O’Connells in Eyre Square, Galway, is releasing an exclusive bottling of Powers 12-year-old Single Cask Whiskey, available only at the bar.

The opportunity to release an exclusive bottling came on the back of several visits to the Midleton Distillery in Cork, home of Powers Whiskey. The team at O’Connells began discussing the idea with the distillers at Midleton, which then led to a selection process for finding the perfect cask for the venture.

With the help and guidance of the Midleton distillers, the O’Connells team ended up choosing a pot still Irish whiskey.

“We managed to whittle down the final line up to five whiskeys from five single casks. These casks were all over 12 years old, some even longer. For our final tasting and selection day, we came back to our bar off Eyre Square, our choice of cask was fairly unanimous,” explained Paul Flanagan of O’Connells.

This cask was originally laid down to mature on the grounds of Midleton in 2007, released and bottled in 2021 and now available in 2022.

On the nose drinkers can expecte toasted oak, sweetness of toffee and caramel along with the subtleness of fig. The first taste has a silky texture with spices coming in gently at first then gradually building up. Touches of dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans and nuttiness hit the taste buds. On the finish the oak notes slowly fade allowing the sweet and nutty tones to linger until the end.

O’Connells Powers 12-year-old Single Cask Release (€295) is available to buy from the bar in Eyre Square. For more information pop into the bar.

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