JJ Corry Irish Whiskey, are not a distillery per se, but they are dedicated to resurrecting the lost art of Irish Whiskey Bonding. They built a Bonded Rackhouse in 2015 with the intention of building an unparalleled library of Irish Whiskey flavours, with spirit sourced from distilleries all over the island of Ireland.
Irish Whiskey Bonding is the practice of sourcing new make spirit and mature Irish Whiskey from Irish distilleries and maturing, blending and bottling unique whiskeys. During the ‘golden age’ of Irish Whiskey (in the 19th and 20th Centuries), there were hundreds of distilleries operating on the island of Ireland. Most did not have their own brands of whiskey at that time, however. These distilleries made their new make whiskey spirit and sold it wholesale to the Bonders to age, blend and bottle. The Bonders were the publicans, grocers and mercantile owners. Sadly, the burgeoning Irish Whiskey Industry collapsed in the 1930s and the few remaining distilleries cut off the Bonders’ supply, leaving Irish Whiskey Bonding to die out.
JJ Corry's Bonded Rackhouse is the only one of its kind in Ireland. It is styled after a traditional Dunnage house but also takes inspiration from the maturation houses of Kentucky and France. It has a southerly facing aspect and windows ensuring that the temperature allows for continuous maturation. The floor is nothing but clay earth with a gravel screed. This helps to naturally maintain humidity levels within the Rackhouse. It is small in scale, ensuring that the sleeping whiskey benefits from the wild fluctuations in barometric pressure and temperature we have in West Clare’s rugged landscape along the Wild Atlantic Way. All casks are hand racked on the bilge (on their sides), ensuring the spirit benefits from extra contact with both heads of the barrel allowing for deeper flavour extraction from the wood.
They built a Bonded Rackhouse in 2015 with the intention of building an unparalleled library of Irish Whiskey flavours, with spirit sourced from distilleries all over the island of Ireland.
Find out more by visiting the JJ Corry Irish Whiskey website