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March 9, 2018

Review: Green Spot Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey

by Jeff Ellingson

Green Spot Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey is a non age statement pot still Irish whiskey comprised of Pot Still whiskeys aged between 7 and 10 years.  The whiskey has matured in a combination of new bourbon barrels, refill bourbon casks, and sherry casks.  Green Spot was originally created by the Mitchell family who in 1805 commenced trading in the heart of Dublin as purveyors of confectionary, wines, and fortified wines.  In 1887 the family expanded into the whiskey bonding business.  They sent empty wine, sherry, and port casks via horse and cart to the local Jameson Distillery.  These casks were filled with whiskey and returned to the Mitchells cellar warehouse where the whiskey matured for many years.  The Mitchells sold a range of whiskey under the Spot brand name.  This name originated from the practice of marking casks of different ages with a spot of colored paint.  There was Blue Spot, Red Spot, Yellow Spot, and their most popular Green Spot.  A limited number of bottles are produced each year, and until recently Green Spot was only available in Ireland. Green Spot pours to a golden amber color.  The aroma is apple, pear, malted cereal, apricot pastry, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg, with green pepper and a floral oak backing.  The sweet floral entry is joined by cinnamon, honey, milk chocolate, apple, and pear with a creamy malted grain backing.  Apricot arrives at the midpoint before fading with vanilla buttercream, oak, and nutmeg.  The silky smooth semidry finish provides gentle warmth with light mineral texture, malted cereal, whole orange, cinnamon, and chocolate chip muffin taste.  Green Spot Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey is a true classic, that should be included on your whiskey bucket list.

Made in Midleton Ireland

40% Alcohol

Score: 96

Award: Double Gold Medal

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