Join us as we review Powerscourt Distillery’s 14 Year Old Single Malt – The Fercullen 14.
The Powerscourt Distillery have been busy producing their own spirit under the watchful eye of their Master Distillery, Mr. Noel Sweeney, who is shaping the distillery’s spirit to create some masterful malts and blends for the years to come.
Until then, the Powerscourt Distillery have released a sourced blended whiskey under the brand name ‘Fercullen’ which was the old name for the Powerscourt Estate, wherein the distillery itself lies. This sourced liquid has a slight twist though, like many distilleries, Powerscourt are sourcing malt and grain from Cooley Distillery, although, unlike every other distillery, it was Powerscourt’s Master Distiller, Noel Sweeney, who actually distilled this liquid during his tenure as Master Distiller in Cooley Distillery.
As I mentioned above, many distilleries have sourced Cooley whiskey and have released it under their own name in a bid to showcase their name and brand while their distillery is being built, there is nothing new about this. Although, nobody has the provenience or ownership that Noel Sweeney has when it comes to Fercullen 14, having now both distilled it in Cooley Distillery and bottled it in Powerscourt, it truly is a first.
If you have an interest in listening to Noel Sweeney describing his career journey that has led him to this point as Master Distiller and Whisky Magazine Hall of Fame inductee, listen to our conversation with him on Potstilled Radio, Here.
So, what is the whiskey all about?
Fercullen 14 Year Old Single Malt is a malt whiskey that has been exclusively aged in ex-bourbon barrels before being bottled at 46% ABV (92 Proof), Non-Chill Filtered.
Nose: White peach, lots of citrus stone fruits, slight herbal characteristic with a hint of vanilla, honey and cinnamon spice. Very clean and enjoyable nose.
Palate: This is a vibrant fresh palate with lots of tropical fruits with a deliciously creamy undertone and a biscuity, malt body. A decent wood influence that fades with honey and hazelnut undertones.
Finish: Medium length finish with lingering oak prickle. Slight malt sweetness continuing through with a light nuttiness.
This whiskey makes for a delicious Taoscán. It retails in Ireland for approximately €90 and the Powerscourt team are working on getting distribution across the world, currently.