Ad. Powerscourt offered these whiskeys earlier in the autumn, to celebrate their second birthday. It's about time I say something about them!
These are the first releases from the Powerscourt distillery in Wicklow, with whiskey from Cooley, but distilled by Noel Sweeney, who is now master distiller at Powerscourt.
This offering was a nice surprise to me, since I don't consider myself that great whiskey writer (yet, at least), but of course I accepted, also because I had thought of tasting these whiskeys for some time.
I received the Fercullen premium blend, the 10-year-old single grain and the 14-year-old single malt.
I wasn't (at the time) too fond of the blend, it was way too light for me. It's possible I'll like it more when I taste it another time - it's hard to get an idea about a whiskey if you're not in the mood the first time you taste it. My taste in whiskey differs a lot over time - this doesn't seem like a good thing if I want to write down my tastings, but I guess this simply reflects what I experienced the very first time I tasted it. I'm sure I' get the opportunity to taste the blend again when I visit the distillery.
Fercullen 10-year-old single grain
The 10-year-old grain was a nice one. This whiskey has been matured in white oak (I'm assuming they mean virgin oak) and then recasked to mature a bit more in ex-bourbon casks. It's bottled at 40% ABV.
Vanilla, leather, possibly some citrus. Nice and sweet.
Again, a nice vanilla with roasted nuts or almonds. White pepper, and a lingering nuttiness with honey. Good stuff!
Fercullen 14-year-old single malt
This single malt whiskey, my favourite among the three, is matured exclusively in ex-bourbon barrels, and bottled at 46% ABV.
There's a nice fruitiness in this one. I found apricot and/or peach, almond, lovely sweetness.
This sure was a nice and tasty one! Pepper and fruit, honey, vanilla. Nice spicy finish.
This is a nice first collection from Powerscourt (as I said, I'll give the blend a second chance later!). As I often mention, I like lots of flavour, and perhaps these were a little bit too much on the lighter side, but still nice whiskeys. There's also an 18-year-old out, that I tasted at Whiskey Live, but I'd like to taste it again with a fresh palate to be able to give it a better review on its own later.