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01.
PRODUCTION PROCESS
  • Powers Irish Whiskey

    No other whiskey tastes like Powers Irish Whiskey because no other whiskey is made like it. A blend of triple distilled pot still & grain whiskeys, this is the story of how our truly unique distillation process delivers a complex, rich and layered taste that is ours and ours alone.
    Powers is made at the famous Midleton Distillery in Co. Cork. Like all of our whiskeys, we begin with the careful and considered selection of the finest ingredients.
    The creation of the pot still side of our whiskey begins by malting barley, then drying it in enclosed kilns so as to not impart any smokey flavor - unlike many other whiskies.
    This malted barley is then combined with unmalted barley and finely milled. This combination is mixed with water and our exclusively cultivated brewing yeast, creating a mash indigenous to Irish Whiskey.
    During fermentation the starches of the combined barleys are converted to alcohol. The ‘wash’ that is produced is then triple distilled and carefully maturated to ultimately become pot still whiskey.

     

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  • The unique cut

    ​At the heart of Powers complex and spicy flavor lies its distillation process, where, uniquely, more is cut from the top and tail of the second and third pot still charges, taking only the heart of the distillate.  The process starts within our copper stills where there are three stages of distillation, each happening in identical pot stills. These three stages are;
    1.The Wash Still
    2.The Feints Still
    3.The Spirit Still
    At each stage the liquid is heated, turning the alcohol into vapour and rising into the swan neck. But it’s in the second and third stills where the condensed spirit is uniquely cut to create the pot still element of Powers. Here we cut more heads off by cutting in later, and more tails off by cutting out earlier, leaving us with the uniquely focused, tightly cut heart of the distillate. This removes heavy fusel oils and overtly floral esters from the distillate.  The result is a singular, individual distillate which has a characteristically powerful, spicy and robust flavor that has always been associated with the Powers style. 

     

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  • Maturation

    ​Now that we have created this unique pot still flavor, our maturation process works carefully to protect and enhance it as it slowly matures.   Where other whiskeys over rely on the woods used in maturation to impart flavour, Powers is matured in mainly second and third fill American oak casks which protect and round out, rather than dominate, our carefully crafted distillate.  Our Master Blender then thoughtfully combines this distinctive pot still whiskey with triple distilled grain whiskey which has been carefully matured in the same way, producing the familiar, complex flavor that is Powers Gold Label.

     

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  • Non Chill Filtration

    The unique distillation process used in the creation of Powers is

    highly evolved, resulting in a whiskey that is singularly well made.
    This quality is such that we dont have to chill filter our whiskey,
    serving to maintain both the aesthetic and taste characteristics of our
    distillate style.Traditionally whiskeys of less than 46% abv are chill
    filtered however Powers is uniquely the only Irish whiskey at 43.2% ABV
    to be non-chill filtered, adding yet another notable aspect to this
    special whiskey.

     

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  • ABV & Bottling

    ​Our ABV of 43.2% is significant for a number of reasons. We believe that a slightly stronger volume of alcohol helps our distillate driven style to be resonate even more pronounced. And we’re not the first generation of Powers distillers to think so. Our traditional export strength, stretching back to the 1960s, had always been 43%. Remaining true to our heritage, we have chosen to return Powers Gold Label to its export roots.  Bottling  Now all that is left is to bottle our Whiskey. Every one bears our distinctive gold label, and each of them represents the strength we have in our beliefs. We are  unashamedly proud of it and everything that went in to creating it. So enjoy a glass and discover for yourself why with knowledge comes Powers.

     

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02.
PRODUCT INFO
  • WHAT IS IT ABOUT POWERS?

    There’s a reason why no other whiskey tastes like Powers - no other whiskey is made like Powers. The distinctively rich, round, complex, full flavors come from the unique way in which all our whiskeys are crafted. Not only do we triple distill our whiskey, we cut more from the top and tail of the second and third charges taking only the heart of the distillate. We then maintain this unique flavor profile through careful maturation and proprietary non-chill filtration. This results in a powerful, spicy flavor that is ours and ours alone.

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  • POWERS GOLD LABEL

    Powers Gold Label is a complex spice and honeyed taste experience. Every drop is triple distilled, with more cut from the top and tail of the second and third Pot Still charges. This means only the purest heart of the distillate is captured. This is then left to mature in select American oak casks which allow our distillate driven style to shine. Powers Gold Label is blended with the finest grain whiskey, also exclusively matured in American oak casks. Finally, a proprietary Powers 
production technique enables a non-chill filtration at 43.2% ABV – unique amongst Irish whiskey.

    NoseCinnamon, clove oil and white pepper in balance with russet apples and ripe pears, on a background of charred oak.
    TasteCinnamon, green peppers and a touch of nutmeg combined with orchard fruits, vanilla and toasted oak. All laid upon a crisp barley core.
    FinishLong Pot Still oils and spices slowly fade to rich barley and toasted wood.
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  • POWERS SIGNATURE RELEASE

    Powers Signature Release is a Single Pot Still Irish whiskey of outstanding complexity and flavor. Using the signature Powers Pot Still distillate, this whiskey has been matured mainly in American oak barrels with a subtle inclusion of first fill Oloroso Sherry casks. Under the watchful eye of our Master Blender, the whiskeys have been selected and married at just the right time to create an overall character of balance, intensity and depth.

