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    Powers Gold Label

    Santa brought me this bottle...my first Powers.

    Color - light gold...like a lager beer.

    Nose - smells something like nail polish remover....the pot still effect? Almost too much like neutral spirits...aldehyde?...I detect a vodka like smell.

    Taste - the nose qualities carry over to the taste, light bodied, with a hint of sweetness in the taste...but I fail to detect full or complex flavors. It is drinkable...but I suppose the flavor profile simply reflects its pot still profile.

    Finish...smooth, short.

    I am rather disappointed...I know others really like Powers...but I favor Blackbush Black, Jameson. RedBreast has a strong pot still flavor but seems more complex. I assume that the triple distillation can cause an Irish whiskey to more closely resemble a grain neutral spirit. Am I off base here?
    Last edited by Jono; 12-25-2007 at 20:20.

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    Re: Powers Gold Label

    To be fair, here are some reviews from another source...all rave about Powers Gold Label....obviously, taste is an individual thing:

    http://www.epinions.com/reviews/John..._Irish_Whiskey

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    Re: Powers Gold Label

    This has been my dessert whiskey lately. After the "heavy" bourbons/ryes I'll finish the night with a half pour of Powers gold label. Lovely everytime, like caramel apple candy. A little too easy-drinking if anything; usually I need to remind myself why I don't like hangovers so that I don't keep going!

    Lighter whiskies don't get enough respect. At $17 I think this stuff's a true bargain.
    Last edited by Mamba; 12-25-2007 at 21:16.

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    Re: Powers Gold Label

    Mamba,

    Just to demonstrate individual differences...I don't pick up the caramel apple candy taste....I am glad you do as it makes the flavor more enjoyable.

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    Re: Powers Gold Label

    Quote Originally Posted by Jono View Post
    Santa brought me this bottle...my first Powers....
    I am rather disappointed...I know others really like Powers...but I favor Blackbush Black, Jameson. RedBreast has a strong pot still flavor but seems more complex.
    Hi Jono:

    My initial reaction is that whiskies like Blackbush and Redbreast are marketed at a different price point, and have more and older pot-still (or malt in the case of Blackbush) whiskies in them. I would rave about Powers relative to it's price point in comparison with JD or Crown Royal, all at similar prices up here.

    If I had a choice of older whiskies than Powers, I'm sure I'd go for that instead. Older isn't nessisarily better, but the Powers blend is kinda young for me.

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    Re: Powers Gold Label

    I was drinking it neat...I think I will try it with some water...mabye on the rocks..it may create a more agreeable taste. For price point comparison tasting...Bushmills white label....would be a competitor...not a big fan of it either. What we do for science!
    Last edited by Jono; 12-26-2007 at 07:11.

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    Re: Powers Gold Label

    It has been some time since I have had any Powers Gold. I remember an almost creme soda quality; quite different from the orange 'creme savers' Life Savers quality I get from Redbreast. In the summer months I enjoy it on the rocks with a wee bit of added water.
    Last edited by ILLfarmboy; 12-26-2007 at 09:52.

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    Re: Powers Gold Label

    I tried Powers Gold for the first time in a quaint hotel bar in Killarney, Ireland in late November. Most in our tour group was drinking Guinness or mixed drinks. I ordered a Powers. I was the only one drinking whiskey. Powers is light, creamy, simple, and has a subtle pot still flavor. I liked it so much I followed up with a double. The Irish Distillers web site says Powers Gold is a blend of pot still and grain whiskeys. At around $20 in the U.S., I think it is a great value if you want a light and easy drinking whiskey.

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    Re: Powers Gold Label

    It runs about $14.99 around here. I feel it's a great change of pace from some of the stronger whiskeys that I typically pour.

    Chris

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    Re: Powers Gold Label

    Gearing up early for Saint Patrick's arrival...

    Seems like every bartender I know drinks Jameson, but lately Powers has been making the rounds, maybe a reaction to the saturation level of the "Jamie" (as they call it on "The Wire").

    I def. prefer the Powers gold to regular Jameson, but age/barreling does wonders for the Irish mash bill, esp. with Bushmills - I have been really digging a bottle of Bushmills 16YO lately. Their MD Colum Egan seems on the ball, using port pipes to full effect on the palate and finish.

    I have had a Jameson 18 kicking around for a few years with barely a dent in it - it's got a real cat-pee/boxwood-smell thang going on (!) - wine people talk about this, but i just can't seem to hang.

    My Ma, a Jameson (and cheap Scotch!) fan, is originally from Wales, so I gave her a bottle of the Penderyn, the only Whisky distilled there - pretty mellow when I tasted it at WhiskyFest.

    Anybody try Clontarf? I think they get their unaged stuff from Irish Distillers - the Jameson/Redbreast/Midleton people...

    The Irish are a nice switch-up, but it's nice to come home to Bourbon after the snakes are driven out...the Irish feels like you've been drinking watered-down Sweet Tea...

 

 

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