The Gael is an award-winning Irish whiskey blended from 60% mature Irish single-malt whiskeys (from 11 to 25 years old) and 40% single-grain Irish whiskey (7 years old) to produce the fruity cornucopia you might expect from Irish whiskey but with extra levels of complexity from maturation in living oak. In the spirit of trust and transparency implied by the term "whiskey bonder", J.J. Corry openly states that this is liquid sourced from County Louth.
The Gael is named after a bicycle invented and sold by the original bonded whiskey merchant J.J. Corry invented in the 1890s. J.J. was a keen cyclist and social secretary of the local club. Probably not surprising if he could bring whiskey like this to the meetings.
Louise McGuane is the first licensed bonder in Ireland in living memory. She ages new-make spirit in the rackhouse on the family farm in Clare, located just six miles from the wild Atlantic ocean. Unusually for Irish whiskey, the casks live the old-fashioned way, as they are supposed to, on their sides, raised off a dunnage floor and breathing an air rich from the sea, lush green grazing grass and the surrounding peat bogs. The barrels are selected and cared for by one of Ireland's last master coopers. And the whiskey is named after McGuane's predecessor as a whiskey bonder in the area, J.J. Corry.