This week our Irish Whiskey News features articles on Powers Three Swallows being available to buy in the USA and planned McKillen Distillery in Monasterevin suffers a setback.
So let’s see what’s been happening this week in our Irish whiskey news.
Powers, a mainstay Irish whiskey brand expanding its reach in the US, is offering another expression, Powers Three Swallow, to American whiskey lovers.
Founded by innkeeper James Power in 1791, Powers was one of the first Irish whiskey brands to bottle its whiskey, and Powers Gold Label has long been a top-selling whiskey in Ireland. Their foray into the American market is relatively recent, with Three Swallow being the latest expression sold in the US.
Powers Three Swallow single pot still whiskey is made at the Midleton Distillery (owned by Pernod) in County Cork with a mash of malted and unmalted barley and triple distilled in copper pot stills. It starts ageing in used bourbon barrels (2nd and 3rd fill), then finishes in ex-sherry casks. The whiskey’s official tasting notes are as follows:
At first sip, the initial taste delivers rich, smooth nutty flavours followed by a wave of green apple and citrus notes, with a touch of cedar wood for extra complexity. Spicy sweetness floats atop, balanced with a hint of sherry notes, leading to a crisp cereal finish with notes of toasted oak.
Powers Three Swallow is available in liquor stores nationwide and is priced around $40-45 per bottle.
Kildare County Council planning officials have returned proposals for an Irish whiskey distillery on the site of Monasterevin’s Ballykelly Mill to Paddy McKillen’s Jewel filed Ltd firm, saying that the planning application is invalid.
The Irish Independent reports that officials took issue with the failure of the proposal’s site notice to mention the “Natura Impact Statement” included by McKillen as part of his application.
McKillen’s plan is being supported by an investment from Bono and, if approved, will involve an initial outlay of €50 million for a proposed distillery, visitor centre, tasting rooms and event spaces on the site of Ballykelly Mill. McKillen asserted, “We’re restoring a beautiful 200-year-old mill and reviving Monasterevin’s rich heritage in producing the finest whiskey going right back to the 18th century. We have assembled an amazing team of world-leading experts and we will produce a world-class product.”
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