The Noob’s Top 10 Cocktails, The Balvenie (15 year) Single Barrel Cask #201, ScotchNoob Recommends: The Glencairn Glass, ScotchNoob Recommends: The World Atlas of Whisky, ScotchNoob Recommends: Whisky Advocate Magazine, Book Review: The World Atlas of Whisky by Dave Broom, Mortlach (15 year) – Game of Thrones “Six Kingdoms”. The simple truth is that inexpensive blends make up some 90% of the Scotch market (and an even larger percent of the Irish whiskey market). Not to mention the bottle is one of the best designed and most beautiful in all of whiskeydom. Bought my first bottle of Powers Gold Label this evening for $30. Really good whiskey to enjoy … I will be a staple I my liquor cabinet now. Powers actually has a great reputation and has historically been the go to whiskey for Dubliners. Get over your prejudices. ( Log Out /  Everybody Hates Rahm, this fall on The CW. 2) Thick, heavy body (for an Irish blend anyway). I think I will stick with Jameson as a cheap mixer. They are also very short after the initial taste on the palate. I am new to Irish and Scotch whiskey. Bushmills Black Bush is one of my all time favorites. Hugely underrated, it has been obscured by the worldwide prominence of its stablemate Jameson. This Scotsman doesn’t care for the peat, despite the fact I’ve tried to give it a break as an “acquired-taste.” Truly tried to give it the ol’ college try with several single malts, but I still don’t like it. Good synopsis, Dave! Try a bunch of single-malts side by side with Johnny Walker and you’ll begin to figure out which whiskeys are in that blend. Powers is an excellent pick for an affordable, easy drinking Irish Whiskey. 1) Apple, sweet, slightly tart and malty, some floral notes as well. A past recipient of The American Taste Award for Excellence and a Double Gold winner in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Powers is touted as the perfect whiskey for the best-tasting Irish Coffee. I tried Powers last night for the first time. Both can be found for about the same price (around $22 give or take) and their standard bottlings can be found throughout the world. I will make an effort to give this one a try and compare. Lately the price has increased from 19 to 25 a bottle ( Ma). pot still whiskey and a grain whiskey made from unmalted barley and other grains. I’m on my second 750ml of Powers Gold. Jameson not without its charm. As for Powers vs. Jameson, I’ll take Powers every time. Paddy, Powers, Jameson, and much more are all made at the same distillery. improves the experience, and makes the flavors more apparent to both the nose and the tongue. And I must agree that single malt scotch can be overrated and certainly overpriced. Jameson claims to be all pot-still and all barley (a combination of malted and unmalted) while Powers is a combination of grain whiskey and pot-still malt. I am thankful for Mike’s legacy and for the management of Original Joe’s for making this generous tribute possible! It certainly has a lot of the hallmarks of traditional Irish whiskey, although in keeping with practices in Scotland, it uses a mash of 100% malted barley, as opposed to the (then) more traditional Irish practice of mixing various grains, both malted and unmalted, into the mash (aka single pot still whiskey). This is no single-malt Scotch, but it is a pleasant and very drinkable whiskey with unexpectedly bright, available flavors, a smooth mouthfeel, and no “cringe” in the aftertaste. Besides whiskey has no religion. Cheers. The place was full of Mike’s admirers from a forty year career as a beloved bartender. Jameson not without its charm. I thought it was delicious and a great value for the money. Michael, Thanks for sharing your point of view! …which I think is justified since it’s the superior whiskey, imo. Though Bushmills is the #2 Irish whiskey in the U.S., Tullamore Dew is #2 Irish whiskey (after Jameson) worldwide, so not too surprising that you would see it most places. This 80 proof offering is aged in bourbon barrels for a smoother, more complex taste. There is also an overtone of shoe polish and something greasy, like machine oil. [admin note: edited to remove all capitals.]