‘Whiskey by the Fireside’ at The Merchant Hotel

14th October 2016

‘Whiskey by the Fireside’ at The Merchant Hotel


On Wednesday 12th October we kicked off our first ‘Whiskey by the Fireside’ event at The Merchant Hotel in Belfast. This evening was dedicated to the Powers family of whiskeys.

The evening began with a cocktail demonstration of the classic Old Fashioned, using Powers Gold Label. Whilst guests sipped on their own handy-work we took them on a brief journey through the history and production of Irish Whiskey – with a focus on Pot Still Irish Whiskey.

We covered everything from grain to glass; ingredients, distillation and maturation – including samples of Pot Still, ex-Bourbon and sherry cask spirits, showing the important influence wood has on the spirit.

After covering production, we moved on to tasting the range of Irish Whiskeys. We began with Powers Gold Label – a rich and spicy blended Irish whiskey, and true classic amongst the whiskeys of Ireland.

After Powers Gold Label we progressed to Powers Three Swallow Release – a classic example of the single Pot Still style whiskey which made the Powers brand famous around the world.

Our final whiskey of the evening was the highly acclaimed Powers John’s Lane Release – a rich, earthy and spicy single Pot Still whiskey aged for no less than 12 years.

The tasting concluding with something a bit special from our distillery, that money can’t buy! Our guests enjoyed tasting a 7 year old pot still from a first fill ex Bourbon barrel, bottled at cask strength. It was pretty incredible and a perfect insight into the spirit that makes Powers Irish Whiskey.

Congratulations to Gareth Croan, the Whiskey Club member who won our competition, and thanks to all who attended, and The Merchant Hotel for having us!

Keep your eyes peeled here for future Whiskey Club events.