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Powers Signature Release

6th September 2013
Powers goes back to it roots with the release of Powers Signature Release.

Powers Irish whiskey started life as a Pure Pot Still whiskey or as we now call it a Single Pot Still whiskey back in 1886 when it was first introduced by John Power & Sons. The distillery had been producing whiskey since it was established in 1791 but distilleries bottling their own whisky wasn't the done thing and Powers John’s Lane Distillery was the first Irish distillery to do so.

Powers was renowned for its Pot Still Irish whiskeys, bursting with flavour and character and made famous by one of Ireland’s most popular brands, Powers Gold Label.

In May 2011 Powers went back to its roots with the launch of the superb Powers Johns Lane 12 year old single pot still whiskey.

Following on from the success of the Powers Johns Lane 12 year old, Powers have now launched a second Single Pot Still whiskey; Powers Signature Release. The new expression bears the hallmark spicy flavours that are typical of the Powers whiskeys, with black pepper, honey, vanilla and berries in abundance. Using the signature Powers pot still distillate, it has been matured mainly in American bourbon barrels with the subtle inclusion of whiskey matured in Spanish Oloroso sherry casks.

Powers Signature Release was introduced to whiskey fans for the first time in the US at WhiskyFest Chicago in April this year and will be on shelves in the USA and Ireland from September 2013.

Anna Malmhake, CEO at Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard, says: "Powers has been long been regarded by whiskey lovers throughout Ireland and the world as the ‘whiskey drinker’s whiskey’ and recognised for its traditional, full-bodied pot still flavours. With demand for Irish whiskey now stronger than ever, it’s an exciting time of opportunity for the category in general and for Powers in particular. The timing is ideal to harness the tremendous reputation of Powers and to showcase its quality to an ever increasing number of super-premium whiskey drinkers.

"With whiskey drinkers increasingly prioritising craft and quality in their purchasing decisions, we see excellent growth potential for the super-premium segment of the Irish Whiskey category so we are confident that the new Powers range will be a big hit for discerning whiskey drinkers, as they continue to explore and discover the many great whiskeys that Irish Distillers’ extensive portfolio has to offer."

Powers Signature Release carries no age statement and was bottled at 46%, it was introduced to whiskey fans for the first time in the US at WhiskyFest Chicago in April this year and will be on shelf in the USA and Ireland from September 2013.

Powers Signature Release Tasting Notes

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: This is Irish single pot still whiskey for sure. Sweet vanilla and honey with mild candied pear, red berries. A touch of spice.

Taste: The taste is a delicious replay of the nose. Honey, vanilla toffee, some orangey notes, ripe pears, cinnamon, some drying toasted oak spice, pepper and a touch of bitter sweet dark chocolate.

Finish: A long finish. Lingering honey sweetness, coffee, slowly fading fruit and spice.

Comment: There is no age statement and it is obviously younger than the Powers Johns Lane 12 year old but don't let that put you off it is still a very good single pot still whisky. A very nicely balanced easy to drink Irish whiskey full of honey and vanilla, it gets spicier by the mouthful with a nice touch of sherry influence to round it off.

SMW Score 88/100

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