A UNIQUE DISTILLERY IN AN EXTRAORDINARY LOCATION
Formerly the hub of all farming activity on the Estate, the Old Mill House is being faithfully restored and extended to help accommodate the distillery’s development. Steeped in history and built using local Wicklow granite, the bell that adorns the northern west wall was originally used to herald the daily lunch break to workers in distant fields.
Being one of the older buildings on the Estate, it boasts an ancient water mill deep in its foundations.
Three custom-designed copper pot stills form the Distillery centrepiece. Uniquely shaped by skilled craftsmen, these copper stills are made in much the same way as they were in the 1800’s when the Mill House was in daily use. Powerscourt Distillery has been custom designed and commissioned by Forsyths, a 5th-generation family owned business from Scotland who have been manufacturing distillery equipment since the 1890’s.
The Powerscourt Distillery Visitor Centre includes six individual tasting rooms, gift shop and café facilities.
Open: Monday to Friday 11:30am to 5pm and Saturday/Sunday 12:00pm to 5pm. Last admission 4.30pm.
Tour Times: Monday to Friday 12:00pm & 3pm and Saturday/Sunday 12:30pm & 3:30pm.
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MASTER DISTILLER NOEL SWEENEY
Dedication and perseverance meet with the expertise of Master Distiller Noel Sweeney at The Powerscourt Distillery. Learning from former masters, Noel has since become a globally recognised expert who has devoted some 30+ years patiently honing his unique skills in this ancient of crafts.
Passionate about his work and the production of the very finest of new spirit, Noel has been credited for the release of many international award-winning Irish whiskies over the years. He was inducted into Whisky Magazine’s ‘Hall of Fame’ in 2017 and is one of only two Irish distillers ever to have been recognised in this way. Noel is a member of the Irish Spirits Association, a founding member of Irish Whiskey Association and a key contributor to the Irish Whiskey GI technical file.
All aspects of spirit production and whiskey maturation fall under Noel’s careful supervision at Powerscourt Distillery. Being the home to many a unique harmony, Powerscourt sets the perfect stage for long conversations between spirit and wood.
PowersCourt has introduced and exciting Cask Program! Imagine owning your own cask in Ireland, sleeping in the warehouse, wait patiently for you to enjoy. Contact for more info at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Name of Distillery: Powerscourt Distillery, Powerscourt Estate, Enniskerry, Wicklow
Year distillery founded: 2016
Capacity at full production: 800k-1M LPA
Style of whiskey: Single Malt & Pot Still, Grain
Master distiller: Noel Sweeney
Tour options/ availability: Yes.
History/backstory: The idea for Powerscourt Distillery came to Enniskerry man Gerry Ginty while he was working in UK. Through his brother-in-law, Ashley Gardiner, he received initial support and the pair succeeded in securing planning permission for a distillery on the Powerscourt Estate. A chance meeting between Ashley and a former classmate (current CFO) Roger Duggan led to the introduction of Alex (CEO) and Mike Peirce (Chairman) - both of whom have been involved with Isle of Arran Distillery in Scotland since its formation in 1995. A new plan emerged and with the impetus of experience, sound financial planning and involvement of Powerscourt Estate’s Slazenger family, the current project took shape. Award-winning Master Distiller, Noel Sweeney, joined in January 2017… exciting times ahead.
The plant will include:
3 Grain silos
2.5Te Mash tun
3 Copper Pot stills (2 with boil balls)
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Powerscourt House & Gardens
Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow, Ireland