    NoseCrisp herbal notes with touches of nutmeg, fig and black pepper corns. Sweet vanilla, followed by succulent berry fruits.
    TasteVanilla with black licorice and cinnamon reveal fresh fruit - melons, green apples and pears - followed by crisp barley.
    FinishLong and wonderfully complex honey and spice.
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  • POWERS JOHN'S LANE RELEASE.

    Powers John’s Lane Release is a Single Pot Still whiskey that celebrates the origin of the Powers Whiskey tradition and provides a glimpse of the whiskey style that made Powers famous. The distillate has been matured for no less than 12 years, mainly in American Oak casks with a small inclusion of Iberian Oak for balance and complexity and then married to create the distinctive honey and spice flavor of Powers.

    NoseAn abundance of earthy aromas, leather, tobacco with layers of charred wood, dark chocolate and treacle toffee.
    TasteFull bodied spice front followed by vanilla, honey and dried apricot.
    FinishLingering honey sweetness on toasted oak.
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04.
OUR HISTORY
1791

Powers Whiskey is Founded

James Power founded the distillery at John’s Lane near the Western Gate of Dublin City.
1821

John Power & Son

John Power took his 21 year old son James into the business and renamed it as John Power & Son Ltd
1841

Sir John Power

The Power Baronetcy, of Edermine in the County of Wexford, was created on 18 October 1841 for John Power.
1871

The Distillery is rebuilt and vastly extended

The distillery is rebuilt in classic Victorian style, occupying almost seven acres and employing about 300 people.
1886

The First DUBLIN Distillery to Bottle Whiskey

Powers began bottling their Gold Label Whiskey, becoming the first Dublin distiller to bottle their own whiskey.
1900

The ‘Baby Power’ is launched

By this date Powers had launched its 71ml bottle, quickly christened the 'Baby Powers'. It was the first of its kind in the world.
1960

The Powers Gold Cup

The Powers Gold Cup was first staged at Fairyhouse Racecourse, Co. Meath and is now one of the longest continuous event sponsorships anywhere in the world.
1975

New Distillery at Midleton, Co. Cork

Distillation moves to a new purpose built distillery at Midleton, Co. Cork. As an insurance policy, distillation continued at John’s Lane for one year until Midleton had ‘proven’ itself.
2013

Powers John’s Lane & Signature Release Launch in the US

Two single pot still expressions of Powers Whiskey are released in the US.
2013

Powers Gold Label Relaunches with a new look

Powers relaunches its iconic Gold Label whiskey with new look packaging, seeing a return to its original export strength of 43.2% ABV and non-chill filtration.
05.
HOW TO ENJOY
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  • How to Enjoy

    POWERS WHISKEY

    We might be precise about the way we make our whiskey, but we’re much more relaxed about how it’s enjoyed. Whatever works for you is fine by us. Whether it’s served neat, on the rocks or mixed, there’s now more ways than ever to enjoy Powers. Our cocktails have been inspired by famous 19th century recipes to enhance and work in harmony with our distinctive flavors.

  • How to Enjoy

    Powers Neat

    Pure, simple and perfect. The complexity within every drop is enough. This is for when you want nothing to come between you and those carefully crafted aromas and flavors.

     

  • How to Enjoy

    Powers On The Rocks

    Aside from chilling Powers to perfection, ice does something else too – it melts. As it does so, it slowly changes the flavor profile and dilutes the whiskey gradually, allowing you to enjoy a Powers experience that subtly changes with every sip. This allows you to enjoy a slow and gradual release of the full spectrum of Powers flavors.

  • How to Enjoy

    Powers Old Fashioned

    • 4 dashes Angostura Bitters
    • 1 tsp Sugar (or 2 sugar cubes)
    • 1 Orange wheel
    • 1 Maraschino cherry
    • 1 splash Club soda
    • 60 ml Powers Irish whiskey

     

    ​In an Old Fashioned glass, muddle the bitters, sugar, orange wheel, cherry and a splash of soda. Remove the orange rind, add the Powers Irish Whiskey and fill with ice. Garnish with a fresh orange wheel and cherry. 

     

  • How to Enjoy

    Perfect Powers Cocktail

    • 40ml Powers Irish Whiskey
    • 15ml sweet vermouth
    • 15ml dry vermouth
    • 2 dashes orange bitters
    • lemon twist

    Combine ingredients in an ice-filled mixing glass. Stir for about 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

    Optional:Rinse the ice with a bianco vermouth and splash it out of the mixing glass prior to making the drink.

  • How to Enjoy

    Powers Boulevardier

    • 30 ml Campari
    • 30 ml Sweet vermouth
    • 40 ml Powers Irish whiskey

    Garnish: Orange twist

    How to make the Boulevardier Cocktail:
    Add all the ingredients to a rocks glass filled with ice and stir to combine. Garnish with an orange twist.

    (To serve the drink up, add all the ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir, and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist.)

     

  • How to Enjoy

    Powers Punch

    • 2 parts Powers Irish Whiskey
    • 1 part fresh lemon juice*
    • 1 part tea syrup**
    • soda water

    Combine ingredients in an ice-filled highball glass, adding the soda water last. Lift the ice once or twice with a spoon to help the soda water mix the drink. Garnish with squeezed lemon wedges.

    *Juice of 3-4 lemon wedges. This will always be better than bottled/bought juice.

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