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Powers John’s Lane 12 Year Old Irish Whiskey Review

In Irish Whiskey Reviews by Lee Stang4 Comments


John's Lane Release is a celebration of the original style of Powers Whiskey and the quintessential Irish Single Pot Still distillate. 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
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Powers John's Lane 12 Year Old Irish Whiskey

  • DISTILLER: Midleton Distillery in County Cork
  • MASH BILL: A blend of unmalted and malted barley.
  • AGE: 12 Years
  • YEAR: 2019
  • PROOF: 92 (46% ABV)
  • MSRP: $60-$70
  • BUY ONLINE: Wine-Searcher.com

NOSE: Honey | Pepper | Fruit | Chocolate Pudding | Solder Smoke

TASTE: Cinnamon | Apples | Honey | Solder Smoke

FINISH: A creamy finish with pepper coming in late on the tongue. A slow warming feeling.

SHARE WITH: Those who enjoy Irish whiskey or bourbon lovers looking to branch out and taste an excellent Irish whiskey.

WORTH THE PRICE: Yes, for the bottle.

BOTTLE, BAR OR BUST: Bottle. This is a great Irish whiskey.

OVERALL: I’ve been a fan of Irish whiskey for about 20 years but have never drank a lot of it. During that time however, I have thoroughly enjoyed having a pour from time to time. My favorites include Jameson Rarest Vintage, Redbreast Cask Strength and Power’s John Lane 12 Year.

Our daughter and son in law brought me back a bottle of Powers John’s Lane after a trip to Ireland over 5 years ago. I will admit I nursed that bottle and finally finished it earlier in the year. Recently I had a chance to have a couple pours of this again. Every time I have a pour I always wonder why I don’t drink this more often.

Powers John’s Lane 12 year is a Single Pot Still whiskey. Single Pot Still is a blend of malted and unmalted barleys distilled in a pot still. It is unique to Ireland and at one time was the biggest selling whiskey in the world. It was originally called Pure Pot Still but the name was changed to Single because of US food and drug regulations related to using the word pure. When I started writing this review, I wanted to know more about Single Pot Still Whiskey so I ordered the book, A Glass Apart. This book is full of info on Irish Single Pot Still Whiskies and very informative. Note however, if you are interested, that the print is fairly small and the font is light.

The majority of Powers John’s Lane 12 Year is aged in used bourbon casks, with a small contribution of distillate aged in used Oloroso sherry casks. It is somewhat similar to Redbreast 12 Year Irish Whiskey but it uses much less of the Sherry Cask component, is a higher proof and is non-chill filtered. To me this gives Powers John’s Lane a richer taste and a more satisfying pour.

You may have noticed in my notes, solder smoke, and you are probably thinking “what?”  When I was 15, I bought a Heathkit Short Wave Radio. Heathkit sold electronic products such as radios, stereos, etc., that had to be assembled. I remember my Dad helping me put this together. Since soldering was required, solder smoke was present both in the air and in the mouth and it has a tendency to linger. Every once in a while with Powers John’s Lane I get that same note on the nose and the palate. It makes me think of my Dad and our time spent putting that radio together. Cheers Dad!

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About the Author
Lee Stang

Lee Stang


Lee’s bourbon journey started with one mistaken gulp of bourbon and coke as an eight-year-old. While bourbon was always part of his life, Lee followed a beer, wine path for the most part until a bartender poured him a taste of Buffalo Trace about ten years ago. It was at that point Lee’s love of bourbon really took off. Not only does Lee enjoy a good pour of bourbon but he is more than willing and excited to talk about it. Lee believes that bourbon, and for that matter all spirits, is enhanced by the experience of good company, good conversation and good bars. The combination leads to great stories. Say hi to him when you see him. Lee lives in Leesburg, VA, with his wife, best friend, and drinking partner, Patti. You might find her having a bourbon as well. Both Lee and Patti like to read mystery thrillers and travel. Most likely the travel leads to visits to new bars.


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    I bought a bottle of this about a year ago, and have to admit I was fairly disappointed with it. After being open a little while, it settled down quite nicely and is indeed an excellent whiskey. However, I have to give the nod to Redbreast cask strength; probably my favorite Irish whiskey of all time. Slainte

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