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Powers Gold Label Irish Whiskey (700ml)
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- ABV 43.2%
96 points - Jim Murray
90 points - whiskyadvocate.com, reviewed by: Jonny McCormick (Fall 2019) James Power was originally a coaching innkeeper of Thomas Street in Dublin, when in 1791 he founded a small distillery by converting the hostelry into a distillery. By the turn of the century James was joined in the business by his son John. By 1809 the business had become a limited company under the name of John Power and Son with the father remaining in charge. In 1871 the distillery was rebuilt in classic Victorian style occupying almost 7 acres. It was one of Dublin's most impressive sights employing approximately 300 people. The last member of the Board with the Power name was Sir Thomas Talbot Power who died in 1936, although ownership remained in the family through his sisters. Powers remained a leading player in the industry until 1966 when they merged with the only two remaining distillers in the Irish republic, Cork Distillers Company and their long time rivals John Jameson & Son. Together these three distilleries formed the Irish Distillers Group. In 1989 the Pernod Ricard empire successfully bid against Gilbey's and Guinness-Cantrell-Cochran to become the new owners of the Irish Distillers Group which also includes Bushmills Distillery in the North of Ireland bought by the group in the 1970's. On Pernod Ricard's success the last four members of the old distilling families of Dublin and Cork resigned.
Powers was the first Whiskey company to sell their whiskey in miniature bottles called 'Baby Powers'. Today, Powers is one of the top selling Irish whiskeys sold in Ireland. Originally a pure pot still it is now produced at the Midleton Distillery in County Cork as a blend of triple distilled pot still and grain whiskeys.