Review: Powers Gold Label Irish Whiskey / by Jason Hambrey

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American Oak
Grain and Pot Still Whiskies
Distiller Midleton (Midleton, Ireland)

This is the best selling Irish whiskey in Ireland (globally it is Jameson), and it is made at the massive Midleton distillery. Historically, it was a single pot still Irish whiskey but now it is a blended Irish whiskey with some grain whiskey in the mix. It originated in Dublin, and at one time (late 1800s) it was being produced at the massive Dublin distillery on John Lane (900,000 litres per annum) at the time when Dublin distileries were the largest in the world and Irish whiskey was booming. However, after US prohibition Irish whiskey struggled and consolidation saved the industry, which for the past several years has been the fastest growing segment of whisky in the world.

Review (2018)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: L724815684 15:57

  • Bottling Date: 2017

In some ways, it’s rougher than Jameson – but it has a nice rich character to it with more body which I do enjoy. The nose is full of dried fruit – prunes and dried cherries – alongside apple juice and nice spices – clove, star anise, and nutmeg. It works a trick. The palate is spicy, full of toffee and vanilla underneath, and letting you off easy with a sweet and light finish of baked pear, custard, mixed nuts, and black pepper. The baked pear grows and grows. Nice texture. The 43% carries it nicely, and it has a nice oily character to it. There is the oily, grassy, fruity pot still in here too – and I love it. It’s perhaps not the most dominant, but it is at the centre.

A bit rough, but I like it. The grain whisky asserts itself more than I would like, but, hey, it’s still good.

Value: Average, at $40.