. Powers is an outstanding Irish whiskey. While there are certainly some fine blends, definitely even a few that are better than your average single-malt, in general blends are popular because they are easy to drink, mix well, and are above all cheap. The login page will open in a new window. In this Whisky War, we do a whiskey review of Jameson 18 vs Jameson Original whiskey. It was recommended to me..I really enjoyed it..i am a Jameson drinker..but do believe i will be reaching for Powers for now on at the liquor store…Also i noticed this morning..No Headache!!! You may see the Co. Offaly whiskey grow even more now that William Grant & Sons owns it, and will be building the new distillery soon. I also found Power’s is my one of favorite whiskeys to turn to after an evening of single malts with friends. Bushmills is not protestant whiskey. So what is the outcome of this classic battle? We tried it tonight for the first time and it the best Irish whiskey we have had in while. A great bourbon can be 1/3 of the price of a single malt or even less. There are lots of great Irish whiskeys out there. I like it. Twenty years ago my wife bought me a bottle of 25 year old McCallan for $175. I like that…. Cheers! It seems fruity to me, I can definately taste the apple. As a colourful history would have it, this revered Blue Spot has remained underground … In 1966, with the Irish whiskey industry still struggling following Prohibition in the United States, the Anglo-Irish Trade War and the rise of competition from Scotch whiskey, John Powers & Son joined forces with the only other remaining distillers in the Irish Republic, the Cork Distilleries Company and their Dublin rivals John Jameson … Jameson's head of whiskey science Dave Quinn is friends with the head of the brewery Franciscan Well in Cork. My experience with these 2 whiskeys is completely different from the authors. Started drinking Powers 5 years ago after being introduced to it by a wonderful bar-owner in Westwood , Ca. Haven’t tried powers yet…, @ck I haven’t tried it, but Kilbeggan is made by Cooley, which has built a very nice portfolio of quality Irish whiskey, including blends, pure pot still, and single malt. I’m Irish, living in Ireland. Enjoy! Add an ice cube or a little water to unlock the flavors, let is sit for a few minutes while giving it an occasional swirl to smooth out the cheaper blends and you have a great daily sipper. the reviewer was out of his mind at the time he drank the powers. A bit of heat, butterscotch, brown sugar, and do I detect a wee bit of bourbon barrel influence? When it comes to this subject, Irish whiskey-drinkers seem to be as divided as the Emerald Isle itself. This was my first Irish wake. If you like sherried whisky (a la Macallan) then Powers is pretty amazing for the price. Those are my go to whiskeys these days and occasionally a single malt like McCallan. 1) Light and sweet, some burn, butterscotch and a lingering sweetness. … It’s flavorful, tangy and lighter than many of its peers. Another way of putting that: I’ve been disappointed by blends more often than I’ve been disappointed by single malts. Compared to Kilbeggan, Tallamore and Jameson, Paddy is our second. A splash of water opens up some herbal, grassy notes, but they are indistinct. It is a veritable companion to mixers and an excellent ingredient in cocktails. The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog in New York, which has been voted the best bar in the world, teamed up with Dublin Liberties Distillery Master Distiller Darryl McNally to create this whiskey inspired by \"notorious Irish street gang in New York City in the mid-1800s.\" It's a blend of aged Irish single malt and grain whiskies, and the bar's beve… Equipped with three copper pot stills, Teeling Distillery opened in 2015 … Since I am not a fan of peat (smoke) I have gravitated to Irish and bourbon. ScotchNoob™ Mark: Powers Gold Label is the best-selling Irish whiskey in its native Ireland. Still perhaps the first Irish whiskey that most people try. Maybe that accounts for its popularity. Well worth it! As for this comparison, I prefer Powers over Jameson. Had some Powers last night- hence I was looking for a few reviews to see if people enjoyed it as much as I did. Now has a cork bottle cap and a lether name plate around the neck. Redbreast is owned by Irish Distillers, which owns the Midleton distillery and there it makes Redbreast, Midleton, Paddy, Powers and Jameson, all … One the palate you get a wash of melted butter and shortbread, then quite a lot of dryness, which finally subsides with cinnamon, clove, toffee and green apple skins. Has something happened to the market since your review in 2013 or has it become that much more popular? 