My experience with these 2 whiskeys is completely different from the authors. pot still whiskey and a grain whiskey made from unmalted barley and other grains. As a single malt Scotch drinker I find that these and most other Irish whiskies lack the complexity and on palate taste sensations. It's clean, floral, mildly sweet, and easy to sip, with just a touch of woody flavors from the barrel. The main differences between Tullamore Dew vs Jameson are: Tullamore Dew is produced in different distilleries, whereas Jameson is produced in a single distillery. When it comes to this subject, Irish whiskey-drinkers seem to be as divided as the Emerald Isle itself. It's a more refined Irish Whiskey made by the Midleton Distillery, the same distillery that makes Jameson. Smooth but not for me! I’ve been drinking Powers for 20 years. Has anyone tried Knappogue Castle 12 yqer old? Jameson not without its charm. You can find well-aged whiskeys of other varieties and other whiskey brands that go for the same peatiness. Powers is aged 100 percent in Bourbon casks for five to six years. I have toured the Bushmill’s Distillary but I won’t drink Protestant whiskey. Your site is tremendously helpful!!! There’s a certain point where some of the subtleties in a good single get lost, so switching to Powers is a good economic choice. They certainly both give The Glenlivet 12, the ubiquitous ‘inexpensive’ single-malt, a run for its money. I like it. Both are excellent neat or with a splash of water, and I suppose in a pinch you could mix them for cocktails. Bushmills makes some great single malt 10,16 and 21 I believe. I personally think Monkey Shoulder is a pretty good deal for the money (all malt and in the mid-$20? Since I am not a fan of peat (smoke) I have gravitated to Irish and bourbon. In terms of quality, Jameson wins by virtue of its smooth, crisp dryness against Powers’ rough edges. I’m on my second 750ml of Powers Gold. The mashes used in both bourbon and rye account for a near infinite combination of sweet and spicy flavors, while the … Here we find ourselves drinking Slane Irish Whiskey in October. Blackbush is another nice choice but tends to be more pricey where I am. The finish starts small and grows, giving you loads of honey, graham cracker, butterscotch, and more green apple skins. Both can be found for about the same price (around $22 give or take) and their standard bottlings can be found throughout the world. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. I get the original posters honey, buttery caramel nose, loads of toffee and caramel in the taste and yes at first i didn’t like the dryness, letting it sit for 10 minutes with a single cube of ice took away the dryness and gave it an oily buttery toffeeness which was fantastic and made it too easy to drink judging by my sore head. I tried Powers last night for the first time. That’s Protestant whiskey!” – Detective Jimmy McNulty, The WireBushmills vs. Jameson. A splash of water cuts through the body, without adding much in terms of flavor, except perhaps a few hints of fruit blossoms or mown grass. ), and while I think it’s a little on the sweet side, I don’t find it overdone – I’ll be doing a review eventually. Seems to have made it’s way up to $35 USD in CA. I think I will stick with Jameson as a cheap mixer. Also the original nip was in a small bottle called a baby power! The attack is expectedly dry, but a few seconds on the tongue reveals cereally sweetness, citrus peel, and tropical fruits like banana and kiwi. , Hi Mary. Jameson claims to be all pot-still and all barley (a combination of malted and unmalted) while Powers is a combination of grain whiskey and pot-still malt. I am comfortable with all the Scottish malts from the Glenkinchie. The body is quite full, with a slightly oily quality. While there are certainly some fine blends, definitely even a few that are better than your average single-malt, in general blends are popular because they are easy to drink, mix well, and are above all cheap. Though Bushmills is the #2 Irish whiskey in the U.S., Tullamore Dew is #2 Irish whiskey (after Jameson) worldwide, so not too surprising that you would see it most places. