New Irish Whiskey From Powerscourt Gets Extra Aging In Italian Amarone Casks

By Hannah Kanik / August 26, 2021

Powerscourt Distillery, a distillery out of Ireland, recently introduced the first release in their “Estate Series” — Issue 1 of 3, the “Mill House” Limited edition single grain amarone finish Fercullen. 

This is named to give a nod to their brand’s home, a 300 year old mill house built from Wicklow granite and the distillery building’s historical anchor.

Powerscourt initially established its core range of award-winning Fercullen Irish Whiskies — an 8 year old blend, 10 yr. old single grain, 14 yr. old gingle malt and 18 yr. old single malt — and the first edition from the Estate Series now joins. The Mill House is sold at a recommended retail price of €75.

Fercullen’ Mill House’ Single Grain Amarone

Fercullen’ Mill House’ Single Grain Amarone (image via Powerscourt)

The Fercullen’ Mill House’ Single Grain Amarone finish is a pairing of single grain whiskeys from 2010, 2011 and 2012 made by Powerscourt’s master Distiller and Master Blender, Noel Sweeney. This single grain Irish whiskey was first matured in first fill ex bourbon barrels, before finishing in premium Italian Amarone casks for 18 months. 

This process allows the whiskey to reach an optimum mellow combination of grain, bourbon, oak and Amarone. This single grain Irish whiskey is non-chill filtered with natural colour and bottled at 46%.

The water-powered Mill House has been part of the landscape of the Powerscourt Estate for 300 years and was repurposed to become home to the visitor centre at the distillery. It has the original turbine built by Craig and Sons in Belfast.

The distillery says its official tasting notes for this whiskey are:

  • Nose: Spice, liquorice, vanilla, then honey with a twist of lemon, ripe peach, kiwi, cinnamon, oak.
  • Taste: Smooth silky soft texture, honey and cinnamon sweetness, fruit cocktail, light chocolate.
  • Finish: Long lasting sweetness from fruits and velvet texture; almost mouth-watering, yet a dry finish.

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