JJ Corry was a tea and spirit merchant based in the port town of Kilrush in Co. Clare in the late 19th century. In 2015, following a career in the drinks industry with Diageo, Pernod Ricard and Moet Hennessey, Louise McGuane set up the Chapel Gate Whiskey Company on her family farm in the neighbouring village of Cooraclare.
The Battalion is named in honour of the Battalion San Patricios, or St. Patrick’s Battalion, a group of Irish men who fought for Mexico in the Mexican/American War of 1846-1848.
This is the world's first Irish whiskey to be finished in tequila and mezcal casks. The blend is comprised of 60% 9 year old grain and 40% 13 year old malt. The vatted grain was finished in a combination of tequila and mezcal casks for seven months whilst the malt was finished in only mezcal casks for seven months, and bottled at 41% abv.