Today, we will enjoy a simple but beautiful and historic Irish blend. To do this I will take out my good old tumbler engraved with beautiful clover leaves. It may not be the best glass for aromas, but it will be the one that transports us today.
The orange-yellow liquid settles at the bottom of the glass and I can already see the daisies from the fields on the south coast of Ireland.
Of course I quickly want to know if the gold of its color will show up in my nose.
The first impression is sweet and suave like the notes of a Celtic harp. Fruits dance in the nose but very quickly Billy Leighton (Powers' master blender) wanted to remind us of the harsh Irish climate in the autumn and spices and pepper appear and clearly announce a typical taste. The 43° of the liquid now projects us into a pub in Dublin's narrow streets: the Celt.
The mouth of this blend is robust. The Celtic harp quickly gives way to the sound of Ireland's Call played in the darkness and dust to the smell of cereals in the pub. The atmosphere is there, McGregor is standing on the tables, proud of his banner. He has tears in his eyes, perhaps in memory of the swallows engraved on the neck of the bottle but which took off much too early.
The end of the tasting brings honey and spice flavours to the palate. Head spins, memories jostle, I have no desire to get out of this pub. The spices and peppery notes remain in the mouth and continue on a barley base developed by the mixture of still pot and grain whiskey. This first drink makes me want to go back to the dark streets of Dublin.
This Irish whiskey, often considered by the Irish to belong to "the people, the land and the country", is a fine example of the production of malted and unmalted barley and the triple distillation of Irish whiskey. Its unique style projects the taste lover directly into the regions of Cork County.