Origin: Wicklow (Ireland)
Type: Blended Irish Whiskey
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon
Added coloring: No
Owner: The Powerscourt Distillery
Average price: € 37.00
Official website: powerscourtdistillery.com
I return after some time to the whiskies of the young Powerscourt with the latest addition to their portfolio, a malt and grain blended from the mind (and passion) of Noel Sweeney.
Blends with a declared age are anything but common, especially in this price range, which in itself deserves praise, even if it’s partly due to the need to remove the Premium indication from the label under new regulations.
The grain part was re-casked in 2017, while the malt part remained in the same casks from the start.
Gold in the glass.
Soft and pleasing on the nose, with the abundant vanilla of the Bourbon dominating, accompanied by apple, peach, honey, cinnamon and a clear citric component that helps to dampen the sugary wave. Short pastry and toffee take up the sweet profile, on a base of wet cereals. Young and a little pandering.
A peppery mouthfeel with a slight alcoholic spike, it maintains the lemony line of the nose on a light and less complacent body, with bitter and spicy notes that creep in between salted butter and yellow fruit, between apple pie and the roughness of wood, showing an unexpected freshness.
Medium-long finish with a sprinkling of pepper, wood, vanilla, cinnamon and apples.
From such a young blended and at such a low price you wouldn’t expect any particular complexity, but instead this eight year old entertains and surprises, with a commendable balance between malt and grain that brings out the best from the casks.