Irish Distillers have announced a new, permanent expression to the Powers family, Powers John’s Lane Cask Strength.
Launching 12 years after the introduction of Powers John’s Lane whiskey, this 12 Year Old cask strength edition will be batch-released each year. According to Irish Distillers, this is a “celebration of the 18th and 19th century heritage of John’s Lane Distillery when Powers whiskey was sold straight from the barrel at cask strength, the higher abv, 57.8% in the initial 2023 release, amplifies the much loved full bodied character of the original, reaching new flavour heights.”
Irish Distillers continue “Characterised by soft pot still spices that are integral to the flavour profile of the Powers brand, the intensity in the cask strength edition is magnified to create a wonderfully complex liquid. An initial medley of rich aromatic woodland notes intertwines with worn leather and tobacco, before cocoa, treacle toffee, crushed black peppercorn, and dried herbs assail the senses. Bold pot still spices mingle with creamy vanilla, manuka honey and warming notes of nutmeg on the palate, before a wonderful spice-laden finish of toasted oak coated in a gentle honey sweetness.”
Powers Distiller, Eric Ryan comments: “A brand of firsts, Powers whiskey continually challenged the old way of doing things and advocated careful experimentation throughout the years. With a rich heritage that goes back to its establishment in 1791, John’s Lane Distillery’s well-earned reputation is brought back to centre stage with the launch of this new permanent cask strength Powers expression.”
200 bespoke bottles of Powers John’s Lane Cask Strength will be available exclusively at The Palace Bar in Dublin from today to celebrate 200 years since the iconic Dublin bar was first established. Powers John’s Lane Cask Strength will be available on general release from 2 October in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Dublin Airport and online at Midleton Distillery’s online store at RRP €90.
Midleton’s tasting notes:
Aroma: An intense medley of woodland aromas intertwined with worn leather and tobacco. Layers of charred wood and cocoa meet with concentrated treacle toffee while the pot still spices continue to build towards additional notes of black peppercorn and dried herbs.
Taste: Rich pot still spice facets trailed by creamy vanilla, manuka honey and dried apricot. Additional nutty notes of freshly grated nutmeg work in harmony with the sweet wood-derived elements and bold spice intensity.
Finish: Toasted oak wrapped with honey sweetness that gently recedes, leaving the distillate-led nature of the spirit to endure until the end.