Fercullen Irish Whiskey
The new Powerscourt Distillery in Co Wicklow has proudly unveiled its three new Irish whiskeys under the brand name Fercullen; Fercullen 14-Year Old Single Malt, Fercullen 10-Year-Old Single Grain and Fercullen Premium Blend Irish.
With the release overseen by award winning Irish whiskey legend, Master Distiller Noel Sweeney, the three opening expressions form part of a planned portfolio of premium Irish whiskeys to be launched by the Powerscourt Distillery. With over 30 years experience in the whiskey industry and having formerly distilled the spirit that Fercullen uses, Noel is now also responsible for the new spirit being produced and laid down by the distillery – a unique attribute on today’s Irish whiskey landscape.
“The decisions that I make impart huge influence over the spirit produced,” said Noel Sweeney. “So many choices and decisions affect the way that spirit forms and matures into whiskey”
Set against the picturesque backdrop of the famous Sugarloaf Mountain and enjoying a long heritage of dedication and craftmanship, Powerscourt has become one of Ireland’s most treasured estates – an inspiring location where the extraordinary is possible. With an underground lake of the purest Wicklow water, close proximity to rich farming lands and a temperate coastline climate, it sets the perfect stage for distilling and maturing Irish whiskey.
The new whiskey range takes its name from the Gaelic name given to the ancient and strategically important lands that surround and encompass Powerscourt Estate. ‘FeraCulann’ or ‘Fercullen,’ literally translates to “Men of Cuala” or “Men of the Wicklow Hills”.
Alex Peirce, Chief Executive of The Powerscourt Distillery said “Our location is unique in that it provides inspiration. The local history, heritage and natural beauty of Powerscourt are all important 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” (the ancient name for these lands) to introduce to our whiskey story at The Powerscourt Distillery.
Once the hub of all farming on the Powerscourt Estate, an Old Mill House that dates back to 1730’s has been faithfully restored and extended to form part of the new Distillery buildings. It boasts a water mill deep in its foundations, while outside on the north-west wall of the building, a bell that was used to herald the daily lunchbreak to workers in distant fields presents a nod to former times and local practice.
The new distillery, visitor centre and adjoining maturation facilities form the initial phase of the building project. Three traditional, custom-designed copper pot stills from the world-renowned Forsyths form the centrepiece of the distillery.
Powerscourt Cask Programme
To mark and celebrate its opening year, the Powerscourt Distillery has also designed a limited availability Cask Programme– the first and only such programme that it will undertake.
At 397 casks (each one representing a foot of water from the nearby Powerscourt Waterfall) the cask programme offers a premium level of involvement and association with the distillery to private individuals who wish to become part of The Powerscourt Distillery family.
Together with ownership of a 200 litre new fill cask to be housed in the Distillery’s warehouse on the Estate, members will enjoy exclusive access to special events and private whiskey tastings, first access to limited edition whiskeys and an exclusive presentation of the otherwise unavailable Fercullen 16-Year-Old Single Malt.
Fercullen 10-Year-Old Single Grain Whiskey (RRP €55), Fercullen 14-Year Old Single Malt Whiskey(RRP €90) and Fercullen Premium Blend Irish Whiskey (RRP€42) will be available to purchase at The Powerscourt Distillery Visitor Centre when it opens or online from November at www.powerscourtdistillery.com and selected outlets in Ireland.