Chapel Gate Whiskey: An Irish Inspiration

Chapel Gate Whiskey Company is already making a name for itself with its award winning J. J. Corry "The Gael" Irish Whiskey and its undertaking of bringing back the lost art of whiskey bonding. All these achievements though wouldn't have happened without the work of one woman: Louise McGuane.  


From A Global Career to a Small Irish Farm 

For 20 years Louise McGuane traveled the world working for companies like Moët Hennessy, Diageo, and Pernod Ricard. From New York to Paris, from London to Singapore – McGuane's successfully learned the inside and out of the drinks industry. Despite her successful career, after marrying in 2012, McGuane was faced with the difficult decision of settling down. Walking away from a global corporate career, she returned to her family farm and home in Ireland


A Love of the Land 

As McGuane took a year off to spend with her family, she watched her father and mother working the family farm and came to a decision. The McGuane family farm is located on the Wild West Coast of Ireland in the beautiful county of Clare, and has been in the McGuane family for generations. Louise McGuane was determined to ensure the farms future for the next generation. 

"The Irish have a particular connection to the land and I felt a duty to secure the future of the family farm," McGuane says on the Chapel Gate Whiskey 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."


An Art of Irish Whiskey 

McGuane had always considered creating her own brand and making Irish whiskey seemed the most natural course. "It's in my blood," she said in an interview with The Cocktail Lovers Magazine. "My hope is that we will create a really unique flavor." She's also determined to bring back the old Irish methodology of bonding. In combination with modern day know-how, she hopes to resurrect many of the lost flavors of Independent Irish Whiskey for the modern whiskey drinker. 

Breaking out of the corporate mindset, McGuane approaches Chapel Gate Whiskey with a hands-on attitude and a determination to build something for herself. McGuane swears that this will be the last job she'll ever have, and she's invested in forging a new future for Irish Whiskey.  

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