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Powers: John’s Lane Release- 12 Year (Irish Single Post Still Whiskey: 12 Year: 46% ABV)

Visual: Medium intensity gold. Fast thick streaks come from the spirit.

Nose: Sherry. General red fruit. Redcurrants. Smooth. Golden syrup touch. Lightly floral. Pencil shavings to heavier oak. Honeyed apricot. Water makes nuttier and adds crushed grains.

Body: Smooth. Honeyed apricot. Light alcohol warmth. Buttery shortbread. Golden Grahams cereal. Slightly rocky notes. Water adds more shortbread. Buttery puff pastry. Slight orange notes. Sherry notes.

Finish: Buttery shortbread. Light alcohol. Viscous sheen. Toffee. Very biscuity. Savoury bready notes. Water adds jelly babies. Dried apricot. Red fruit and sherry trifle.

Conclusion: This is a mix of that Irish whiskey smooth, lighter character combined with a slow building viscosity from the extra abv that gives it a thicker, more gripping sheen over the tongue than would be expected for a lighter whiskey. That extra grip brings some more sturdy expressions of the flavours – which gives a lot to dig into, so let’s examine it and see what we get.

Initially it hits very heavily on the sherry and red fruit notes in the aroma, before settling into a more apricot fruit middle with shortbread to crumbly pasty notes adding to the feel. It is very gentle in feel, very smooth, with a very buttery pastry character that crumbles away to reveal a surprisingly viscous finish that is simple but lasting.

Time lets the viscosity build up and the flavours with it. Water lets the whiskey open and and the notes spread out. In combination that shakes up the experience quite a bit. A simple but smooth whisky now opens to reveal those sherry notes that the aroma promised. Red fruit rounds out the body and finish creating complex pastry dessert imagery.

This is a whiskey that hits a lot of bases. Irish whiskey light and smooth early on that is dangerously easy to drink, it slowly gains mouthfeel over time before becoming viscous and tongue coating by the end that makes it hard to imagine it was ever so light at to almost unnoticeable at the start. The easy going apricot at the start ends up full on shortbread meets sherry trifle by the end, given time and water. This is easy going but ends up very flavoursome, walking the balance between easy going Irish and full on sherry aged fullness.

I am very much impressed.

Background: Think I have tried standard Powers before in a pub, but I’ve not had much experience with it. This is a single pot still whiskey – which if I understand right means it is from a single distillery, and uses a pot still in a similar manner to Scottish malt whisky, but it can use unmalted barley, or even in small amounts other cereal grains in the mash. Feel free to correct me if I am wrong. This was grabbed from Independent Spirit and I put on B. Dolan – House Of Bee’s Vol 2 while drinking. I love the track “Which Side Are You On?” and in general it is a great album. Also, this is my first set of notes done in 2019! Woo, happy new year!

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Red Breast: 12 Year (Irish Single Pot Still Whiskey: 12 Year: 40% ABV)

Visual: Light banana skin to gold.

Viscosity: Generally very slow puckering that barely breaks into streaks.

Nose; Light ripe banana skins. Some alcohol prickle. Shredded wheat. Caramel. Pineapple. Water lightens the aroma.

Body: Still an alcohol touch. Pears in custard. Banana. The alcohol effect picks up over time. Water really mellows the fire and makes the flavour more malt and biscuits styled

Finish: Pear and malt chocolate. Apples. Smooth sheen. Water makes digestive biscuits come out and adds banoffee pie.

Conclusion: After visiting this one many a time I thought I had best review it.  Oddly this sampling found the whiskey the most flavoursome that I have ever tried it. How auspicious.

This has always seemed a slightly fiery whiskey when taken neat, so it took me a bit of time to unveil the flavours within. It isn’t badly burning, but there is a noticeable alcohol element. Water does a great job of dampening the fire, but it does remove some of the high points from the main body. The finish seems bullet proof though and works the best of the whole drink.

I’m getting ahead of myself again though aren’t I? This is a whiskey with a lovely feel, like banana skin. Coincidentally it has the flavour of banana as well which makes for a nice thematic touch. The whole thing is wrapped around a predominantly apple and pear body. In a way it makes me think of what St Georges Whisky may be like when it grows up – we can but see.

It has a good balance of texture and flavour, a lasting sweetness and good fruit elements. Despite the occasional fire it still feels dessert like, the alcoholics cheesecake perhaps.

With water it is very easy to drink and the banana touch complements the green fruit well. The combination givens the result of a thicker flavoured whisky than those elements would usually match. Despite that it never feels heavy; in fact at times the spirit feels like it could easily evaporate from your tongue. Overall a fine fresh whisky, light in feel but not in taste.

Background: Drunk at the Raven. This is part of my attempt to branch back out into Irish Whiskies after not giving them the attention they deserve for a while.  I had a bottle of this a while back and enjoyed it, and since The Raven do nicely over sized measures it seemed like a good time to revisit and see how it holds up to my memory. Investigating the term “Pot Still Whiskey” it seems that it is generally triple distilled but what makes it distinctly “pot still” is that does not use purely malted barley. Ok I copied that off wikipedia, but it hold up with what I had heard before so may not be a complete lie. The term seems odd as best I can tell Single Malt whisky uses pot stills the same as “Pot Still” whiskey so it seems a not overly useful descriptive term. Huh. Maybe I should look into it more.

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