What do game nights with friends bring? Well lots of alcohol of course, followed by buffoonery, competitiveness, laughter and fun. I’ve always said that the best drams I’ve shared, I’ve shared with friends. At a recent game night, deep into the evening, my friend Matt brings out Powers. Now prior to this instance I had never had Powers before.
For those that are new to whiskey drinking or aren’t familiar with Powers, it is an Irish whiskey which was first founded back in 1791. An interesting tidbit is that I was the first Dublin distillery to bottle its own product. Powers also triple distills their whiskey. If you aren’t familiar with triple distilling, it means distilling the product three times, this takes it an extra step further than regular standards. This extra step makes the whiskey more concentrated and pure.
According to their site, what also sets them apart is that they “cut more from the top and tail of the second and third charges taking only the heart of the distillate.” You can read more of this on their site at: http://www.powerswhiskey.com
In their range they have the Gold Label, Signature Release Single Pot Still and their 12 year-old John’s Lane Release. Now here is the thing about Powers Gold Label, this little Irish whiskey is extremely affordable. A bottle costs approximately $15-$25. I am actually thinking this is the cheapest product I have reviewed in my blog thus far.
I’ll be honest, when I was told how much it was and after having spend the earlier hours in the evening drinking some amazing Japanese whisky, I wasn’t sure this would be a whiskey I’d enjoy, however this whiskey matured in American Oak casks proved me wrong. I enjoyed it! I was actually shocked on how much I enjoyed it.
Nose: Fruit and spices
Palate: It was crisp! I got notes of spices and vanilla
Finish: It was smooth and I found it to be extremely light.
In the past I have purchased a bottles of whiskies that were affordable but weren’t very good in taste (live and learn). Those are now whiskies that I use for mixers. Powers Gold Label on the other hand is a cheap whiskey that actually tastes good and is enjoyable.
If you find yourself pressed for money but still want to enjoy a nice Irish whiskey, then I would recommend giving this one a try. It won’t break the bank and I think you might like the light and smoothness of it.
Cheers and have a great weekend!
Note: The contents on my blog are solely my opinion. To me every palate is different! Although I may or may not like a product, I always recommend for people to try it and make up their own minds.