Launched this week, it’s a blend of malt and grain whiskeys with a high malt content, highlighting the unique style of the Powerscourt Distillery. The malt whiskey has matured in first-fill ex-Bourbon barrels and the grain is in a combination of ex-Bourbon and new heavy char Oak casks, making it an excellent 50/50 blend.
“With this release The Powerscourt Distillery is heralding the start of a new era for the Distillery with the inclusion of malt whiskey distilled right here in Powerscourt,” said the Head of Whiskey for the Distillery John Cashman, “As a proud Wicklow man, it’s wonderful to be part of the first (legal!) whiskey distilled in Wicklow in over 100 years.
“The 50 % malt content in the blend adds to the complexity and depth of flavour, which is very different to what other blended Irish whiskeys are offering”.
Powerscourt Distillery’s Head Distiller and Blender Paul Corbett added, “Drawing from its unique location, the name refers to the Powerscourt Waterfall, Ireland’s highest waterfall at 121 metres. Its contemporary design evokes thoughts of whiskey falling into a glass”.
To which Caroline Gardiner, Head of Marketing, added, “This new core expression from Powerscourt Distillery will ensure our whiskey is relevant to a new generation, a consumer audience which is driving the growth of Irish whiskey, seeking quality, not quantity. ”
The whiskey is bottled at 43% ABV.
Nose: Cinnamon and fresh orchard fruits, herbaceous with brown sugar, toffee and a distinct maltiness
Taste: Rich, soft and sweet. Vanilla icing and malt spice with a peppery Clove finish.
Finish: Warming malt spice with good length, drying at the extremities of your tongue.