Review: Green Spot Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey / by Jason Hambrey

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75% Ex-bourbon casks, 25% oloroso sherry casks
Malted and Unmalted Barley
Distiller Midleton (Midleton, Ireland)

A lot of Irish whiskey is bottled by independent bottlers, and this is one. The name, Green Spot, comes from the tradition of painting casks of different ages different colours in the Mitchell family, the company who still produces the brand. The Mitchell family started in 1805, sourcing the whiskey from the Jameson distillery (Midleton) - but only made its way to North America in 2014.

Review (2018)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: L719231278 16:42 11/07/17

  • Bottling Date: 2017

What a nose! Vanilla, green pear, limestone, ripe yellow apples, peaches, green grass, white pepper. What a nice pot still character. Rich and oily. Loads of apple juice on the palate – still very fruit forward, spicy, herbal, and oily. Honeydew, sunflower seeds, too. The finish has rich, earthy barley with a bag of mixed spices, almost with a chilli heat to it and spicy cinnamon. Still lots of nice oils, sunflower seeds, and green apple, pear, and peach.

I’ve had this a few times in the past, but reviewing it formally has been a revelation. Just a terrific whiskey – complex, interesting, a great background or foreground sipper, with a great finish and wonderful pot still character.

Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average, at $86.