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. It’s cheaper than Jameson or Bushmills. I think the allure of single-malts has more to do with the peat and that they’re usually aged longer. Now, it’s important to note that the Scottish Reformation occurred in 1560, so odds are in favor of the founder of the Jameson distillery, being Scottish, was a damn Protestant. Powers Irish whiskey is owned by Irish Distillers, or IDL as they are better known and are an amalgamation of the Powers, Jameson and Paddy whiskey brands and businesses who joined forces for the good of the Irish whiskey category, as well as to grow their united company through strength in numbers. Purists may say one should never take premium Jameson Irish Whiskey with anything other than a splash of water, but they can never be … Jameson Irish Whiskey is renowned on the Whiskey Universe for its smoothness and how flavorsome it is. Still, its lighter style is similar to single malts made in Ireland, such as Bushmills. Hugely underrated, it has been obscured by the worldwide prominence of its stablemate Jameson. I agree with your assessment of Teachers and Grouse – too much grain whisky, too harsh. Good stuff. Taste is more like rye. There are darn good blends made from the better single-malts and they can be blended in a way that creates something more balanced and complex than the one spirit from the one place (or mixed with inferior spirits). also paddy is the big seller among the irish in ireland. As for Powers vs. Jameson, I’ll take Powers every time. That being said, some days the proverbial moths in the wallet might induce one to cut back on the single-malt budget and go in for something a little cheaper. Powers. After logging in you can close it and return to this page. I also found Power’s is my one of favorite whiskeys to turn to after an evening of single malts with friends. Furthermore, sometimes one might receive a visitor from out of town, and after one waxes poetic for 20 minutes about the delights of single-malt Scotch, this visitor may have the gall to ask for a whisky-and-soda… on ICE. Everybody Hates Rahm, this fall on The CW. Normally I save all my Irish whiskey for March, but I figured it would be fun to break with tradition a bit since this is a non-traditional Irish whiskey. Yes, plenty of Irish whiskey is ordered as shots or in … Only if nothing else is available. That’s all pot still and aged nicely. I like your approach. Have you tried the Jameson Select Reserve? It’s a little sweet but not overdone like Monkey Shoulder. Cheers! Jameson is considered to be the world’s best-selling Irish whiskey. I’m still going to attempt to do a whole month of Irish Whiskey in a few months, so don’t worry … Even Tullamore Dew comes from Midleton, because although the brand now has its own distillery, it will be another year or two before even … I got started on single-malt Scotch and that has irrevocably spoiled me for anything distilled. The finish is short, but complete with the same floral and bitter-fruit notes from the aroma. Whether that’s treating our workers like family, helping out Irish farmers along the way, or even fielding our own Powers United Football Club, we’ve always tried to make whiskey the right way along the … The nose is mellow, with upfront buttery caramel and bright honeyed cereal. Powers Gold is $30 here. I bought a bottle a few weeks ago and absolutely loved it! The nose is sharp, but with hints of vanilla, grape skins, and filtered apple juice. Bushmills is not protestant whiskey. Jameson has the same bite but I don’t like the heavy oatmeal taste. What is it exactly that makes the preference for one of these iconic brands over another more loaded than, say, … It is refreshing but it doesn’t have a lot of depth. Powers: Powers might have only a small following, but that following is devoted. But that’s merely based on geography: Bushmills is from Northern Ireland (a predominantly Protestant region) and Jameson is from Cork – Catholic country.. Jameson was pretty much founded in 1780 when John Jameson – a Scottish guy – purchased the Bow Street Distillery, which at the time was one of the biggest distilleries in Ireland. Most bars do not have Powers on the shelf, in that case I drink Jameson. Powers was lined up and flowing freely. This is the newest addition to the Jameson family, the bestselling Irish whiskey in the entire world. Jameson is much more popular, at least in the U.S., while Powers claims to be the best-selling whiskey in Ireland. I like that…. The Noob’s Top 10 Cocktails, The Balvenie (15 year) Single Barrel Cask #201, ScotchNoob Recommends: The Glencairn Glass, ScotchNoob Recommends: The World Atlas of Whisky, ScotchNoob Recommends: Whisky Advocate Magazine, Book Review: The World Atlas of Whisky by Dave Broom, Mortlach (15 year) – Game of Thrones “Six Kingdoms”. A bottle. Kilbeggan is very good though, and I may have to do a direct comparison against Power’s very soon. Powers is much smoother than Jameson and it doesn’t give me pounding headaches. When I do, I tend to find that inexpensive Irish whiskys are generaly much better than scotches in the same price range; say around $20. Also for around 30 bucks blackbush is awesome and made od 90% single malt and some grain. Jameson's head of whiskey science Dave Quinn is friends with the head of the brewery Franciscan Well in Cork. Whiskeys like Jameson, Bushmills, Kilbeggan Tullamore Dew, and Powers are all solid … Making a celebrated whiskey helps. They will charge whatever the market will bear! She was stating this as a negative, but