We’re back at Midleton distillery, and Powers single pot still whiskey. When we were in Ireland in March, we went to the well renowned Shelbourne bar in Cork city. Nice surprise, they have hundreds of whiskeys, and all of them are Irish if I’m not mistaken.
We met this brilliant guy named Mark, and he's that perfect bar person for a whiskey enthusiast like myself. I looked through the menu, picked a whiskey that sounded interesting, and then he would recommend another one, similar to what I had picked, but a step or more up in quality. That was how I came across this Powers single cask.
One he recommended was the 16-year-old Powers that was released exclusively for the Celtic whiskey shop – a lovely single pot still with characters of oak, dry vanilla, chocolate, toffee and a bit of liquorice to name a few. Sadly this bottle is long gone.
But to my great delight, we received the good news that there were still a few bottles of something similar, a 15-year-old single cask Powers at the Supervalu nearby. Of course, we went there.
I don't have any facts about this whiskey, other than it is a Powers single pot still, most likely a Supervalu release, and matured for 15 years - so a step up from the fabulous John's Lane Release. It's bottled at 46% ABV and is a really nice one - 15-year-olds are usually nice whiskeys in my opinion.
Oak, vanilla, apple, raisins, something sweet that reminds of the Italian orange liqueur Aurum. Toffee.
It's soft and gorgeous. Soft vanilla fudge, with spiciness and oak further back on the palate. Very nice finish with dark chocolate flavours.
Sadly these single casks releases are very limited, 200-something bottles, and very difficult to get your hands on, and the price goes up of course. But there sure is reason to wait for the next release.