Origin: Wicklow (Ireland)
Type: Blended Irish Whiskey
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon
Added coloring: No
Owner: The Powerscourt Distillery
Average price: € 44.00
Official website: powerscourtdistillery.com
I finish the short journey through the first bottlings of the young Powerscourt distillery, with its spirits still resting in casks but which has released a series of bottles made by its master distiller Noel Sweeney with whiskey from Cooley.
Here I find myself with a blend of wheat and malt (90% and 10% respectively), blended in unspecified toasted barrels (but presumably ex-Bourbon) and bottled at the minimum alcohol content, obviously a NAS (undeclared minimum ageing of three years).
Light gold in the glass.
Wheat dominates the nose, nice and creamy and herbaceous, almost bourbon-like, with honey, tropical fruit (mango, pineapple, ripe banana), lemon peel, orange juice, wood. Simple but pleasant.
On the palate there is a lot of orange, in the candied version, with honey, vanilla cream, butter biscuits (and a pinch of ginger), pineapple. Soft and balanced, it flows with pleasure.
Medium finish of orange, honey, pineapple, wood.
A simple, linear, pleasant blended… if you’re searching for complexity, stratification, it’s better to look elsewhere, but sometimes it’s nice to find a whiskey that’s just a whiskey in the glass, without a lot of frills, without offering a taste challenge but simply to relax.
And being simple is anything but easy: the balance achieved is excellent, flawless, compact.
Maybe it won’t be remembered, but it certainly makes you drink it.