if it improves the taste … sure why not?!! Powers is awesome but I found it for 28 ! As for this comparison, I prefer Powers over Jameson. There is also a little fruit, like a bit of blackberry jam or cherry pie filling. I had Powers for the first time yesterday at the wake for Mike McCourt at Original Joe’s in San Francisco. I will make an effort to give this one a try and compare. Which will come out on top!? I paid $24 for Knappogue Castle and I was very pleasantly surprised. If you like sherried whisky (a la Macallan) then Powers is pretty amazing for the price. …which I think is justified since it’s the superior whiskey, imo. Another way of putting that: I’ve been disappointed by blends more often than I’ve been disappointed by single malts. that stuff is the smoothest 80 proof ever… jameson is like drinking turpentine comparatively. Powers is my choice among Irish whiskey followed by Tullamore Dew and then Bushmill. A great bourbon can be 1/3 of the price of a single malt or even less. There is also a predominant dryness that is unfortunately similar to bottom-shelf vodka, which detracts from the sweet cereal and spice flavors. A past recipient of The American Taste Award for Excellence and a Double Gold winner in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Powers is touted as the perfect whiskey for the best-tasting Irish Coffee. A splash of water opens up some herbal, grassy notes, but they are indistinct. Personally (and this is just my opinion), I find it easier to find good single malts than to find good blends. improves the experience, and makes the flavors more apparent to both the nose and the tongue. I am not a big blend drinker. Equipped with three copper pot stills, Teeling Distillery opened in 2015 … Bushmills has also released Red Bush at a slightly higher price point the white label Bushmills (about the same as Black Bush). Very smooth. Now has a cork bottle cap and a lether name plate around the neck. Maker: Irish Distillers, Cork, Ireland (Pernod-Ricard). I bought it on a whim and am eternally greatful that I did. Non chill filtered and bottled at cask strength, nothing is added or taken away, for a whiskey that is full flavoured and uniquely satisfying. Blue Spot is matured for at least seven years in Bourbon barrels, Sherry butts and Portuguese Madeira casks. power is way better than paddy to anybody but the label addicted or the paid snarf. * * Your information may be used by Irish Distillers International Limited and its affiliates to provide you with news and promotional information about Jameson. Powers Three Swallows is a nice choice, further up the scale. I will be a staple I my liquor cabinet now. We tried it tonight for the first time and it the best Irish whiskey we have had in while. There are lots of great Irish whiskeys out there. I cut my teeth on blended Irish and Canadian whiskies, so naturally, I’ve a soft spot for light and sweet flavors in single malts others might decry as being “boring”. I just tried Jameson Black Barrel and I was really impressed!! It has a light, crisp flavor that reminds me of Glenfiddich, but without the citrus notes. As you can see, the differences in Irish and American whiskies does stretch beyond simply the country of origin. It also won’t wreck you or taste off like Teachers or Famous Grouse. Thanks for the comment! Jameson Caskmates. It has a bit more flavor than Jameson, but its not worth $10 more. The Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog in New York, which has been voted the best bar in the world, teamed up with Dublin Liberties Distillery Master Distiller Darryl McNally to create this whiskey inspired by \"notorious Irish street gang in New York City in the mid-1800s.\" It's a blend of aged Irish single malt and grain whiskies, and the bar's beve… Tullamore is still my favourite, but paddy was a delightful suprise. So what is the outcome of this classic battle? ( Log Out /  Here in Illinois we can still get Powers for $20 and Powers Signature Release (single pot) for about $40. Jameson is cheap. It’s flavorful, tangy and lighter than many of its peers. One of the best ryes I’ve found is Wild Turkey Rye. Change ), Head to Head, The Eternal Struggle: Jameson vs. I don’t buy into the whole single-malt thing. I’m suspicious of Jameson because they spend so much on advertising! Teeling Small Batch; Conclusion. And I must agree that single malt scotch can be overrated and certainly overpriced. Jamesons finish makes me cringe, Powers finish is much smoother for me. I’d sure like to know where you got Powers for $16 a bottle. Bushmills Black Bush is one of my all time favorites. I thought it was delicious and a great value for the money. Why anyone would feel the need to consume Jameson in shot form is one of life’s eternal mysteries and makes me Personally, I like all whiskeys, be they Scotch, Irish, Canadian, or American. This