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Review: Powers John’s Lane and Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy

August 12th, 2011

Here’s our review of the two new single pot still Irish whiskeys from Midleton

Powers John’s Lane, 46%, 55

Wow! Could this be the greatest comeback since Rocky climbed back in the ring and showed the young upstarts who was the boss? It’s taken Irish Distillers a long time to respond to the pounding it’s taken from Cooley but it’s back in the ring with two wonderful pot still whiskeys. This is the better of the two, a whopping oily, woody package of classic pot still Irishness. The green fruits tumble over tannin and spice like frisky puppies. —Dominic Roskrow

Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 94

Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy, 46%, 160

Like the man himself, this is altogether more considered and elegant, mixing whiskeys up to 25 years old for a complex and less bruising experience than the Powers. Instead, lemon and lime zest, kumquat, and blood orange entwine themselves around vanilla, nutmeg, and soft, drying tannins. No big knockout punches, but it goes the distance and wins unanimously and easily on points. —Dominic Roskrow

Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 92

17 Responses to “Review: Powers John’s Lane and Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy”

  1. JohnM says:

    Great to have more pot still whiskey. I love these two. Think I prefer the Barry Crocket, but the Powers is fantastic too. Lots in common with the rest of the Powers family.

  2. George Jetson says:

    Just put these two on my Euro shopping list for next month. While it is great to see some new Irish hitting the market, I am still very concerned over the fate of Green Spot. It is still my “go to” for pure pot still refreshment at a price that is remarkably budget conscious.

    Any word on these two new whiskeys coming to the US?

  3. David says:

    I agree that the John’s Lane edges it in a head-to-head comparison. It’s a wonderful whiskey, and at that price it’s one we can actually afford to drink!

    You are right about Cooley too – they have been setting the pace in recent years.

  4. Mary says:

    I really enjoy Irish pot still when they are done well – and it sounds like these are really good. Hurry up & get them to the USA, Midleton!!!

  5. Greg says:

    Great….two more to add to my shopping list. I picked up the Midleton Very Rare early this year and like it very much. I’ve liked bourbon for a very long time but Irish Pot Still is really ringing my bell.

  6. Scott says:

    Great to see these earn such positive review. The world needs more good Irish whiskey. More importantly, America needs more good Irish whiskey!

  7. TheMandarin says:

    Question, why is it that Barry Crockett (92) “goes the distance and wins unanimously and easily on points” but then has a lower score than John’s Lane (94)?

    Was this intentional?

  8. Ryan says:

    Two more for the Irish Distillers/Pernod Ricard ‘Single Continent’ stable. As with the others, these aren’t worth horrid exchange rates and overseas shipping either.

    • Red_Arremer says:

      I’m curious Ryan– What do you mean by “Irish Distillers/Pernod Ricard ‘Single Continent’ stable”?

      • Ryan says:

        These two, the two Dublin-only Midleton Single Casks, Greenspot, Jameson Signature Reserve, Crested Ten…

        All either pure/single pot still, or a proportion of pot still, and unavailable here.

  9. JC Skinner says:

    I honestly think there is no greater bargain in the whiskey world than the Powers John’s Lane. If they trebled the price to match the Barry Crockett, it would still be decent value. It’s an absolutely spectacular dram. The reviewer here is not exaggerating one iota.
    Pace JohnM, I don’t think the Crockett quite matches it, though it does very much emulate all the best character of the Midleton Very Rare which it is based upon.
    @Ryan: I do appreciate what you say about IDL/Pernod Ricard’s distribution policy. It must be as frustrating as my trying to get small-batch bourbon over here. My understanding is that IDL intend to go heavily down promoting single pot still, and that means worldwide. This launch is just the debut. There will be more releases in future years (expect a Red Spot and a Yellow Spot) and they will go around the globe.
    I would add that, much as I like Crested Ten, you’re not missing a classic there. the two Midleton single casks, I felt, were overpriced even before the exchange rate and postage is factored in. And even on this side of the pond, the Signature Reserve is travel retail only.
    But if you like potstill whiskey, I can honestly say that the John’s Lane comes close to perfection as I’ve tasted. And at the price point they’ve put it at, it might well be worth the added cost of exchange and shipping.

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