How to make your own bespoke whiskey blend

    Whiskey Gift blend your own Easy Food
    Photos courtesy of Clare Keogh

    I don’t know about you lovely Easy Food fans, but I’ve recently found myself absolutely desperate for entertainment and eager for any chance to spoil myself with quality food and drink. You can imagine my excitement when I discovered a new opportunity for both.

    How do you like your whiskey — a spicy body with a creamy texture, or perhaps soft and smoky? Whiskey Gift has deconstructed the whiskey-making process and is handing the reins over to you. Experiment with endless possible flavour combinations to create a bottle of premium, personalised Irish whiskey online — and then have it delivered to your door.

    Based in Cork City, the brand aims to demystify Irish whiskey and let everyone enjoy it — no matter what their taste. I’ve just checked it out myself (could. not. resist.) and will now be counting down the days until my bottle of bespoke, imaginatively-named ‘Doylers’ whiskey blend arrives at my door. (Don’t worry, I’ll keep you posted on our Insta-stories as to how it turns out — if it’s any good, I could have a whole new career ahead of me!)


    How does it work?

    Whiskey Gift is taking the age-old and much-respected tradition of whiskey into the 21st century. The new website allows whiskey lovers to blend their very own drink by choosing from a number of exquisite flavour notes to mix their own 70cl bottle, and then to personalise the label. Treat yourself to a bottle of your own favourite flavours, or gift your creation to a loved one and have the bottle posted directly to them.

    Each order is received at The Whiskey Lab, nestled next to Sober Lane Bar on O’Sullivan’s Quay, Cork, and mixed by hand. The label is personalised to the customer’s order and can be shipped to anywhere in Ireland, or internationally.

    Whiskey Gift blend your own Easy Food

    Speaking about his new venture, Cork publican and entrepreneur Ernest Cantillon says:

    “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… 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.

    “Some of the world’s best-selling whiskeys are blends but until now, very few people have had the opportunity to blend whiskey themselves… I don’t believe anywhere else offers this level of customisation to one’s own Irish whiskey. We are delighted to make that accessible to everyone and help spread the good word about Irish whiskey.”

    Find out more and blend your own at