is no single-malt Scotch, but it is a pleasant and very drinkable whiskey with unexpectedly bright, available flavors, a smooth mouthfeel, and no “cringe” in the aftertaste. Think I’ll try Red Breast and kilbeggan! Had some Powers last night- hence I was looking for a few reviews to see if people enjoyed it as much as I did. There is a firm body, but no coat-your-mouth viscosity. Bushmills (80 proof; $21) Besides whiskey has no religion. They’re like women…there’s something beautiful and distinct about each. By that I mean inexpensive, as this spirit is surprisingly complex, flavorful, and smooth for an $18 bottle of blended Irish whiskey. Any truth to this dram being in common with traditional Irish Whiskey? In this Whisky War, we do a whiskey review of Jameson 18 vs Jameson Original whiskey. Redbreast is owned by Irish Distillers, which owns the Midleton distillery and there it makes Redbreast, Midleton, Paddy, Powers and Jameson, all … to a full blown Island malt such as Lagavulin. It's a simple whiskey that's easy to enjoy. One reviewer above mentioned a preference for Irish over Scotch in low-budget choices. At any rate, Powers isn’t particularly earth-shattering either, but it has more going on than Jameson. Knappogue Castle 12 yr is a great affordable choice and a unique one at that. Well worth it! I am thankful for Mike’s legacy and for the management of Original Joe’s for making this generous tribute possible! Enjoy! Today I explore two of the biggest names in blended Irish whiskey: Jameson and Powers Gold Label. One the palate you get a wash of melted butter and shortbread, then quite a lot of dryness, which finally subsides with cinnamon, clove, toffee and green apple skins. Jameson moved it’s distillery to Cork, although bow street is still open for tourists. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. I haven’t tried the Select Reserve yet, but it’s on my (so very long) list. Both are excellent neat or with a splash of water, and I suppose in a pinch you could mix them for cocktails. The pure pot still component of the blend is also bottled alone and sold as Redbreast. Actually, I had a lot of them. But don’t confuse that with something inherent to “single-malt.”. [admin note: edited to remove all capitals.]. For an Irish at its price point, Powers is highly recommended. Compared to Kilbeggan, Tallamore and Jameson, Paddy is our second. I consent to receive news and promotional information about Jameson ®. I tend to shy away from the more-expensive blends, because I like to try them first before laying out for a bottle (whereas I know I’ll always have a use for a $20 blend). As for age, try a Redbreast 15 year old Irish Whiskey. The whiskey from the Glenlivet distillery also gets put into Chivas Regal. Haven’t tried powers yet…, @ck I haven’t tried it, but Kilbeggan is made by Cooley, which has built a very nice portfolio of quality Irish whiskey, including blends, pure pot still, and single malt. Try $38 per bottle in Central Texas…under $20 stuff around here comes in a plastic bottle…lucky you if you get it cheaper…good whiskey, smoother and tastier than Jameson, but lacks J’s harder, dryer punch which I really enjoy…wouldn’t kick either of them out of bed. Maybe that accounts for its popularity. Powers Gold Label Irish Whiskey – an extremely affable Irish Whiskey that is slightly heavier with a slightly deeper flavor than Jameson. Buddy alot of distillers in Ireland including King Arthur Guinness were protestants!! Like Jameson, it is blended whiskey, some combination of pure pot-still whiskey with column-still grain whiskey (allegedly 70% pure pot still to 30% grain). Powers is an excellent pick for an affordable, easy drinking Irish Whiskey. 2) Thick, heavy body (for an Irish blend anyway). . In fact, it’s generally considered to be true (although I don’t think there’s a ton of proof) that Auchentoshan was founded by Irish settlers fleeing famines in Ireland. Twenty years ago my wife bought me a bottle of 25 year old McCallan for $175. I am new to Irish and Scotch whiskey. Irish Whiskey Brands Best | SEO Zen Bonus, Cocktails: Part One. Respectfully, though, I think anybody who adds a cube or a splash should be shot at sunrise! As Texas Coach noted, I’m not sure Powers can be called really cheap anymore. But aside from quietly going about our business, we’re a whiskey built on never cutting corners. Powers, however, has more interesting and lip-smacking flavors. Please log in again. The Whiskey: This is another great entry-point Irish whiskey — both to the style and Powers’ wider range of expressions. Jameson remains a classic example of the style. John's Lane Release is a celebration of the original style of Powers Whiskey and the quintessential Irish Single Pot Still distillate. Can’t get it in Iowa. This was my first Irish wake. I’ve been trying out the Irish blends lately, andI’d have to say i’d pick Killbeggan over Jameson these days. I have drunk Jamesons and Bushmills when they have been offered . 