Showing posts with label Powerscourt Distillery. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Powerscourt Distillery. Show all posts

Friday, May 19, 2023

Announcing the Spirit of Wicklow Awards. A Celebration of the Garden County by The Powerscourt Distillery

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Announcing the Spirit of Wicklow Awards

A Celebration of the Garden County by The Powerscourt Distillery

The Powerscourt Distillery has announced a very special Award celebrating Co Wicklow, “The Spirit of Wicklow”.The "Spirit of Wicklow" awards aim to celebrate the “Extraordinary Spirit” and uncompromising mindset of Wicklow and its people. Cooperation is seen every day in Wicklow communities, businesses, services, craftsmanship, culture and our connection to the unique and beautiful landscape. Nominations are now open at

Caroline Gardiner

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Speaking about the Awards, Caroline Gardiner, Head of Marketing, Digital & Communications said,  “ As an Enniskerry native, I couldn't be prouder of our unique & beautiful Garden County and the abundance it has to offer. We are delighted to mark this seminal moment for the company with our “Spirit of Wicklow” awards, acknowledging the amazing support we have received since founding The Powerscourt Distillery. The campaign aims to celebrate the passionate and inspirational mindset of Wicklow and its people, seen every day in all aspects of our communities”.


There will be plenty of opportunities to make your “Spirit of Wicklow” nomination across the four categories over the while nominations are open. The categories are:

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There are four categories of awards, each of which relates to Powerscourt Distillery’s Brand Values. The categories are:


·       The Spirit of Wicklow Community Award

·       The Spirit of Wicklow Sustainability Award

·       The Spirit of Wicklow Arts/Sports/Culture Award

·       The Spirit of Wicklow Enterprise and Innovation Award



Nominations open from April 28th to May 30th 2023.

Nominations can be made from outside the County, but nominees (individual or group/business) must be either Wicklow-resident or working with a Wicklow-based entity.


The Awards Winner in each category will receive a specially commissioned Award made from hand-chosen Wicklow Oak from Kiln Dried hardwoods Dromont and created by local craftmanship by Ian Robertson, known for his bespoke handmade Wicklow wood pens , a luxury hamper of Wicklow Produce, including a selection of exceptional Fercullen Whiskeys.


The overall winner, as chosen by the judges, is someone who embodies the Extraordinary Spirit of Wicklow and will receive, in addition to the category prize, a €2,000 bursary to be awarded to a charity of their choice.


Further details, along with how to nominate, can be found at



Thursday, February 16, 2023

The Powerscourt Distillery Celebrates Six Major Accolades. Latest on Cork Whiskey Fest 2023!

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The Powerscourt Distillery Celebrates
 Six Major Accolades already for 2023!


There were two wins in the World Whiskies Awards Irish Category, 

  as well as further Highly Commended awards in the Icons of Whiskey Ireland.


Estate Series 2: The Italian Gardens:  Gold Medal and Category winner

Distillery Select:  Gold Medal and Category winner

Irish Whiskey Brand Ambassador of the Year - Highly Commended Alan Malone

Paul Corbett takes home Master Distiller/Master Blender

The Powerscourt Distillery Visitor Centre wins Best Visitor Attraction

Santina Kennedy is Highly Commended for Campaign Innovator


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Wicklow’s Powerscourt Distillery, a leading producer of premium whiskey, is proud to announce that it has won six major awards already for 2023. At the 2023 World Whiskies Awards, they took home two Irish category wins, while at the 2023 Icons of Whiskey Ireland Awards, they also received another “Highly Commended” award for “Irish Whiskey category Brand ambassador 2023” going to Alan Malone (European Sales Manager for the Distillery). These prestigious awards recognise the distillery’s commitment to producing top-quality spirits that are crafted with care and attention to detail.


“We are delighted with these awards that reflect the hard work and dedication of the team since we started in 2018. Two whiskeys that reflect the best of our home, County Wicklow, both in concept and collaboration. We look forward to these whiskeys taking their deserved place in the World’s best whiskey competition at the end of March.” John Cashman said Head of NPD & Brand at The Powerscourt Distillery.


These recent accolades add to the hat trick of awards at won National level last November for the – Powerscourt Distillery Visitor Centre  - Best Visitor Attraction accepted by Gerry Ginty COO, Paul Corbett as Master Distiller/Master Blender, and a Highly Commended for Campaign Innovator accepted by Santina Kennedy – Food & Beverage Specialist at Powerscourt Distillery.


The Powerscourt Distillery awards come as no surprise to those in the industry who have long recognised the distillery’s commitment to excellence. The Distillery is looking forward to an exciting year ahead in 2023!


