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Powerscourt Distillery unveils limited edition Fercullen “Five Elements” 20-year-old single malt

This eagerly anticipated, rare and composite expression, of just 1,500 bottles, is an exceptional addition to the Fercullen Irish Whiskey range and the prestige Christmas gift of 2021

RRP for this edition, limited to just 1,500 bottles, is €220 and is available online and from selected retailers now.

 
Following the glowing reception and success of the 2020 release of the first “Five Elements” 18-year-old malt, master distiller Noel Sweeney has unveiled his latest expression of the “Five Elements” series, limited to just 1,500 bottles.
 
The “Five Elements” include: 
  • A single distillery source. 
  • Two types of oak maturation; American White Oak and European Oak 
  • Four different finishing casks; Oloroso Sherry, Pedro Ximenez, Marsala and Muscatel
  • Five styles; Oloroso Sherry, Pedro Ximenez, Marsala, Muscatel and Bourbon casks 
  • The globally recognised touch and blending expertise of master distiller Noel Sweeney.
This 20-year-old single malt whiskey is a marriage of five different cask styles, expertly combined by Noel Sweeney to form a genuinely complex and distinctive whiskey. Noel’s legendary experience has been applied to ensure that different proportions of each style lend balance and expression to each of the Five Elements within this 20-year-old single malt Irish whiskey. 
 
16-year-old bourbon barrel matured malt whiskey has been finished for four years in a variety of Oloroso sherry, Pedro Ximenez, Marsala and Muscatel casks, before marrying together with 20-year-old Bourbon matured single malt. Five styles expertly combined by a master’s touch, producing a symphony of flavour in this rare and inimitable single malt Irish whiskey.
 
“For our 2021 release of the “Five Elements,” I wanted to further develop the inimitable composite expression standards set in our first release of “Five Elements”. 
 
Selecting rare 16-year-old single malt whiskey stocks and carefully decanting into Oloroso Sherry, Pedro Ximenez, Marsala and Muscatel casks - these characteristics were infused over four years. This liquid was then married with 20-year-old bourbon barrel matured single malt in the perfect proportions to create a genuinely complex, flavoursome and special whiskey, which is a pleasure to drink,” says Noel. 
Master distiller Noel Sweeney
Master distiller Noel Sweeney
Master distiller Noel Sweeney commented; “Creating the second in our “Five Elements series has been a delightful sensory journey and 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 extraordinary.”
 
Bottled at 46% ABV, non-chill filled, Fercullen Five Elements 20-year-old Limited Edition is available online at www.PowerscourtDistillery.com from and at selected off-licences around the country. RRP for this edition, limited to just 1,500 bottles, is €220.
 

Official tasting notes:

Nose: Malt, citrus, boiled sweets, vanilla and honey with a twist of lemon, ripe fruits, plums, raisins, cinnamon, tropical fruits, pineapple, mango, banana, oak and a hint of nuttiness. 
 
Taste: Layer upon layer of smooth silky sweet malt, orange, fruit cocktail, chocolate, Christmas cake, tropical fruit and red grape skins. Waves of complexity and taste. 
 
Finish: Long-lasting sweetness from ripe fruits and cream with a velvet texture almost mouth-watering to finish. 
 

More gifting ideas from Powerscourt Distillery with Christmas Hampers 

 
Powerscourt Distillery Delicious Whiskey & Food Pairing Hampers return for Christmas 2021. Experience the decadent and indulgent Fercullen Irish Whiskey & Food Pairing hampers. After a sell-out success in 2020 these will be top of the Christmas lists this year. 
  
After a sell-out roaring success last year, Powerscourt Distillery are delighted to announce that their decedent and indulgent food and whiskey pairing hampers are back for Christmas 2021. The food and whiskey pairing originally started as a Distillery tour, however it proved so popular that last year they put together the hampers in time for the Christmas gifting market. Santina Kennedy is the Distillery's in-house Food Historian and Food & Beverage Specialist, created a hamper comprising of superb high-quality Irish produce Powerscourt Distillery can now offer this authentic Irish experience to a wider audience. The Hampers priced at €100 are available from the Powerscourt Distillery website.
 
The appreciation of Irish whiskey along with the traditions of hospitality are celebrated in the Fercullen whiskey & food pairing hampers. These hampers are not only for the discerning whiskey drinker but the new whiskey drinker who wants to enjoy, be educated, and experience a different way to enjoy the spirit of Ireland in a most delicious way.
 
With mouth-watering meats from the Wooded Pig, Olly’s Farm local honey courtesy of Powerscourt Estate, Wicklow Ban Cheese and Fercullen Whiskey Chocolates making up just some of the goodies, the hampers deliver an authentic Irish gift for that special someone. Each hamper comes with a QR code that gives the recipient a link to watch a pre-recorded presentation with Santina on how to enjoy your whiskey tasting and food pairing journey.
 
Inspired by the collection Santina has carefully selected the highest quality Irish foods to complement the range. Santina holds an MA in Gastronomy and Food Studies from TU Dublin. She has drawn on her research into Irish food and beverage culture and on her years of experience running her own award-winning Irish food business to create this unique hamper.  As a champion of local and Irish food producers, Santina has perfectly matched the 8-year-old, 10-year-old and 14-year-old award winning Fercullen whiskeys with some of the most delicious food pairings. This is a marriage made in gastronomy heaven. 
 
Fercullen Five Elements 20-year-old Limited Edition is available online at www.PowerscourtDistillery.com from and at selected off-licences around the country.