2) Richer, good butterscotch candy, caramel apple, 1) Sweet, medium bodied, a bit of maltyness. (esp since Elijah Craig 12 bourbon is 24!) The simple truth is that inexpensive blends make up some 90% of the Scotch market (and an even larger percent of the Irish whiskey market). Not to mention the bottle is one of the best designed and most beautiful in all of whiskeydom. Powers Gold Label whiskey contains hints of golden raisins, honey, and hay which provide a very light and nicely balanced whiskey … Bushmills, on the other hand, was officially licensed in 1608 by King James I (of Bible fame) and despite of its location deep in the heart of Protestant country (and this next bit is straight from my local Bushmills rep, so take it or leave it) has a Catholic as a master distiller. It certainly has a lot of the hallmarks of traditional Irish whiskey, although in keeping with practices in Scotland, it uses a mash of 100% malted barley, as opposed to the (then) more traditional Irish practice of mixing various grains, both malted and unmalted, into the mash (aka single pot still whiskey). Redbreast is a pure pot still whiskey, meaning it's made from 100% barley (both malted and unmalted) as opposed to Jameson, which is a blended whiskey (made from a blend of barley and other grains). It was recommended to me..I really enjoyed it..i am a Jameson drinker..but do believe i will be reaching for Powers for now on at the liquor store…Also i noticed this morning..No Headache!!! 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. Michael, Thanks for sharing your point of view! Jameson (/ ˈ dʒ eɪ m ə s ən / or / ˈ dʒ ɛ m ə s ən /) is a blended Irish whiskey produced by the Irish Distillers subsidiary of Pernod Ricard.Originally one of the six main Dublin Whiskeys, Jameson is distilled at the New Midleton Distillery in County Cork.It is by far the best-selling Irish whiskey in the world; in 2019, annual sales … Both are classics, both are made at the same distillery and owned by the same company. It has a bad reputation in Ireland as only being good for hot whiskeys and its an unfair reputation. I know this article is a few years old, but when I’ve found Powers, it’s always more expensive then Jamesons. Cheers. "This body will immediately launch an investigation into whether Grogu was at the Jedi Temple the night Kylo went n…. It seems fruity to me, I can definately taste the apple. In 1966, with the Irish whiskey industry still struggling following Prohibition in the United States, the Anglo-Irish Trade War and the rise of competition from Scotch whiskey, John Powers & Son joined forces with the only other remaining distillers in the Irish Republic, the Cork Distilleries Company and their Dublin rivals John Jameson … 2) Burn, cotton candy (more bourbon barrel notes or are they grain whiskey notes? Although there’s more flavor here, there isn’t a tremendous amount of complexity. This Scotsman doesn’t care for the peat, despite the fact I’ve tried to give it a break as an “acquired-taste.” Truly tried to give it the ol’ college try with several single malts, but I still don’t like it. Still perhaps the first Irish whiskey that most people try. The widely-accepted Irish-American version is that Jameson is Catholic whiskey and Bushmills is Protestant whiskey. ), maybe even some oak. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Go back to drinking your methylated spirits…. Or Finlaggan, that’s been my go-to recently. I’m not a Jameson fan. Jameson is a little less flavorful than Powers, I’ll give you that – it tends to be leaner. A bit of heat, butterscotch, brown sugar, and do I detect a wee bit of bourbon barrel influence? Enjoyed neat, it is smooth with a complex flavour of sweet and spicy. 1) Light and sweet, some burn, butterscotch and a lingering sweetness. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Hmmmmmm. Get over your prejudices. When I spoke to The Whiskey Reviewer’s circle of writers, friends and contacts about basic Irish whiskeys, only a few picked something other than Tullamore Dew and Jameson, but those few all picked Powers, and picked it … Powers Gold Label; Jameson Irish Whiskey; Tullamore D.E.W. Paddy, Powers, Jameson, and much more are all made at the same distillery. Powers is an outstanding Irish whiskey. Jameson not without its charm. As a colourful history would have it, this revered Blue Spot has remained underground … I find both of them very light and fruity with an overall taste that is smooth and very very light. There is also an overtone of shoe polish and something greasy, like machine oil. Try a bunch of single-malts side by side with Johnny Walker and you’ll begin to figure out which whiskeys are in that blend. 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