Ireland's Powerscourt Distillery Trots Out Some New Whiskeys - The Whiskey Wash

Ireland’s Powerscourt Distillery Trots Out Some New Whiskeys

By Nino Marchetti / November 1, 2018

The story of Powerscourt Distillery in Ireland, located a little outside of Dublin on a palatial estate, is reflective of the greater growth as a whole across the whiskey industry there. Those at this location are busy building what should be a top flight distillery, helmed by legendary distiller Noel Sweeney, and in fact he’s already at work on new make spirit being produced and laid down for aging there. In the meanwhile, bills still have to be paid and a brand has to be built, so Powerscourt has turned to older stock Sweeney himself had a hand in producing for its initial release.

What is known as the Fercullen Irish whiskey line up, according to those behind it, will initially consist of non-age statement blended, 10 year old single grain and 14 year old single malt Irish whiskeys. The name Fercullen is said to be inspired “by the ancient territorial name given to the lands on which the Powerscourt Estate is located.”

Fercullen Irish whiskey line up

Fercullen Irish whiskey line up (image via Powerscourt Distillery)

“Our location is important in that it provides inspiration,” said Alex Peirce, Chief Executive of The Powerscourt Distillery, in a prepared statement. “The local history, heritage and natural beauty of Powerscourt are all cohesive elements in providing the perfect platform for Noel’s work. We use pure mineral water that has filtered down into the Estate from the surrounding Wicklow hills and we are located close to some of the best barley growing lands in Ireland. Perseverance and patience have long represented the cornerstones to whiskey production and so it seemed fitting to adopt ‘Fercullen’ to introduce to our whiskey story at The Powerscourt Distillery.”

Plans call for Fercullen Premium Blend Irish Whiskey, Fercullen 10-Year-Old Single Grain Whiskey and Fercullen 14-Year Old Single Malt Whiskey to be initially available at the distillery and its visitor center once it is open to the public. It will also be available through Irish retailers starting in November. You’ll fine some official tasting notes for the 10- and 14-year old expressions, both of which have been aged in ex-American oak, below for your consideration. It should be noted as well the distillery unveiled a cask buying program for those who want to get in early on the whiskey that’s being produced on site.

Fercullen 10-Year-Old Single Grain Whiskey:

  • Nose: Sweet vanilla, citrus, honey, spice, almonds, candy orange, oak 
  • Taste: Smooth, sweet, crisp grain, complex combinations of oak, fruit, and sweetness.
  • Finish: Silky to start with a long lasting sweet vanilla oak finish.

Fercullen 14-Year Old Single Malt Whiskey:

  • Nose: Honey, vanilla, sweet malty, spice, almonds, cinnamon, rich plums, clean and fresh.
  • Tasting: A refreshingly smooth and complex nectar delivering layer upon layer of smooth, silky sweet malt with crisp oak. Spicy, fruity, nutty complex and tasty.
  • Finish: Malty to start with a long lasting sweet spice, malt and fruity fresh finish.