Powerscourt Distillery recently celebrated its first anniversary as a fully operating whiskey distillery by opening its visitor centre in the Old Mill House on Powerscourt Estate. Dating back to the 1730s, the original building has now been faithfully restored and extended to accommodate visitor facilities adjoining the production area. An on-site maturation warehouse that is used for filling and storing whiskey casks completes the visitor experience, and all are now open for tours, tastings and events. An official distillery launch and opening ceremony is planned to take place later this year.
Speaking about the development, Alex Peirce, Managing Director said “The opening of our visitor centre marks an important stage in an unfolding whiskey story on Powerscourt Estate. Everything from grain intake, milling, mashing, fermenting, distilling, cask filling and maturation takes place here. The visitor centre provides a tremendous environment to learn about all these processes while taking in also the rich local history and natural beauty of this location.”
Set against the backdrop of the Great Sugarloaf Mountain and drawing from an underground lake of pure water that lies beneath the Estate, Powerscourt sets the perfect stage for distilling Irish whiskey. With over thirty years of distilling experience, Master Distiller Noel Sweeney oversees all aspects of liquid production and release by the distillery. A globally recognised expert who has already been credited for the release of many international award-winning whiskeys, Noel was inducted into Whisky Magazine’s celebrated ‘Hall of Fame’ in 2017.
The new visitor centre is home to an intimate AV theatre, six carefully appointed tasting rooms, a gift shop and café bar with seating areas. Mindful restoration has incorporated modern facilities in a design that respects the history of the Old Mill building. To the outside, the original bell that was used to herald a daily lunch break to workers in distant fields has been retained, while inside, the Old Mill water turbine has been preserved under a glass floor as part of the visitor experience.
Distillery tours last 50 minutes and offer deep insights into all aspects of whiskey production. Distillery and Maturation Warehouse tours take longer and include a visit to the on-site filling and maturation facilities. Both tours include whiskey tastings of Powerscourt’s recently released Fercullen Whiskey expressions.
Offering well-appointed and beautifully designed private meeting rooms and event spaces, the Powerscourt Distillery Visitor Centre is also available for private hire, custom tours, tastings and corporate events. For enquiries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Powercourt Distillery and Visitor Centre is open daily, Monday to Saturday from 9.45am to 6pm and Sundays from 11.45pm to 6pm, last admission 5.30pm. For further details, please visit www.powerscourtdistillery.com/distillery-tours.