Price Point: $15 – $25 for 750 ML
Distiller: John Power & Son
Ireland has a lot of iconic brands that are known worldwide (I outline some of them in a previous post). Powers Gold Label is one of those, and one that you may think is just another Irish whiskey not worth trying. Even the packaging downplays the whiskey – the three birds on the label indicate that the drinker should not sip this whiskey, but rather finish the glass in “three swallows”.
The nose is distinctively Powers – a pot still characteristic comes through strongly. It’s not necessarily smoky; maybe charcoal?
The taste is actually pretty flavorful (surprising for an Irish, right?). Powers is a step above the average Irish. It’s malty, dark and deep, and pretty interesting.
This stuff is the closest Irish to a Scotch in terms of finish – bravo Powers!
Rating & Recommendations
I enjoy this whiskey, probably more than I thought I would, which is why I rate it a solid 82 out of 100.
Powers Gold Label is one of the better Irish whiskeys, and hardly a whiskey to finish in “three swallows”.