Review No.170. Powers John’s Lane 12 Year Old

Powers John’s Lane used to be produced at Powers distillery many years ago.  The distillery is no longer in operation and the brand’s rich heritage is kept alive by Midleton.  This 12 year old bottling is a homage to the original Powers style which is described as being rich and robust.  This whisky has been matured in ex-bourbon casks and oloroso sherry butts.  The range consists of the Gold Label, Three Swallows and this John’s Lane.


Whisky: Powers John’s Lane 12 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whisky, 46%

Nose: Slightly vegetal, barley sugar, vanilla, grass, floral, cream

Taste: Roasted nuts, cinnamon, oranges, mint, barley sugar, honey, tropical fruit

Finish: Malty, floral, vanilla and oak

Score: 3.75

Summary: Although finished in oloroso sherry butts I initially got a lot of bourbon notes to begin with.  On the nose there is something earthy and vegetal about it at first but with a bit of water and time this softened down and became more floral and tropical.  It is when you get onto the taste that you notice the sherry influence with honey, roasted nuts and spice.  There is a tropical element to this which appears in the background.  The finish is quite simple with a touch of oak to give it a little kick.  Overall I found this to be quite complex as there is a lot that is going on from start to finish.  I prefer this to the Redbreast 12 I recently reviewed.  Maybe the extra alcohol helped.



Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf


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