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Powers John's Lane 12 Year Old Single Pot Still

Sharp Pot Still Whiskey

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@VictorReview by @Victor

21st May 2015

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Powers John's Lane is 12 years aged pot still whiskey. Pot still Irish whiskey is made with a combination of both unmalted and malted barley. The reviewed bottle's bottle code is L301731004, and has been open for two months

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Nose: strong very pointed flavours of barley grain; honey and caramel, black licorice. Score 21/25 points

Taste: very sharp barley grain, some honey, and some sharp licorice. Score: 22/25 points

Finish: long finish, with very strong flavours, in good balance. Score 22/25 points

Balance: there is lots of flavour here. The overall balance of sweet, sour, and bitter, is good. I found the black licorice flavours a little distracting and would have liked more nuance from the barley. Score 21/25 points

Water added: 1) raised the pitch and melded the flavours in the nose, 2) muted and homogenised the flavours in the mouth, while increasing the licorice flavours and the sweetness, and 3) muted and sweetened the finish

Bottom line: if you like strong sharp pointed barley flavours, you'll like Powers John's Lane 12 YO

Total Sequential Review Score: 86 points

Strength: the flavours are strong and vibrant. Score 24/25 points

Quality: very good quality of the various component flavours. Score 22/25 points

Variety: adequate variety of flavours available. Score 21/25 points

Harmony: the flavours exhibit decent but not outstanding harmony, taken together. Score 21/25 points

Total Non-Sequential Review Score: 88 points

The scores were averaged out for a composite review score of 87 points

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6 comments

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

Great review. How did you get the shaded areas in between sections?

4 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@Nozinan, the shaded areas were a total accident. Apparently using the asterisk on separate lines caused the shaded areas to form.

4 years ago 0

@Pudge72
Pudge72 commented

Very interesting review...I really appreciate the depth of analysis. Sounds like a bottle that should remain on my wishlist (I think I'm a bigger fan of licorice than you are, @Victor). Would this be the bottle you picked up last July?

4 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@Pudge72, I do own a bottle of Powers John's Lane, but this reviewed bottle belongs to my sister.

Yes, you are unquestionably more enthusiastic about significant amounts of black licorice flavour than I am. I am ok with licorice flavour being in the mix, but I don't like it to be a strong focal point.

4 years ago 0

@Pudge72
Pudge72 commented

We may have had this discussion before, but do you (or anyone else that would like to chime in) have a theory as to the cause/source of the licorice notes? My uneducated guess would involve the type of still used, to at least some degree.

4 years ago 0

@Victor
Victor commented

@Pudge72, I see licorice flavours a lot with peated whisky, but that is not the case with respect to this one from the review. Apart from flavours from peat I don't have a strong sense of from where the licorice flavour derives. Maybe the yeast.

4 years ago 0

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