Review: Powers 12 Years Old John Lane Release Irish Whiskey / by Jason Hambrey

First and Second Fill Ex-Bourbon; Oloroso Sherry Casks
100% Pure Pot Still
Distiller Midleton (Midleton, Ireland)

This is another example of pot still whisky from Midleton (who make, a variety of pot still whiskies), this one a bit different than Redbreast which is the classic example. It is named after John Lane, the massive distillery which Powers founded and one of the huge distilleries which at one time made Dublin the capital of whisk(e)y production in the world.

Review (2019)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2018

Spicy, dried stone fruits, apricots, and loads of rich fruit. A nice bit of umami, too – there is a good bit of nice, sweet oak underpinning this. The palate is rich, with more stone fruit, oak, and loads of pear and spice towards the finish. Vanilla, oak, spice, banana, and white pepper control the finish.

The finish is where this one really comes through. The palate builds in richness – with peach and dried apricot building, alongside some toffee, into a flourish of orchard fruit, a growing earthiness, vanilla, and oak.

I really like the richness, spiciness, and balance of this whisky. It is bigger than Redbreast, in a good way, and, to me, fits well in the Power’s style.

I like this more than the Redbreast 12 – it is a bit oakier, a bit bigger, and I like the oaky richness.

Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher). This is particularly recommended if you like pure pot still Irish whiskies. They are hard to find and mostly all made at Midleton, although the category is being revived. I quite like unmalted grains, so it’s rather fun…

Value: Average. A good whisky for a decent price.