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Sunday, December 11, 2022

The Whiskey Bulletin. Review of new West Cork 7-year Single Malt plus news from Powerscourt, Cork Whiskey Fest,Blackwater Distillery, Killowen

New Whiskey Review

Plus news from Powerscourt, Cork Whiskey Fest,Blackwater Distillery, Killowen


West Cork 7 Year Single Malt 46% ABV

Chalk this down as another good one from the West Cork Distillery in Skibbereen.

This, one of the darker ones, has quite an inviting nose, subtle notes of almond and red berries. It boasts a marvellous palate, really easy to enjoy, packed with agreeable fruit sensations (including citrus and almond), hints too of its years in sherry cask, smooth malt and just a little, if lively, spice. And there’s no let-up, nor let down either, in the long and pleasant finish. An immediate thumbs up for this smooth fruity whiskey from the west which was finished in bourbon casks.

Expect to pay around €60.00 

This is the first aged Pot Still from Ireland's largest independent distillery! West Cork Distillers was formed in 2003 by childhood friends, John O’Connell (left), Ger McCarthy and Denis McCarthy at a time when it made very little economic sense to do so. "The early years were far from glamorous, operating in a room at the back of Denis’s house in Union Hall with two small stills we bought from a schnapps producer in Switzerland. In 2014 we moved to a new distillery in Skibbereen

We currently operate out of a 12.5 acre site on Marsh Road.... With distributors across the globe, our award winning West Cork Irish Whiskey is now sold in almost 70 countries. Case sales have risen considerably every year for the past six years and our staff has grown to over 80 people, with the majority based locally in West Cork.

We want to make Irish whiskey accessible. We will continue to expand our operation but maintain our Irish ownership and stay true to our West Cork heritage. The opening of the new distillery makes us the largest, wholly Irish owned distillery in the country. Meanwhile, more jobs, new products and additional warehouses are being added to meet rising demand."


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And they have other tempting options also.
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Cork Whiskey Fest

WHEN: SATURDAY MARCH 25, 2023 @12:00PM
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Killowen Distillery have nurtured many different expressions of poitín since their first days of distilling, unfortunately these beautiful products are too often in short supply. Thankfully Killowen have now created a core product in larger 70cl bottles, most fitting of the current poitín revival.
‘Pangur – The White Cat’ is fun, dynamic, colourful and versatile with flavours spanning from sophisticated whiskey aromas to beautiful mescal notes, this poitín is a fitting response to Ireland’s unique, culinary beverage. As whiskey’s mummy, this is a beverage category we should all be very proud of.
Pangur draws its inspiration from the fun ancient poem ‘Pangur Ban’ written by a man from here, on a remote German island in the 9th Century about his relationship with his little furry friend - we will let you guys enjoy the fun history search.
Pangur is a 50/50 combination of two spirits, one from either side of Carlingford Lough, the combination offers both potstill spice and notes of mescal creating a beautiful spirit perfectly suited for finishing in some well sourced oak in Killowen Distillery.
The three Pangurs we have include: 

Bourbon wood rested offers notes of citrus fruit, and similar to mescal a hint of smoke and light earthiness
Stout wood rested offers some of the above but this time with chocolate, creamy and a silky texture
PX wood rested dried fruit notes of fig and raisin layered on top of the afore mentioned citrus
Just to note: current legislation forbids the mention of the words ‘cask’ or ‘ageing’ in marketing material for our native spirit poitín, something we hope will change in the future.
Pangur is currently being released into the wild this week onwards, just ask any quality local off licenses North or South to get a bottle in stock, it will also be available from our online partners.

RRP: €48.95 & £39.95


Monday, November 28, 2022

The Whiskey Bulletin. Killowen Pangur Poitín Final. Hip Flask Pressie. Powerscourt's Triple Distilled Celebration.

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Killowen Pangur Poitín
Cocktail Competition Final

Closing off '2022 - The Year of Poitín' - Tomorrow will see the grand final of our Pangur Poitín competition.
The talent within the competition has been phenomenal to this point and our two expert judges Chris Hennessy and Nathan Evans have settled on two finalists
Irish Whiskey Auctions will host the grand final in the beautiful JJ Sheehy’s Bar Dundalk. The show will kick off at 4pm Irish time, where the winner will be crowned, tune in for some entertainment prior to what will be a game changer in the Irish poitín category.

The two finalists of course are Ronan Collins, Co Down & Rory McGee, Co Cork.
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Hip Flask Service


The Bradleys Hip Flask Service gives you the chance to taste some new, interesting & exceptional whiskeys without having to purchase a full bottle. To avail of the service, simply purchase one of our bespoke Bradleys Hip Flasks (€20). The flask effectively works as your membership card for the service and allows you to return and purchase refills as often as you wish. For this reason we only fill whiskeys into Bradleys Hip Flasks.

Your flask itself is stainless steel and holds 6 ounces, which is just less than 5 standard pub measures. The cover is faux leather and therefore, vegan friendly.

