It was 12noon, the mother-in-law had been here for a full day and a half so nobody could blame me for hitting the whiskey.
Thankfully I’ve got a brand new distillery down the road in one of my favourite spots here in Co. Wicklow, Powercourt Estate.
I’d heard all about what they were planning when I stayed over a year last Spring and am delighted to say that it is a fantastic addition to the hotel, the gardens, the centre… heck, everything,
There’s a tour for €20 which will let you in on the whole distilling process and I dare say that there will be whiskey at the end of it.
There’s also a fantastic and well-priced cafe too and a shop where you can buy the water of life and various whiskey-related products.
And the uisce bertha… well, I tried the Fercullen 14-year-old single malt (€92.95) which Niall told me was smoky. I’d say its not as peaty as Connemara or my own favourites the Islay whiskies and had a slight sweetness but it was certainly what the medical man ordered.
Before I developed my palate and got a few bob in my pocket I was wont to drink a Scotch blend Bell’s which was in every supermarket and off that you’d go into.
So I couldn’t pass up this opportunity to pull an imaginary rope on a very real 18th century outside the old Mill which is now the distillery.
Visit www.powerscourtdistillery.,com. And Powerscourt House & Gardens www.powerscourt.com. And Powerscourt Hotel. www.powerscourthotel.com.
And get out to the rest of the county. www.visitwicklow.ie.
And now that I’ve warmed myself up I’m digging out my review from Powerscourt from last year. https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/flowerscourt/(opens in a new tab) And the gardens https://jimmurtytraveltraveltravel.com/how-the-seasons-pass/.
Now this might be a case of drinking down to the top of the label.
TOAST YOU ON THE ROAD