Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Powers Special Reserve 12: Whisk(e)y Wednesday presented by Calandro's Supermarket

Powers Special Reserve 12 Irish Whiskey
Powers Special Reserve 12 year Irish Whiskey made a strong showing with our Raise a Glass judges, earning a lofty 83 average score.  Anything in the 80s is definitely a very drinkable whisk(e)y, and Powers is certainly no exception.  Fruits of fig, honey dew, and cantaloupe filled the nose as well as a little lemon zest in a surprise citrus showing.  The taste had a smooth and toasted profile.  I likened it to toasted Honey Nut Cheerios.  Eric found to be mellow with a little spice while James found notes of caramel and butter.  It finished smooth with a gradual creaminess and superb mouth-feel.  The Powers Gold Label Special Reserve 12 year carried a lovely balance of flavors between sweet, fruity, toasty, and spicy.  The complexity clearly found its home in this Irish whiskey too, which can be rare for the style.  Definitely a whiskey worthy of adding to any collection looking for more variety in Irish spirits. 

Powers Special Reserve 12 Irish Whiskey

83.0 Average Score

Whisk(e)y Wednesday is a blog post series on Bite and Booze sponsored by Calandro's Supermarket. Calandro's has one of Baton Rouge's best selections of bourbon, Scotch, and other whisk(e)ys as well as wine and craft beer. WW is created and rated by the hosts of Raise a Glass. Scores are marked for Nose, Taste, Finish, and Balance and Complexity using our own propriatary scoring system. Marks are then added and averaged, leaving us with a final score out of a 100 point scale. Our scale should be looked at on the full range of 0-100 rather than an academic range where 70 is passing and anything less is failing. A 50 should be considered a very mediocre whisk(e)y while anything below 20 is absolute horse piss and anything above 90 is rather extraordinary.

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