Powers Single Pot Still Whiskey Three Swallow Release Review
A smooth Irish Whiskey that bourbon drinkers will find familiar and easily approachable.
Type: Irish Whiskey
Distillery: Midleton Distillery
Proof: 86.4 proof
*This is not a bourbon, a rye or an American Whiskey. It's an Irish whiskey, which I'm not nearly as familiar with as I am bourbon, so I don't have many expectations for this bottle. This is made with a malted and unmalted barley mash bill, but it is then primarily aged in bourbon casks before being finished in sherry casks, which I believe will make it more familiar and approachable to bourbon drinkers.
Light gold. Very much in line with what you see on the Scotch or Irish Whiskey aisle. Very thin in the glass.
The nose is light and easy to dive right into. There's a nice kick of oak, which I wasn't expecting. It's fruity, without being citrusy. Banana comes to mind. Honey, marshmallow and other sweet notes are all over this. There is very little spice, but one aroma does present itself that I'm not as familiar with, which I'm assuming is the malt.
I'm pleasantly surprised by how sweet this smells.
The first thing I notice is this has a solid mouthfeel, but a bit of a dry effect that may be enhanced by the sherry finish. Plenty of familiar bourbon notes pop forward, with oak and caramel being the primary two. There's more spice here than on the nose. Pepper, dark, semi-bitter chocolate, more malt and maybe even a hint of caraway.
Short to medium, with barley and cereal grain front and center.
I approach this as a seasoned bourbon drinker and a novice Irish whiskey drinker, so my thoughts on this bottle may be totally different than somebody who prefers Irish whiskey to bourbon. With that said, this was an enjoyable whiskey. It's a very gentle introduction to Irish whiskey for a bourbon drinker, and an easy transition to make. It's familiar, but different enough that you're lured into diving deeper to find those unique notes. I'll have no trouble finishing this bottle quickly. At $40 or so, I think it's a decent value in the Irish whiskey market.
This sample was provided at no cost by Powers Irish Whiskey. Thoughts and opinions are my own.
This is a general guide of what I consider each score range
4.75 - 5.00: Phenomenal. Hard to imagine anything better. Acquire at any cost
4.25 - 4.50: Excellent. I'll camp out to get a bottle if necessary
3.75 - 4.00: Great stuff. I'll buy backups if not too expensive
3.25 - 3.50: Good stuff. Try to keep one on the bar, but don't spend too much
2.75 - 3.00: Not bad. I don't regret the purchase, but may not buy another
2.25 - 2.50: Sub-par. I regret the purchase. Reserved for mixed drinks.
1.75 - 2.00: Bad. I'll struggle to finish the bottle. May not want it in cocktails.
0.00 - 1.50: Drain-pour. Something seems wrong with it. Get it away