Powerscourt Distillery wins a World Whiskies Gold in the highly competitive Single Malt category for Fercullen “Five Elements” an 18-Year-Old Single Malt limited release

Powerscourt Distillery wins a World Whiskies Gold in the highly competitive Single Malt category for Fercullen “Five Elements” an 18-Year-Old Single Malt limited release

Powerscourt Distillery wins a World Whiskies Gold in the highly competitive Single Malt category for Fercullen “Five Elements” an 18-Year-Old Single Malt limited release

The World Whiskies Awards is an annual celebration of the very best in whiskies from across the globe. Presented by TheDrinksReport.com and Whisky Magazine, the World Whiskies Awards are one of the highlights of the year for the whiskey industry selecting, rewarding and promoting the world’s best whiskies to consumers and trade across the globe.

Hundreds of Irish whiskeys were considered for the ultimate title of ‘World’s Best’, and we are delighted to achieve a gold medal in this extremely competitive Single Malt (13-20) category. This Single Malt was selected by the judging panel for its signature taste. Noel applied his vast experience to ensure different proportions of each style to lend balance and expression to the Five Elements within the limited release, of only 1,500 bottles, producing a truly complex, flavoursome and unique tasting whiskey, which has now been recognised among the finest whiskies in the world with a gold medal.

Noel commented, “A unique whiskey is always a pleasure to develop. Working to distil, mature, finish, blend and balance this rare composite expression represents years of experience and patience required to bring all the elements together forming something truly special and we are delighted that our Fercullen Irish Whiskeys continue to be recognised amongst the Best Irish whiskeys in the world.”

Launched in time for the Christmas market on November 12th 2020 this limited edition 18-Year-Old Single Malt Fercullen Five Elements expression was eagerly anticipated and certainly hit the right note with Fercullen fans, selling out of the initial release allocation. The distillery retained a small amount to release in time St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, along with a limited edition Fercullen 16YO Cask Strength Marsala finish, so don’t miss out, order your limited edition today. Shop our limited edition products now!. www.powerscourtdistillery.com



The “Five Elements” include:

1) A Single Malt, A Single Distillery, A Single Distiller.

2) Two types of oak maturation; American White Oak and European Oak.

3) Three different finishing casks; Red Wine, Ruby Port and Rum.

4) Four styles; Bourbon, Red Wine, Ruby Port and Rum.

5) The globally recognised touch and blending expertise of Master Distiller Noel Sweeney.

In anticipation of a complex compilation of different styles and finishes, rare stocks of 16-year-old Single Malt matured in American white oak, ex Bourbon barrels, were decanted and filled into carefully selected casks of red wine, ruby port and rum. After years of finishing our Master Distiller chose each cask for this compliation.18-year-old Malt exclusively matured in ex Bourbon was also used to bind and balance the delicate flavours with those from the finishes in this rare composite expression.

The red wine cask finish was achieved over three years. European oak red wine casks imbue a tannic characteristic which is mellowed and balanced by the malt sweetness of the whiskey finished in ruby port casks and the tropical aroma and palate from rum casks. All  three were married with bourbon barrel 18-year-old whiskey, the four styles then expertly combined by a Master’s touch to produce a symphony of flavours in this rare and exceptional Single Malt Irish Whiskey. Noel commented,

Noel Sweeney

Bottled at 46% ABV, Fercullen Five Elements 18-year-old Limited Edition will be available online at PowerscourtDistillery.com RRP for this edition limited to just 1,500 bottles is €180.

Official tasting notes:

Initial top notes of boiled sweets, vanilla and honey intertwined with a twist of lemon, and sweet orchard ripe fruits, plums, raisins, cinnamon, complimented by tropical fruits, pineapples, mango, banana, layered over a duo of oak wood notes, showcasing an intriguing balance between spirit and wood


Initial burst of tangy fruit cocktail sweetness, with layer upon layer of smooth silky sweet malt, chocolate and Christmas cake, creating succulent texture and balance as the tropical fruit, rum, red grape skins build delivering waves of complexity and taste.


Long lasting sweetness from ripe fruits and velvety texture almost mouth-wetting to finish.

Powerscourt Distillery is a 20,000 square foot, state of the art whiskey distillery and contemporary visitor centre located in the Old Mill House on Powerscourt Estate. With the first production of new make spirit in June of 2018 the visitor centre opened its doors in May of 2019 offering a delicious insight into a brand fully operational whiskey distillery.  Guests are guided through a full visitor experience including production processes along with viewing plant facilities, including the distillery’s centrepiece, custom designed copper pot stills from world-renowned Forsyths.

The entrance is through the old Mill house which dates back to the 1730s. The original building has been faithfully restored and extended to accommodate visitor facilities adjoining the production area. Tours also include a visit to the on-site maturation warehouse that is used for filling and storing the whiskey casks.

The Powerscourt Distillery Fercullen Irish Whiskey range of award winning, premium Irish whiskeys includes: Fercullen 8YO Blend, Fercullen 10 Year Old Single Grain Whiskey, Fercullen 14 Year Old Single Malt Whiskey, Fercullen 16YO Cask Strength Marsala finish Limited Edition, Fercullen 18YO single Malt, Fercullen “Five Elements” 18YO Limited Edition 4 cask finish, are available to purchase at www.powerscourtdistillery.com and selected outlets countrywide please check our website for further details. Or email trade@powerscourtdistillery.com

The brand name ‘Fercullen’ is the anglicised name for ‘FeraCulann’ the Gaelic name given to the ancient and strategically important lands that surround and encompass Powerscourt Estate. Literally translated it stands for “Men of Cuala” or “Men of the Wicklow Mountains” the historical context of which has involved several centuries of local discourse, dispute and battle prior to the arrival of peace and calm in the hands of visionary custodians.

Master Distiller Noel Sweeney has received several awards for distilling and whiskey excellence.  He was inducted into The Whisky Magazine ‘Hall of Fame’ in 2017 and currently remains as one of just two Irish distillers to have been recognised in this way. Recently Noel has been recognised with a Chairpersons’ award in recognition for his life time contribution to the Irish Whiskey Industry by the Drinks Association and Irish Whiskey Association.  A “Icon of Whiskey” Master Distiller and Blender of the year (2021) and globally renowned whiskey expert, Noel is passionate about his craft and has released many international award-winning Irish whiskies over the years.  He is a member of the Irish Spirits Association, a founding member of the Irish Whiskey Association and a key contributor to the GI technical file for Irish whiskey, and currently the Chairperson of this technical committee. Noel has devoted over 30 years patiently honing his craft and learning from former masters.  He held a former position as assistant distiller to Gordon Mitchell, the first distiller at the Isle of Arran Distillery, Scotland.

The provenance of the Powerscourt Estate can be traced back to the 9th century, to a territory that stretches across fertile plains and through rugged mountainous terrain.  Known in its native Gaelic tongue as “Fera-Culann” or Fercullen, its location in the foothold of the Wicklow mountains, so close to Dublin, made it a highly valued, strategic place.  Ownership was claimed by numerous factions over the centuries, from the native Clans of O’Toole and O’Byrne, to the Norman house of LePoer, who built a castle there and from whom the estate takes its name.  In the early 17th century, Powerscourt was gifted by Queen Elizabeth I to a favoured army general, Sir Richard Wingfield, an ancestral relative of the Slazenger family who currently hold the Estate.