2) Richer, good butterscotch candy, caramel apple, 1) Sweet, medium bodied, a bit of maltyness. Buddy alot of distillers in Ireland including King Arthur Guinness were protestants!! I paid $24 for Knappogue Castle and I was very pleasantly surprised. Like Jameson, it is blended whiskey, some combination of pure pot-still whiskey with column-still grain whiskey (allegedly 70% pure pot still to 30% grain). “Bushmills? But that’s merely based on geography: Bushmills is from Northern Ireland (a predominantly Protestant region) and Jameson is from Cork – Catholic country.. Jameson was pretty much founded in 1780 when John Jameson – a Scottish guy – purchased the Bow Street Distillery, which at the time was one of the biggest distilleries in Ireland. The widely-accepted Irish-American version is that Jameson is Catholic whiskey and Bushmills is Protestant whiskey. I’ve been trying a lot of budget and mid-priced scotches and Irish whiskeys this year and Powers Gold Label is the winner for me. The whiskey from the Glenlivet distillery also gets put into Chivas Regal. An airport saleswoman (selling Scotch) once told me Irish is more palatable because is is full of sugar/caramel and she may be right. Here in Illinois we can still get Powers for $20 and Powers Signature Release (single pot) for about $40. As a single malt Scotch drinker I find that these and most other Irish whiskies lack the complexity and on palate taste sensations. She was stating this as a negative, but if it improves the taste … sure why not?!! I just tried Jameson Black Barrel and I was really impressed!! Powers Gold is $30 here. Although there’s more flavor here, there isn’t a tremendous amount of complexity. Sláinte! The Whiskey: This is another great entry-point Irish whiskey — both to the style and Powers’ wider range of expressions. Redbreast is a pure pot still whiskey, meaning it's made from 100% barley (both malted and unmalted) as opposed to Jameson, which is a blended whiskey (made from a blend of barley and other grains). I got started on single-malt Scotch and that has irrevocably spoiled me for anything distilled. The nose is mellow, with upfront buttery caramel and bright honeyed cereal. Powers remained family owned until 1966, surviving but hardly thriving, when it joined with Cork Distillers and buried the hatchet with Jameson for the greater good of Irish whiskey. What is it exactly that makes the preference for one of these iconic brands over another more loaded than, say, … The pure pot still component of the blend is also bottled alone and sold as Redbreast. This is the newest addition to the Jameson family, the bestselling Irish whiskey in the entire world. I really had to think hard about my preference for Scottish single malts and was I being overly critical of Jamesons and the other Irish whiskies and I truly believe that because of the very mild taste and lack of aftertaste they don’t cut it for me, but from a commercial standpoint their mild flavors make it very attractive to the person that has never liked a good single malt. There are darn good blends made from the better single-malts and they can be blended in a way that creates something more balanced and complex than the one spirit from the one place (or mixed with inferior spirits). Besides Jameson’s are curly haired Prebyterians. It has a bit more flavor than Jameson, but its not worth $10 more. Started with a splash of water and found it pleasant and unremarkable. I’ve heard, from Ralfy (Scotsman, Ralfy.com) that the Auchentoshan distillery, in Glasgow, originally created triple distilled spirit for the incoming Irishmen laborers, working at the local ship yards. For an Irish at its price point, Powers is highly recommended. Smooth but not for me! Still, its lighter style is similar to single malts made in Ireland, such as Bushmills. They will charge whatever the market will bear! I’m still going to attempt to do a whole month of Irish Whiskey in a few months, so don’t worry … Both are excellent neat or with a splash of water, and I suppose in a pinch you could mix them for cocktails. The main differences between Tullamore Dew vs Jameson are: Tullamore Dew is produced in different distilleries, whereas Jameson is produced in a single distillery. Powers. Even Tullamore Dew comes from Midleton, because although the brand now has its own distillery, it will be another year or two before even … ... #3 Powers Gold Label Whiskey. