In a world saturated with bottle after bottle of Jameson, Bushmills and Tullamore Dew, it’s hard to find something different to sample. Any trip to a local liquor store is telling: the Irish section is usually the smallest. However, the gems are there. And we drink them for you. It’s a solemn duty, really. In fact, the Irish category has seen a happy revival in recent years and thankfully our friends on the Emerald Isle are sending some fantastic bottles over to us.
Namely, Powers John’s Lane Release is one of those gems that adds individuality to the category. John’s Lane is a single pot still Irish whiskey (similar to Single Malt, all the spirit is from one pot still from one distillery) that joins Redbreast 12 as a leader in the emerging top shelf single pot still market for Irish whiskey. John’s Lane is a 12 year old spirit primarily aged in refilled American oak casks with a portion aged in Oloroso sherry butts. At 46%, we expect flavor in abundance with plenty of rounded edges at 12 years of age. Let’s see if the mighty six of the SWC agree if that goal is reached…
SWC Group Review
Nose-Rich grain, sweet. Vanilla sweetness up front from that lovely American oak. Touch of caramel. Sugared pepper, spicy undertones. Almonds, raisins, dates.
Taste- Nice feel, oily and creamy to start. Sweet moves to a sour citrus peel. Apricot with grain.
Finish- Medium length. Strong with a bit of heat. Sweet with coconut, almonds, vanilla sweetness. Again some sour tones.
Comment- While we agreed that John’s Lane was Powers best by far, not all arrived at the same level of satisfaction. Nice flavors, but some hoped for a more explosive showing given the price. Such is life when six different people attack one bottle.
SWC Rating- 82/100
Average Retail $70.00
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