Origin: Wicklow (Ireland)
Type: Single Grain Irish Whiskey
Ageing barrels: Ex-Bourbon
Added coloring: No
Owner: The Powerscourt Distillery
Average price: € 50.00
Official website: powerscourtdistillery.com
County Wicklow in Ireland is a lovely area just south of Dublin, known for its landscapes and the mountains from which it takes its name.
If you have ever visited the country, you know how spectacular the natural colours and lush nature are, and I personally have left my heart there…
Powerscourt is located on the property of the same name, which offers large, lush gardens with roots (needless to say) going back to the first millennium.
The distillery is very young, having only just opened in 2018 with an investment of over €20m thanks to the efforts of the Slazenger family (who own the land) and entrepreneurs Gerry Ginty and Ashley Gardiner, and is very active in promoting the brand, although it doesn’t (obviously) have its own bottled spirit, still maturing at their on-site warehouses.
Thanks to Master Distiller Noel Sweeney, with decades of experience from the Cooley distillery through other well-known names such as Connemara, Kilbeggan and Tyrconnell, Powerscourt has been able to present their first bottlings with whiskies from other distilleries (particularly Cooley), chosen by Sweeney to represent the spirit of their products.
Under the Fercullen label (from the Gaelic Fera Cualann, meaning Powerscourt) we currently find a 10 year old single grain, two 14 and 18 year old single malts and a blend of single grain and single malt whiskies.
I would like to thank Ryan Stapleton of Powerscourt for the kind samples you will read about on these pages.
Light gold in the glass.
Very fresh and herbaceous nose, full of honey and vanilla, with citrus and lemon peel notes. Touch of nutmeg and wood. Simple, clean, light.
Light-bodied even on the palate, it has a slightly peppery and very spicy (cinnamon and nutmeg) note accompanied by caramel, vanilla, more honey and citrus. Dried apricots and yellow peaches. Wood well present in the background.
Rather short finish of vanilla, honey, citrus and wood spices.
An easy-drinking, pleasant whiskey, what you call a daily dram but could potentially offer more with just a little more edge.