The Chosen – one of the most expensive Irish whiskeys ever, has been launched at £6,500 per bottle. It’s a single malt, single cask one, and only 100 bottles have been created. This drink was made by Chapel Gate, a blender and bonder founded by former Diageo executive Louise McGuane. Chapel Gate sells under the brand name JJ Cory.
She said, “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. 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. 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.” She founded Chapel Gate on her family’s farm in 2015.
The decanters are specially designed in hand-carved ash cabinets by Scottish designer John Galvin.
The drink has notes of toffee, rancio, dried mango and chestnut. This is complimented with a rich oily texture, with a smoky flavour. It is bottled at cask strength at 52%. If you were thinking of getting your hands on the Chosen One, we have some bad news. Apparently, all the casks have been spoken for by retailers, according to Ms McGuane. To know more about the whiskey, you can visit their site.