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John Power & Son Irish Whiskey

Overall rating 9 votes 87.57
Category
Single Pot Still
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Gold Label
Bottled
Beginning 1970s
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Label
Three Swallow Irish Whiskey
Market
de Germany
Added on
05 Apr 2016 11:21 am by MaltMartin

Average value

€ 299.90

0 × in wishlist

Member rates

5 × in collection

My 4 x 25 ratings

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

Average 4 x 25 rates

Nose 22
Taste 22
Finish 21
Balance 22

Tastingtags

6 Notes

thijs100
Expert Senior thijs100 Tasting note
30 Jun 2017 2:32 pm
thijs100 gave this whisky 88 points
Color
Yellow gold
Nose

Fragrant and fruity, in the best possible way. Plenty of peach, apricot and a whiff of honey and coconut too. Finally there's a good amount of wax, as well as a subtle layer of leather.

Taste

Honey, cereals and fruits (those damn apricots again). Quite delicious and very well-balanced, with a nice spicy edge of cinnamon and ginger. Thick and oily too.

Finish

The finish has faint notes of gasoline, and lingers on ginger cookies. Medium in length.

Comments

Just doesn't quite show the complexity of its 7 year old sibling, but is still a wonderful product.

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JacobaEd
Connoisseur JacobaEd Review note
25 Jun 2017 9:29 am
JacobaEd gave this whisky 84 points
Weighted Rate
84
Nose
87
Initial taste
84
Body
84
Finish
83
Price
81
Presentation
83
My Collection
St. Pauli
Expert Senior St. Pauli Tasting note
17 Mar 2017 8:11 pm
St. Pauli gave this whisky 87 points
Color
Deep copper
Nose

Oily and dusty. It has a very robust cereal note, with a heavy husk smell  is that from the unmalted ingredients? It comes across to me as an old-fashoined windmill with milled  cereal. Further, a toolshop with lots of pots of lubricants, a library with lots of old, leather-covered books, pencil shavings. It's almost if something rooty comes across, such as gentian. There is fruit to be detected, but on the background: tangerine and dried apricot.In the end, a faint note of vanilla and wood pops up.

Taste

Spicy and with a kick on the one side, but rather thin on the other side. It's hard to explain. The spices are mainly represented by pepper, maybe some ginger. Further, it's just as oily and earthy as on the nose. Old furniture, husks, wet stones, and apricot.

Finish

Moderately long, a tad weak, but still very interesting with lots of spice, raw cereal, oil, and dried apricot.

Comments

This is a great, robust whiskey that has a total different character from what we are used to today. I like the husky, oily side of it. 

Cheers! Paul
Ruud6421
Specialist Ruud6421 Note
24 Aug 2016 9:05 am
Ruud6421 gave this whisky 89 points
A grappa like nose, with grapes, banana, dust and glue. Oily palate.

Great and special dram.

Thanks MaltMartin
Founder/President @ Whisky Club Ypenburg
lincolnimp
Connoisseur lincolnimp Review note
02 Jun 2016 12:31 am
lincolnimp gave this whisky 83 points

The nose is pretty decent on this stuff but I find the palate thin. Not sure if air has got to this because the bottle leaked in transit and the level was quite low.

This review is for the older Dublin Whiskey version


Weighted Rate
83.2
Nose
89
Initial taste
84
Body
82
Finish
77
Price
80
Presentation
88
MaltMartin
Connoisseur MaltMartin Tasting note
15 May 2016 3:37 pm
MaltMartin gave this whisky 90 points
Color
Old gold
Nose

The typical characteristics of old John Power Gold Label: intense and heavy oiliness, dried apricots, figs and candied apples. Followed by distinct dustiness of old books and waxed furniture. Whiffs of leathery oak. Notes of cocoa and mocha at the background. Some sweetness of marshmallows. Unique profile which unfortunately is extinct nowadays.

Taste

Rich and mouth-filling, with a warming, luscious body. Apricots, dates and orange marmelade. Slightly hot with hints of honey and cinnamon. Also caramel fudge. Not sure if this is a pure pot still version of Gold Label, but it has definitely lots of big and bold pot still characteristics. This whiskey offers tremendous depth.

Finish

Long. Brown sugar. Baked bananas. A little nutmeg. Nutiness with hints of chocolate too. It's all very well balanced. The profile of this Gold Label is even some more heavy than a version with a 'pure pot still' underlabel which I date a little earlier.

Comments

These old John's Lane bottlings are notoriously difficult to date. The back of this bottle however states that this bottle was laid down in a cellar in January 1971, so I guess this John Power Gold Label is from the mid 1960's. Till not long ago the most popular whiskey on the Irish home market. I now do know why.

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