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Dublin Airport marks 75 years with limited edition whiskey

Aer Rianta International (ARI) has partnered with Powers Whisky to create a limited edition pot still whiskey to celebrate Dublin Airport’s 75th anniversary.

DAA alcohol retail category manager, Rachel Cartwright, with Dublin Airport managing director, Vincent Harrison showcasing Dublin Airport’s 75th Anniversary limited edition Powers Aviation Whiskey in front of the airport’s original passenger terminal.
DAA alcohol retail category manager, Rachel Cartwright, with Dublin Airport managing director, Vincent Harrison showcasing Dublin Airport’s 75th Anniversary limited edition Powers Aviation Whiskey in front of the airport’s original passenger terminal.

The Powers Aviation edition is exclusively available at the Irish Whiskey Collection at The Loop, Dublin Airport. A single cask whiskey, the release is limited to 176 bottles.

Encased in a black wooden presentation box, the packaging depicts the airport’s original passenger terminal on both the outer pack and label.

“The Irish Whiskey Collection at The Loop is hugely popular with Irish and overseas visitors and is the world’s best Irish whiskey shop,” said Dublin Airport managing director, Vincent Harrison.

“This fantastic commemorative product, which is only available at Dublin Airport, further enriches the Irish Whiskey Collection’s unrivalled range and is a fitting celebration of Dublin Airport’s 75th birthday.”

Barry Fitzpatrick, senior marketing manager, Irish Distillers, added: “Powers Aviation Release has been produced specially for DAA (Dublin Airport Authority) to mark the 75th anniversary of Dublin Airport.

“It honours the whiskey-making style of the era when the Powers family would have worked in partnership with ARI’s predecessor Aer Rianta, to make their whiskey available at duty free prices, to departing air travellers.”

Powers Aviation Release is described as a “robust and powerful spicy whiskey, with a touch of sweet honeycomb fading into earthy leather”. The heavy pot still distillate it is made from was a standard style in the 1940s.

Dublin Airport was officially opened on 19 January 1940 when the first commercial flight, operated by an Aer Lingus Lockheed 14 aircraft, departed for Liverpool Airport.

Construction on the Dublin Airport site began in 1937, and the original passenger terminal followed in the summer of 1938. The terminal building, which is celebrated in the packaging of the commemorative whiskey, was designed by Desmond FitzGerald, an elder brother of the former Taoiseach, Dr Garret FitzGerald.

The curved structure, was designed to cater for just 100,000 passengers a year. Its tiered structure echoed the lines of a great ocean liner and won a number of architectural awards.

ARI opened a revamped Irish Whiskey Collection at Dublin Airport’s T1 in June.

 

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