Powers John's Lane Release 12 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey (700ml)

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Powers John's Lane Release 12 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey (700ml)

County Cork, IRELAND
$125.00 Bottle
  • ABV 46%

96.5 points from Jim Murray and unanimous acclaim as one of the very best Irish Whiskey releases in recent years. Take advantage of this special direct import price.

As of 2015 there are only four distilleries in Ireland with mature whiskey stocks, and four new distilleries in operation whose stocks are not yet fully matured. Meanwhile, the popularity of Irish whiskey is growing at an unprecedented rate. Ireland's Minister for Agriculture and Food, Simon Coveney, said recently: "Irish whiskey brands now represent the fastest growing spirit globally, with investment of €1 billion planned over a 10-year period". In fact, there are around twenty distilleries either being planned or being built in Ireland to cater for the expected 300% growth by 2030. The mammoth demand has inevitably led some to conclude that a supply shortage is imminent. Will Ireland follow the same path as Japan and Scotland, repositioning its prestige labels as reduced age / NAS (no age statment) releases? Are Irish classics destined to be compromised by a disproportionate inclusion of younger material? Time will tell...

This single pot still incarnation of Powers is named for the now-defunct old Powers distillery. Using a pot still distillate which is true to the original style of John's Lane, the whiskey has been matured for not less than 12 years, mainly in first fill American bourbon casks, with a small contribution from whiskies matured in Oloroso sherry butts.

Tasting note: The brilliant, brassy gold colour is pleasure to behold. A typically robust, Irish pot still note of oily richness is replaced by gorgeous lifted, sweet, floral scents, mostly apple/pear fruit strudel and vanilla wafer delivered with sublime purity. Whisper light entry is svelte-smooth building into a superb, fruity, semi sweet profile with a dazzling, pure delivery of ripe pear followed by vanilla wafer and gently pulsing spices adding depth. Text book balance, as the palate concludes clean, juicy and fresh, like biting into perfectly ripened fruit. Drying, nashi pear, vanilla aftertaste buzzes with staying power, before tailing off into a dried coconut, cocoa and vanilla fade. Just so pure and poised. A must-try Irish whiskey experience. 46% Alc./Vol.

Other reviews... Wow! Could this be the greatest comeback since Rocky climbed back in the ring and showed the young upstarts who was the boss? It’s taken Irish Distillers a long time to respond to the pounding it’s taken from Cooley but it’s back in the ring with two wonderful pot still whiskeys. This is the better of the two, a whopping oily, woody package of classic pot still Irishness. The green fruits tumble over tannin and spice like frisky puppies. Editor's Choice. 94 points - www.maltadvocate.com (Vol. 20, #3) Reviewed by: Dominic Roskrow. 

...Unmistakable. Unique. Utopian...Certainly one of the top five world whiskies of the year." 96.5 points - Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2013