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. That’s all pot still and aged nicely. Blackbush is another nice choice but tends to be more pricey where I am. I tend to shy away from the more-expensive blends, because I like to try them first before laying out for a bottle (whereas I know I’ll always have a use for a $20 blend). Powers is aged 100 percent in Bourbon casks for five to six years. Powers Irish whiskey is owned by Irish Distillers, or IDL as they are better known and are an amalgamation of the Powers, Jameson and Paddy whiskey brands and businesses who joined forces for the good of the Irish whiskey category, as well as to grow their united company through strength in numbers. Can’t get it in Iowa. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. It has some heat but there’s a real nice smokey, honey flavor with the traditional caramel, toffee and barley notes in there. After logging in you can close it and return to this page. The body is quite full, with a slightly oily quality. Have to get it from relatives in Tennessee. Jamesons finish makes me cringe, Powers finish is much smoother for me. At any time, you can exercise your right of access, rectification, erasure, restriction, portability, … I’m suspicious of Jameson because they spend so much on advertising! I just discovered Powers, which is somewhat close to the Black Bush, but for significantly cheaper. It has richer, darker flavors than its sibling and one can actually tell that it has been aged in a barrel, particularly a bourbon barrel. Furthermore, sometimes one might receive a visitor from out of town, and after one waxes poetic for 20 minutes about the delights of single-malt Scotch, this visitor may have the gall to ask for a whisky-and-soda… on ICE. Bushmills (80 proof; $21) . Powers: Powers might have only a small following, but that following is devoted. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. I’m having my once a year shot of Jameson in honor of St. Paddy’s Day. Actually, I had a lot of them. Powers was $ 20.00 then and as it grew in popularity so did the price which is now $ 30.00. Go back to drinking your methylated spirits…. that stuff is the smoothest 80 proof ever… jameson is like drinking turpentine comparatively. Matured for 12 years, the result is an outstanding lingering robust taste that provides a perfect tribute to the spiritual home of one of Ireland’s most loved whiskeys. Powers, however, has more interesting and lip-smacking flavors. When I spoke to The Whiskey Reviewer’s circle of writers, friends and contacts about basic Irish whiskeys, only a few picked something other than Tullamore Dew and Jameson, but those few all picked Powers, and picked it … As Texas Coach noted, I’m not sure Powers can be called really cheap anymore. It is refreshing but it doesn’t have a lot of depth. But aside from quietly going about our business, we’re a whiskey built on never cutting corners. It retails slightly cheaper than Jameson in the US, at $16 a bottle. I have drunk Jamesons and Bushmills when they have been offered . I get the original posters honey, buttery caramel nose, loads of toffee and caramel in the taste and yes at first i didn’t like the dryness, letting it sit for 10 minutes with a single cube of ice took away the dryness and gave it an oily buttery toffeeness which was fantastic and made it too easy to drink judging by my sore head. A splash of water in the glass (but no ice!) Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Yes, plenty of Irish whiskey is ordered as shots or in … I know this article is a few years old, but when I’ve found Powers, it’s always more expensive then Jamesons. One of the best ryes I’ve found is Wild Turkey Rye. The whiskey today still maintains its own distinctive rich and slightly spicy flavour, and it has recently given fans even greater choice with a … PS you guys get it nice and cheap, in Belfast, Northern Ireland its around £18-£20 say $25 so enjoy!! Jameson is much more popular, at least in the U.S., while Powers claims to be the best-selling whiskey in Ireland. Your site is tremendously helpful!!! I also think they are using less pot still in the blend. John's Lane Release is a celebration of the original style of Powers Whiskey and the quintessential Irish Single Pot Still distillate. There are several entry level Irish blend at $18-20 here. Jameson (/ ˈ dʒ eɪ m ə s ən / or / ˈ dʒ ɛ m ə s ən /) is a blended Irish whiskey produced by the Irish Distillers subsidiary of Pernod Ricard.Originally one of the six main Dublin Whiskeys, Jameson is distilled at the New Midleton Distillery in County Cork.It is by far the best-selling Irish whiskey in the world; in 2019, annual sales … Maker: Irish Distillers, Cork, Ireland (Pernod-Ricard). 