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Powerscourt Distillery Unveils Fercullen 18-Year-Old Single Malt of “Five Elements”

Yesterday evening, Powerscourt Distillery unveiled a Very Special Limited Edition, Fercullen 18-Year-Old Single Malt of “Five Elements”

Limited to 1,500 bottles only, the eagerly anticipated “Five Elements” 18-year-old addition to the Fercullen range is a  truly complex, flavoursome & unique whiskey for the discerning whiskey enthusiast.


November 12th 2020 sees the launch of the eagerly anticipated limited-release 18-year-old single malt Fercullen from Powerscourt Distillery. Following the release of the original Fercullen 18-year-old in 2019, Master Distiller Noel Sweeney, today unveiled his latest “Five Elements” expression of just 1,500 bottles.

According to sources, the “Five Elements” include: 

1) A single distillery source. 

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.

Producing a truly complex, flavoursome and unique whiskey, 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.

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 compilation. 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, “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”.

Bottled at 46% ABV, Fercullen Five Elements 18-year-old Limited Edition will be available online at from the 12th of November and at selected off-licences around the country. 

RRP for this edition limited to just 1,500 bottles is €180.

Official tasting notes:

Nose: Initial top notes of boiled sweets, vanilla and honey intertwined with a twist of lemon, and sweet orchard ripe fruits, plums, raisins, cinnamon, complemented 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.

** Press release courtesy of MASONRY PR


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