Chapel Gate Whiskey, a Co Clare-based whiskey blender, has raised €1m in funding from investors in the US and the UK.

The company was founded by former Diageo executive Louise McGuane who returned from Singapore in 2012 to establish Chapel Gate on the family farm under the JJ Corry brand, based on a whiskey bonder from Kilrush.

Prior to raising the money from US and UK investors, McGuane raised almost €37,000 from 88 backers in a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign.

“Irish whiskey is ultimately an agricultural product, so why not ensure a future for the farm for the next generation by finishing and ageing whiskey in the very special place”

Chapel Gate Whiskey products sold under the JJ Corry brand include The Gael Irish whiskey, The Flintlock single malt and The Battalion, a blended whiskey influenced by mezcal and tequila.

Born of the land

McGuane started Chapel Gate Whiskey on the family farm which has a herd of more than 50 dairy cows as well as boasting its own peat bog.

She previously had a high-flying career with Diageo, Pernod Ricard and Moet Hennessy in New York, Paris, London and Singapore before returning to Ireland in 2012 to help with the family farm.

“The Irish have a particular connection to the land and I felt a duty to secure the future of the family farm,” McGuane said on her business’s website.

“I am certainly not the farmer that my father is, so I decided to use my established skill set and so, I founded The Chapel Gate Irish Whiskey Company. After all, Irish whiskey is ultimately an agricultural product, so why not ensure a future for the farm for the next generation by finishing and ageing whiskey in the very special place.”

We’ll drink to that!

Written by John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 8 October, 2019

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