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Powers John's Lane 12 Year Old Single Pot Still

Gentle Irish milk chocolate

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@GeorgyReview by @Georgy

24th Oct 2017

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I wanted to try a good quality Irish whisky, since I'd only tired the standard Jameson, as well as Bushmills (black, and original). I was really pleased with the black Bushmills - that was a yummy whisky.

NOSE: caramel, toffee, sherry, pastry, vanilla, dark fruits, a touch of floral. With time you get some aged rum notes as well. Not bad at all. 20/25

TASTE: a hint of toffee, milk chocolate with a hint of cappuccino, caramel syrup. The milky mouthfeel is something that I don't really like about this whisky. It even reminds a little bit of soy milk which is the nastiest thing I know. Dried fruits, a hint of mint and black pepper. 21/25

FINISH: milky, milk chocolate, a little bit oily. 20/25

BALANCE: 23/25

OVERALL IMPRESSION: I don't really understand why people like it so much. It's a nice whisky, but it's definitely not a sipper that will keep you busy all day.

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6 comments

@Victor
Victor commented

@Georgy, thanks for your review. I am intensely interested in reviews of Powers Johns Lane 12 yo because 1) I own a bottle of it which I have not yet opened, 2) Jim Murray and others have at times gone crazy enthusiastic over it, and 3) the only bottle of it from which I tasted I didn't find attractive. Even though I reviewed that unattractive bottle at 87 points, which is solidly good, that score was a critic's score mostly divorced from my personal taste. For enjoyment it was more like an 80 point whiskey for me personally.

It may be years before I open my bottle of Johns Lane because I have so many open now, but I am very happy to have your feedback. I think I will go back to my sister's bottle of it and see whether I like it any better with 2 1/2 years of air exposure.

2 years ago 1Who liked this?

@Georgy
Georgy commented

@Victor The whisky is great, don't get me wrong. It's very enjoyable. I might be getting a bit snobby )

2 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@Georgy, whisk(e)y is an expensive hobby. It is very understandable that you want to get the very most for your money.

2 years ago 1Who liked this?

@MadSingleMalt
MadSingleMalt commented

@Georgy , you said a lot of things about it, but all I can see is this! :)

"It even reminds a little bit of soy milk which is the nastiest thing I know."

2 years ago 1Who liked this?

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

@Georgy Your score of 84 is generous considering your comments. Good honest review and a useful heads up on this one.

2 years ago 0

@Georgy
Georgy commented

@BlueNote It IS very pleasant. That's why it doesn't drop below 84, in my opinion.

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