Nose: Signature pot still coming from the unmalted grain along with sweet honey and some oak spiciness.
Taste: Light and zesty with good pot still flavours, with honey and fruits.
Finish: Long, lingering and often requires repeating!
An old classic with a great history has been recently reformulated. Powers Gold Label has largely stuck to the old recipe that once made it Ireland’s best selling whiskey, but it is now bottled at 43.2%. It contains 70-80% medium pot still whiskey and is not as heavy as you might expect with such large amounts of pot still. The barley used is malted, then dried in enclosed kilns, so none of the smokey flavour is retained in the whiskey. The malted barley is then combined with unmalted barley and triple distilled before maturation in old bourbon casks. This is a distillate driven whiskey and is matured in a portion of refill casks, meaning there is less cask derived flavour than other whiskeys.
Internet rumours would have you believe that this is not really a sipping drink, but the 3 swallows are a mark of quality and not the recommended way to drink Powers!“
A slightly different breed. This is not about the minute difference in strength…this is also about the weight distribution and flavour pace. It is a subtly different blend…and all the better for it…Make no mistake: this is truly classic Irish.” 96 Points- Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible 2018.
Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible: 96 Points (2018)
San Francisco World Spirits Competition: Gold Medal 2018
International Wine & Spirit competition: Silver Medal (Deluxe Blend) 2014
James Power established the John’s Lane Distillery in Dublin in 1791, with his son joining the business around 1800. In 1817 John Power took over the company and the whiskey has been known as John Power and Son ever since. In 1866 Powers became one of the first distillers in the world to start bottling their own whiskey, with each bottle adorned by a gold label of authenticity which is where the name comes from for the most popular variety.
Originally a Single Pot Still whiskey (in common with most old Irish Whiskey brands), it was changed to a blend in the 1960’s. In 1975 John Powers and Son whiskey became the last of the big Dublin distillers to move out of the city, to Midleton in Co Cork, where it continues to be made to this day. A whiskey with a great history, it was once the top selling whiskey in Ireland and in parts of the country it still outsells Jameson.
Producer Irish Distillers Style Blend of Single Pot Still and Grain Whiskeys. Age No Age Statement Volume 70CL ABV 43.2%