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