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70  /  the tasting panel  /  december 2015 WORLD WHISK ( E ) Y Singled OUT Powers Signature Release, a single pot Irish whiskey, sits between Powers Gold Label and Powers John's Lane Release. Redbreast's line of single pot still Irish whiskey. by Roger Morris / photos by Gabi Porter Single pot still whiskey: Whiskey made at a single distillery from a mixed mash of malted barley and unmalted barley in a pot still—it's a style unique to Ireland. The Midleton Distillery, located in Cork County, Ireland, produces some of the world's best-known and beloved whiskies. Two of those brands, Powers and Redbreast, are among the oldest and most revered Irish whiskies in the industry, but ones whose qualities still appeal to today's whiskey lovers. Both produce single pot still releases that are poised for major growth in the U.S. Triple-distilled in traditional copper pot stills, Powers Signature Release, a single pot still Irish whiskey, begins with the brand's signature pot still distillate. It matures in American bourbon barrels and, for a brief time, in first-fill Spanish oloroso Sherry casks. The resulting spirit—after the Master Blender marries the whiskies—is one of balanced intensity with layers of vanilla, black licorice, cinnamon and fresh fruits. Established a century ago, Redbreast has four single pot still Irish whiskies in its portfolio; it is the largest-selling single pot still Irish whiskey in the world and is considered a benchmark of the style. One of the oldest single pot still whiskies in the world, its 12 Year Old has complex notes of spice, Sherry and cream. The 12 Year Old Cask Strength comes straight from the barrel without any addition of water—it displays more intense flavors than the 12 Year Old with hints of vanilla and barley. Aged in first- fill Spanish oloroso Sherry casks and American bourbon whiskey barrels, the 15 Year Old is mellow with a long finish. Spending an extra six years in the same types of barrels brings out further depth in the 21 Year Old expression. It lingers on the palate with oak, pot still spices and barley. U.S. consumers no longer shy away from bold spirits, so the time is ripe for these full-flavored, Midleton Distillery offerings' turn in the spotlight. WHISK ( E ) Y Y It's a wide, wonderful world of whisk(e)y out there. With various styles, flavors and distillates at their fingertips, distillers can create whiskies as unique as the place they come from. Join us on a tour of some of our favorite world whiskies, which prove there's a perfectly suited product for every palate! PHOTO: THINKSTOCK

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