Each month we pick one whiskey of the month. This will either be a whiskey already available on the service at a special price or it will be a limited whiskey not already on the service which is hard to come by.

Fill prices vary depending on the whiskey chosen. The usual price range is between €13-€50, however, sometimes rare or discontinued whiskeys are added which may fall outside this range.

Between each fill, your flask should be rinsed and dried thoroughly. This will preserve the integrity of each individual whiskey. We recommend filling the flask 3/4 full with warm water and washing up liquid, capping it and giving it a good shake. Empty out and rinse with cold water until it runs clear, before finally leaving it to air dry.



Triple Distilled Celebration for The Powerscourt Distillery At 2022 Icons of Whisky Ireland Awards!

Last Thursday night at the 2022 edition of the Icons of Whisky Ireland Awards, The Powerscourt Distillery team enjoyed a triple celebration by taking home three awards. Paul Corbett was awarded Master Distiller/Master Blender; the Distillery Visitor Centre took home the Visitor Attraction award, while the In-House Food & Beverage Specialist Santina Kennedy was Highly Commended in the Campaign Innovatorcategory. The Awards took place in Dublin’s Iveagh Garden Hotel.


This huge personal achievement for Paul Corbett as  Master Distiller/Blender of the Year - Icon of Whisky Ireland means he will now go forward  to London on 30 th March,  where he will be included in the ‘World’s Best Icons Competition”.


This is the first significant award for the  Visitor Centre – Visitor Attractionand is a key milestone, and down to the wonderful work all of the centre’s team do daily, ensuring visitors get the 5-star treatment at every touchpoint on their visit to Powerscourt Distillery.


Finally, Santina Kennedy received a Highly Commended for Campaign Innovator– all down to Santina’s sterling work around the championing and promotion of the Fercullen Whiskey & local Food Pairing concept .



Thursday, November 24, 2022

Whiskey Bulletin. Blacks of Kinsale BIG NIGHT OUT and Powerscourt Distillery Awards

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Powerscourt Distillery win double Gold at the 2022 Irish Whiskey Awards

The team at Powerscourt Distillery are delighted to announce the addition of two new award medals to its collection, which is steadily growing.  At the recent Irish Whiskey Awards 2022, Fercullen Whiskeys received two Gold Awards. Their latest release – 21-year-old Single Malt, along with their Limited Edition Italian Gardens, both took home Gold at the Awards and mark a significant achievement for the Enniskerry Distillery, who are going from strength to strength. The Irish Whiskey Awards started in 2013, and the event has gone on to be one of the biggest celebrations of Irish whiskey in the world.

The Awards

Gold – Irish Single Malt Whiskey (16 years & older)

21-Year-old Single Malt whiskey matured in ex-bourbon barrels, with a selection of Oloroso Sherry and Pedro Ximénez finished whiskeys.


Gold – Irish Blended Whiskey (Limited Release)

Estate Series, 'The Italian Gardens' ; a limited Edition Blended Fercullen Irish Whiskey Amarone cask influence.

Blacks at The Bierhaus




Friday, September 2, 2022

Powerscourt Distillery expands its team

 Powerscourt Distillery expands its team

Karen Noble has joined The Powerscourt Distillery team as Visitor Centre Manager. She brings with her a wealth of experience, having worked in prestigious establishments such as Ballymaloe House, La Stampa, Chapter One, and Luna, among many others, in both Ireland and France. Her experience will allow us to continue to develop our 5-star experience at the Visitors Centre. Karen holds a degree in Hospitality Management and a Masters in Gastronomy and Food Studies. The Distillery team is very excited to have Karen on board and is already benefiting from her vast experience.

Award-winning Distiller & Blender Paul Corbett has joined to head up the Distillery Team and all aspects of production as our Distillery Manager.He will continue to build on the reputation for exceptional spirit from Powerscourt Distillery. He is passionate about Whiskey, having worked as a Lead Distiller at the Teeling Whiskey Company and gaining further valuable experience as Head Distiller of the Clonakilty Distillery, where he oversaw the construction of their distillery and won best Irish new make spirit at the world whiskey awards in their first year of production. Paul was highly commended in the Master Distiller/Master Blender category at the Icons of Whiskey awards in both 2020 and 2001.  The Powerscourt Distillery team are looking forward to exciting new releases with Paul in the coming years.

With a very busy season in the visitor centre, the team goes from strength to strength following the very successful release of the 2 nd in the Estate series “The Italian Gardens” earlier this summer, soon to be followed by their own Powerscourt distilled release in the coming weeks.

Having established its core range of award-winning Fercullen Irish Whiskeys – 8 yr. old blend, 10 yr. old Single Grain, 14 yr. old Single Malt and 18 yr. old Single Malt, Powerscourt Distillery have added to their range with the Estate Series –the second limited edition “The Italian Gardens”. RRP€75 is available from all good off licenses.

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