hoser wrote:How is it compared to Jameson 12, in your opinion? Is just getting the Jameson 12 worth the extra money as a daily drinker or is Powers is great value for that purpose?
That is like comparing "apples to oranges". Powers makes for a nice inexpensive daily dram.
BTW, I would take Jameson 12 over Powers NAS any day
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If your looking for value in taste to price ratio in an Irish blend that is full of flavour and smooth & silky to drink then spend the extra money and go for the Jameson 12yo.
Both are triple distilled of course so you get that distinctive smoothness.
And of course the JJS is 12yrs old so it is far more mature and overall a more rich and velvety experience.
Then again, there's this ppowerful classic Irish whsikey taste in the Powers that I'm drawn to time and time again. According to the chaps at the distillery it comes with a significantly superior Pure Pot Still component to that which is in Jameson although they as always, refuse to specify the exact ratios. Rumour has it that Powers has about 60% Pure Pot Still. Does anyone out there have a better idea?
There is a Powers 12 year old which I've never seen outside of Ireland. But it is fantastic, however, I find it hard to 'place' it. It's like an old friend whose name I've forgotten. It's a strange one. But then again I've only had it a couple of times. Maybe we need to get together and catch up on old times!
All the key brands are matured in both sherry and bourbon. IDL actually control the sherry casks from start to finish. They commision them and then lease them to a couple of Bodegas in Olorosso. I can find out the actual names of these Bodegas, in fact I have a video clip of Brendan at work down there. He mentioned at the time that Bourbon casks were costing them about â‚¬70 (or $70 maybe) a cask but the sherry casks cost about â‚¬700! Each!
The main exceptions to this rule (bearing in mind how each whiskey has it's own combination ratio between Sherry and Bourbon but also between first fill Bourbon (B1), second fill Sherry (S2) etc) are Midleton, Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve and Jameson Gold.
Midleton Rare uses only Bourbon casks picked out by Barry Crockett.
Jameson Gold is the only IDL brand to use B0's or virgin unseasoned Bourbon casks (generally about 10 years matured so strong wood overtones).
The Rarest Vintage Reserve has Port Pipe matured components and for furture vintagers they have stock of Madiera and Marsala matured whiskey waiting in the wings.
I don't think there's a place like it in the world when it comes to the levels of obsession about wood and casks.
The Rarest Vintage Reserve is brilliant, I think. It's just a shame that Irish Distillers charge us â‚¬400 in Ireland for it, while the Americans only have to pay $250. Now amount of tax can make up the difference.
It seems the whiskey makers in Midleton want to push on according to their own traditions and the focus on distillation styles, cask selections etc is of far more importance than playing the aging game.
So Rarest Vintage Reserve becomes a difficult brand to price. What do you benchmark it against. Johnny Walker Blue achieved a premium status without aging and a lot of myth building.
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