2) Burn, cotton candy (more bourbon barrel notes or are they grain whiskey notes? Kilbeggan is very good though, and I may have to do a direct comparison against Power’s very soon. Try $38 per bottle in Central Texas…under $20 stuff around here comes in a plastic bottle…lucky you if you get it cheaper…good whiskey, smoother and tastier than Jameson, but lacks J’s harder, dryer punch which I really enjoy…wouldn’t kick either of them out of bed. As you can see, the differences in Irish and American whiskies does stretch beyond simply the country of origin. Only if nothing else is available. Bushmills, on the other hand, was officially licensed in 1608 by King James I (of Bible fame) and despite of its location deep in the heart of Protestant country (and this next bit is straight from my local Bushmills rep, so take it or leave it) has a Catholic as a master distiller. Thanks for the comment! Both are excellent neat or with a splash of water, and I suppose in a pinch you could mix them for cocktails. It also won’t wreck you or taste off like Teachers or Famous Grouse. But don’t confuse that with something inherent to “single-malt.”. Personally (and this is just my opinion), I find it easier to find good single malts than to find good blends. Has anyone tried Knappogue Castle 12 yqer old? Which will come out on top!? In fact, it’s generally considered to be true (although I don’t think there’s a ton of proof) that Auchentoshan was founded by Irish settlers fleeing famines in Ireland. By that I mean inexpensive, as this spirit is surprisingly complex, flavorful, and smooth for an $18 bottle of blended Irish whiskey. The real question for you is how much you are looking to spend. Great whiskey , Powers over Jameson any day . I am not a big blend drinker. I’m tasting a Powers v. a Paddy tonight. I believe that’s correct. Cheers! Whether that’s treating our workers like family, helping out Irish farmers along the way, or even fielding our own Powers United Football Club, we’ve always tried to make whiskey the right way along the … I think the allure of single-malts has more to do with the peat and that they’re usually aged longer. Powers Gold Label whiskey contains hints of golden raisins, honey, and hay which provide a very light and nicely balanced whiskey … Jameson is considered to be the world’s best-selling Irish whiskey. Have you tried the Jameson Select Reserve? Also for around 30 bucks blackbush is awesome and made od 90% single malt and some grain. When I do, I tend to find that inexpensive Irish whiskys are generaly much better than scotches in the same price range; say around $20. Both are less than $20 US per 750ml bottle and are widely available in the US. Jameson is a little less flavorful than Powers, I’ll give you that – it tends to be leaner. I would add one thing: while there are only a limited number of truly excellent blends (anything costing more than, say, $30 a bottle), there are literally hundreds of amazing single malts to try, more than half of them entirely unpeated (or with so little peat that you can’t detect it). Blue Spot is matured for at least seven years in Bourbon barrels, Sherry butts and Portuguese Madeira casks. I find both of them very light and fruity with an overall taste that is smooth and very very light. Also the original nip was in a small bottle called a baby power! I don’t buy into the whole single-malt thing. Think I’ll try Red Breast and kilbeggan! It has a light, crisp flavor that reminds me of Glenfiddich, but without the citrus notes. It's a more refined Irish Whiskey made by the Midleton Distillery, the same distillery that makes Jameson. I saw it for sale recently for $1750……. Both are classics, both are made at the same distillery and owned by the same company. 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