Still searching for the ideal lockdown hobby?
If online yoga and sourdough baking aren’t your cup of tea, now you can try your hand at whiskey blending… all from the comfort of your sofa.
Cork-based company Whiskey Gift, owned by local publican and entrepreneur Ernest Cantillon, aims to demystify Irish whiskey and let everyone enjoy it – no matter what their taste. The new website, launched today, allows whiskey lovers to blend their very own drink by choosing from a number of flavour notes to mix a 70cl bottle and personalise the label.
You can treat yourself to a blend of your own favourite flavours or send your bottle to a friend or family member.
Each order is received at The Whiskey Lab, next to Sober Lane Bar on O’Sullivan’s Quay, Cork, and mixed masterfully by hand. The label is personalised to the customer’s order and can be shipped to anywhere in Ireland or internationally.
A flavour adventure
“In preparation for the launch of my own whiskey brand coming later this year, I have spent the past four years immersed in all things whiskey and have learned a lot about it,” Ernest told Yay Cork.
“I was instantly fascinated by the process of whiskey blending, it’s both scientific and traditional. People can become obsessed with the age of whiskey and the higher the price the older you go, but I think there is something special about taking the adventure of whiskey blending. You could start with two or three pleasant, but relatively standard, whiskeys and when blended in the right quantities it can be transformative, unlocking tastes and scents that were not apparent in the initial liquids.”
How do you like your whiskey?
Do you favour a spicy body with a deep creamy texture? A drink that’s consistently mellow throughout, or perhaps a soft smoky body with a light texture? Maybe you’ll discover a recipe that nobody has discovered before and make it uniquely your own.
Either way, pour yourself a glass of something fancy and get to work on your own creation at whiskeygift.com.