Described by Jim Murray as "...a beautifully preserved, almost living throwback to the old Ireland," Green Spot is that rarest of beasts, a surviving Irish pure pot still whiskey. It is produced for the historic Dublin wine merchant Mitchell & Son by Irish Distillers in its Midleton distillery in County Cork.
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The only other example of the genre is Redbreast, also distilled at Midleton, and made from a mixture of malted and unmalted barley, being triple-distilled in traditional copper pot stills. While the principal Redbreast bottling is a 12-year-old, Green Spot comprises whiskeys aged from seven to 12 years, some 25 per cent of which have been matured in ex-Sherry casks. It also differs from Redbreast in that the ‘new-make’ spirit is heavier in character. Only a limited number of bottles are produced each year, making Green Spot one of the more elusive whiskeys on the market, but it is very definitely worth seeking out.
The nose is sweet, with nougat and maraschino cherries, plus a contrasting bite of pepper and rye. Coconut and cedar when water is added. Smooth, oily and insinuating in the mouth, with a pleasingly spicy cereal and citric edge. Medium to long in the finish, with ginger and a hint of Sherry. At its best undiluted.
40.0% ABV, 70cl, £41.00, Mitchell and Son, specialist whisky merchants.