casks for 7 months.
J.J Corry - The Battalion

The Battalion is named in honour of the Battalion San Patricos, (Saint Patrick’s Battalion) a group of Irish men who fought for Mexico in the Mexican/American War of 1846-1848. The Battalion was comprised mainly of Irish Immigrants, many from the West Coast of Ireland, who had defected from the American side to fight for Mexico.

This latest release from the County Clare, Ireland, based J.J. Corry, which is the first ever Irish whiskey to be finished in Mezcal and Tequila casks, will be limited to just 700 bottles.

J.J. Corry Irish Whiskey, was founded by Louise McGuane in 2015, and has resurrected the lost art of Irish whiskey bonding under the JJ Corry brand name. The company is maturing whiskey in a purpose built bonded rackhouse on the McGuane family farm.

Commenting on the news, Louise McGuane, said: “We brought back the lost art of whiskey bonding a practice which had totally died out in Irish Whiskey. Our intention has always been to respect tradition but embrace change. As modern whiskey bonders we do exactly as J.J. Corry would have done, use the casks at his disposal to impart unique flavours in his blends. J.J. had access to rum, Bordeaux & sherry casks, we are lucky enough to be able to look as far afield as Mexico and beyond for flavours that work with Irish Whiskey.”

She went onto say: “Our latest release is a meticulously blended whiskey with tequila and mezcal cask influence. We decanted grain into Mezcal and Tequila casks and malt into mezcal casks to mature for seven months. We then vatted a grain tequila/mezcal blend we felt best expressed the agave notes we wanted to pull out of those casks.”

J.J. Corry - The Battalion, will be available later this month from specialist retailers, for a RRP of £60.00 – 50cl.

Posted by Steve Rush