Powers 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Pot Still
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
John's Lane Release
Stated Age
12 years old
American Oak, Iberian Oak
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
28 May 2011 4:00 pm

Average value

€ 70.34

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294 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Powers 12-year-old

48 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.65 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 Redbreast 12 YO, although he is nominally 46% ahead of him in terms of alcohol strength.
    But still: A wonderful pot still whiskey.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Red ripe berries, leather, tobacco.
      Dark chocolate, bedded on earth.
      A wonderful pot still nose.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Full and creamy.
      Creamy honey, dark chocolate.
      Dried logs.
      The taste of a toffee candy.
      At the back come strong malt notes with a shot of honey.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Again, this great, long-lasting creaminess.

  3. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Very sweet, lots of pot still spiciness, subtle fruit, rather butterscotch sweetness. Very nice pot still, though not as deep as a redbreast.

  4. thijs100 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Excellent and moreish Irish single pot still whiskey from Powers.
    • Nose
      Hints of wood shavings and glue, but quickly some soft fruits appear, like apricots and pineapple, and even some banana. Just a touch of citrus too. Also notes of creamy vanilla custard and cookie dough.
    • Taste
      Creamy and oily with subtle spices. Brioche buns, orange zest, cough syrup and licorice. A bit of rum raisins as well. Very typical Irish pot still and very lovely.
    • Finish
      Lingering spices, menthol, and soft fruits.

  5. Thermidor scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    A passable, easygoing whiskey with no offensive notes but it's too quiet for me, and there is barely the ghost of a finish here.

  6. Armiil scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    One of the earliest whiskies in my journey and what a great learning experience it has been! I took my time and finished this bottle in 1 and a half years.

    Fresh out of the bottle this whiskey is quite earthy and has additional aromas of cut wood and fig cake. The mouthfeel is a little bit sharp and requires some time and water to develop into a more digestible version. After the development, it has a super sweet honey aroma with a hint of chocolate, wood glue (that I tend to get with this distillery), fig jam, and finally some vanilla and tobacco notes.

    First I hated how boring it was, then I loved how it was one of the few "malt and honey" whiskies that I owned and now I'm pretty set with my opinion. 82 points.

  7. Funtik scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

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  8. The_Osprey scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Powers Single Pot Still John Lane 12 Year Old. Short numbers-only review from pre-rating days, July 2018. Super smooth and honeyed. Intense impression of sweetness like a lot of Irish whiskeys. Very solid and enjoyable. 3.45/82

  9. Malthead19 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    - a really good Irish single pot still whiskey in the
    middle price segment
    - It's definitely worth the 50 €, it's worth buying
    • Nose
      noble soft smell, malty, sweetish, apricot, honey, light oak aroma
    • Taste
      At first a mild start, then becoming significantly stronger, in addition to the sweet honey aromas, there are also strong, spicy oak aromas, lots of spice
    • Finish
      medium-long, powerful finish;
      Long-lasting, slightly sweet aftertaste, here the spice comes out again

  10. Igor_Gudimov scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Creamy biscuits, vanilla, slightly sweet white pear
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sweet vanilla, fruit cookies (orange peel and apricot), similar to rum
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium, white pepper, dry


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