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Powers 12-year-old

Overall rating
84.57/100
votes
164
Category
Single Pot Still
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
John's Lane Release
Bottled
2011
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
American Oak, Iberian Oak
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L133231438
Barcode
5011007001919
Added on
28 May 2011 4:10 pm
ColoredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 55,64

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Whisky Reviews for Powers 12-year-old

31 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.57 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    One of the better standard bottlings of Irish pot still. Around 55 EUR (although I recently saw it in Germany for less than 40 EUR). It’s worth it.
    • Nose
      The nose is very light and fruity on banana, apricots, pineapple and sultanas. Some melon. Loads of caramel and honey and even a whiff of diesel oil (not an off-note). Freshly sawn planks and some wood glue. Mint! Very fresh and nice.
    • Taste
      The body is rather weak, but the taste is ok. Sultanas and rum raisins, apricots and oranges and even some kiwi. Add some allspice and a touch of oak for a slight bitterness. Good continuation of the nose. Far from complex, but very tasty.
    • Finish
      The finish is surprisingly long. The fruit turns candied, while the spices linger.

  2. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Only since 2011 on the market, now a classic. Full and complex body, great earthy and fruity pot still notes. So he can not quite reach his contemporaries, the Red Breast 12 YO, though he is nominally 46% ahead of him in terms of alcohol strength. But still: A wonderful pot still whiskey.
    • Nose
      Red ripe berries, leather, tobacco. Dark chocolate, bedded on earth. Malt. A wonderful pot still nose.
    • Taste
      Full and creamy. Creamy honey, dark chocolate. Dried logs. The taste of a toffee candy. At the back comes strong malt notes with a shot of honey.
    • Finish
      Again, this great, long-lasting creaminess.

  3. Romansen scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  4. whiskyd scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      77 77

  5. WSP scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. midnite scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A definite upgrade vis-à-vis the regular Powers ("Gold Label") and well worth the extra 10-15 bucks you need to shell out for it. This is in a different league and way more mature.
    In character, highly reminiscent of Yellow Spot, Midleton's rival 12-year-old, albeit less fruity and slightly more affordable, and, I dare say: inferior. Though this is similarly cask-driven and focused on woody aromatics and pot still spiciness (it's almost rye-like in its emphasis on bitter spice), it's also less well-rounded and assured, with an alcoholic twinge that hasn't been fully integrated. It's still good stuff, don't get me wrong, and I'd have this over many other Irish whiskies any day of the week, but for me, this isn't a repeat purchase, whereas Yellow Spot most certainly is, even though it's more expensive (upwards of 50 €).

  7. DenisL scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Balance sheet (21) Very tasty, dense whiskey ... too sweet ... (87)
    • Nose
      Liqueur, fresh slice of green apple ... sweet lacquer ... vanilla and gingerbread .. orange .. banana ... lavender ... tree (22)
    • Taste
      The taste is dense, lacquer and spices ... dates and a tree (22)
    • Finish
      Finish varnish, spicy, fruity ... caramel ... melon ... pear ... sugary vanilla (22)

  8. AdelphosHume scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A little bit of water (about a teaspoon to 40 ml) and some time (about 10-20 mins.) help open this one up a bit. They bring out the sweeter notes and tone down the astringent green notes, but it does take a bit of the range away from the palate. A solid example of what Irish single pot still whiskey can offer.
    • Nose
      Sour grain, birch syrup, citrus, rising dough, oak char and a touch of baking spices, damp decomposing grass and hay, dry basil and pepper, and a solventy oily citrus zest.
    • Taste
      Spicy cereal grains and citrus malt, slightly under-ripe green fruits (guavas, pears, and jujubes), a touch of cinnamon bark, chocolate covered candied orange peel, and strong cherry cordials.
    • Finish
      Bitter chocolate, a touch of pepper, espresso, winey tannins, and a lingering bitter-sweet raisin. 

  9. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A great Irishman for the young age, would be a little less noticeable from the alcohol and young age, I would be completely blown away! Especially for the price fantastic fruity.
    • Nose
      Very fruity nose, like pure apple juice mixed in alcohol, pickled fruits of various kinds, juicy-red pear, apricot, fresh hay, vanilla, some nice sweet malt, shortbread, in between a bit of alcohol smell
    • Taste
      The massive apple is right back, red as well as green, the red outweighs, the red pear, beer malt and hops, fresh hay, apricot, honey with light herbs, oak chips, light tobacco box is also present and young leather, apricot and Apple with malt are the dominant trio
    • Finish
      Dry, apple, butter biscuit, malt, light oak chips, fruity, medium-long, apricot with kernel

  10. JacobaEd scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

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