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Powers Signature Release, single pot still

Good whiskeys come and go. Some stay longer, but this may not be one of those.

Some time ago, I heard the news that the Powers Signature single pot still whiskey would be discontinued. This information is nowhere to be found online now, but the fact that there’s no Signature marketed at the Powers website anymore probably tells me that the news was correct.

Irish Distillers recently announced a major rebranding for the Powers whiskey, which was met with mixed opinions. I quite liked the looks of the new bottles myself, although there were certain elements I didn’t totally agree with.

However, new fresh bottles could mean that Irish distillers have other plans up their sleeve too when it comes to renewing the Powers. Like a new whiskey release perhaps? Let’s hope so! Irish distillers have released some very nice single pot still whiskeys under the Powers brand during the last 8 years and I hope they’ll continue that way.

Powers Signature Release single pot still whiskey

Discontinued or not, there are still bottles out there to enjoy, in bars and in shops. This particular dram was enjoyed at O’Donovan’s Hotel in Clonakilty.

The Powers Signature release came out in 2013. It’s a typical Midleton distillery style single pot still whiskey, mainly matured in refill ex-bourbon casks but there’s also a smaller amount of whiskey blended in from 1st fill ex-bourbon and from Oloroso sherry casks. The whiskey is said to be between 7 and 9 years old. It’s bottled at 46% ABV and is non-chill filtered but seems to have some caramel colour added.

Nose

Vanilla fudge with some orange, dark chocolate, spices and some dried fruit.

Palate

It’s nice and sweet. Dried orange, some raisins, Christmas spices and toffee. It has a gorgeous, creamy mouthfeel. Soft and nice with a spicy finish.

A nice drop, sweet and balanced. I’d choose Powers John’s lane over this, but if you want to pay less and still get a very nice Powers, this is a good choice.

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