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Powers 2005 vs Powers 1970's

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Powers 2005 vs Powers 1970's

Postby bamber » Mon Apr 10, 2006 10:39 pm

Thanks to Aidan, I had the opportunity to try these 2 great whiskies against one another:

Powers 1970's:

N: Big industrial style potstill. Linseed oil and a hint of diesel. Dried fruit (currants), big spice and some sherry.
P: Oily good transference to palate from nose. Dried fruit comes through strongly.
C / B: Warming fruity finish. Very different to today's Power's Not as well behaved, but much more flavour and for me a superior whiskey.

Powers (today)

N: Estery potstill - white fruits and peaches. honeyed and sweet.
P: Sweet, but not too sweet. Soft pleasant mouthfeel, with honeyed fruitiness and soft grain.
C / B: Quite spicey warming finish. Medium length.

Both with big pot still influence but very different character. I would never have guessed they were the same brand. I prefer the old version.
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Postby Aidan » Mon Apr 10, 2006 11:07 pm

Hi Bamber

Your notes are very interesting. I also much prefer the 1970s one. I don't find too much that links them, apart from the honey.

I try to buy up as much of the early stuff as I can for drinking, as Powers is my standard drink.

There's something in the older Powers that I can't put my finger on. I keep coming up with "dusty", but I don't know what I mean!
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Postby bamber » Tue Apr 11, 2006 9:46 am

Hi Aidan - it is very different . Do you know if the potstill contained in the blend came from a different setup ?
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Postby Aidan » Tue Apr 11, 2006 9:51 am

Certainly a different set up to the modern version. The old version was distilled in John's Lane in Dublin using a pretty straightforward three still setup. The new stuff is made in Midleton. It's Chinese algebra by comparison.
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Postby bamber » Tue Apr 11, 2006 10:07 am

It's nice to try a different potstill flavour. With the current stuff available - Jameson, Powers, Redbreast and Green spot there is a certain amount of similarity, with regards the underlying potstill character. Don't get me wrong - I love that honeyed estery fruity taste you get with those whiskies, but they seem closer to each other than the 1970's Powers was to any of them.

I think it was you or IWC, who said they'd love to see Bushmills experiment with some potstill whisky and I'd certainty second that motion.
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Postby Aidan » Tue Apr 11, 2006 10:10 am

bamber wrote:It's nice to try a different potstill flavour. With the current stuff available - Jameson, Powers, Redbreast and Greenspot there is a certain amount of similarity, with regards the underlying potstill character. Don't get me wrong - I love that honeyed estery fruity taste you get with those whiskies, but they seem closer to each other than the 1970's Powers was to any of them.

I think it was you or IWC, who said they'd love to see Bushmills experiment with some potstill whisky and I'd certainty second that motion.


Yes, it is much different. I think they may have used a very small amount of other grain in the mash. Maybe oats.

I'd love to see Bushmills experiment in this way, but it's just a notion. I doubt it will happen.
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