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The next couple of reviews are based around an exploration of Irish single pot still whiskey. It's a style I have been drawn to of late and the historical elements are just as fascinating as the whisky.
By the way I apologize for the terrible title, I'll get my coat...
The Irish whisky industry has come a long way from it's dark days of consolidation Pernod Ricard has pumped loads of marketing into the lifestyle brand that is Jameson, Irish whisky has risen from the ashes,Phoenix like with Midleton resurrecting many of IDL's old brands and playing the historical angle quite hard. The Power's brand is still somewhat of an underdog in comparison to say Redbreast or the spot line-up.
Signature release is a strange one, It first caught my attention because it's priced quite affordably (under 60$) and at 46% ABV. Compare that to both Green Spot and Redbreast 12 who both retail for around (80$) and are both bottled at 40% ABV. It is also predominantly vatted from refill ex-bourbon casks with a few ex-sherry, so I figured it should be a clean style from which to make comparisons on the more cask influenced extension lines.
Nose: Powdered sugar, talcum, sweet confectionery notes like jujubes and gummy candies. There is a slight varnish sharpness, that gives way to dry grains and oak shavings. It comes out of the gate ready to fight but if you give it time you'll get more. Candied pineapple, green apple a touch of wax, vanilla buttercream and some grassy notes.
Palate: Oily, creamy and a bit sharp. Peaches and cream oatmeal, very oily, loads of grain, unripe fruit like kiwi & pears. There's also a touch of dried fruit.
Finish: Sweet, sharp astringency, vanilla, coconut or mineral oil & tinned pineapples.There is a kind of yeasty quality (from the sherry cask perhaps?) and some cake batter.
Notes: This one bites back a little, it still has some asperities that might lead many to dismiss it as green or not quite there. Yet it's got charm in abundance and the strength is just right for delivering those flavours. The bottle really blooms once it's been open for a while