Mar 21, 2016

Green Spot...

Green Spot Single Pot Irish Whiskey(40.0%): I know... I am late for Irish whiskey reviews extravaganza but we had our annual St. Patrick's Day party this Saturday. I am still catching up... We dressed up all green, cooked corned beef, mashed potato and cabbage, had sing-a-longs and killed an awful amount of bottles of Irish whiskey. Somehow I managed to save a couple of samples from the night and here we are. I have to say that this one sitting in front of me without a doubt was everybody's favorite. Green Spot is a single pot still whiskey bottled exclusively for Dublin based wine merchants Mitchell & Son. Until about five years ago it was one of the most sought and desired bottles of the whiskey world, especially here in US. Only way to put your hands on a bottle was begging your friends traveling to Ireland to bring back one or simply just traveling there. Even then it wasn't an easy find. You had to know where to look for it. But thanks to the exponential growth of Irish whiskey all around the world in the last decade now Green Spot is exported to many foreign markets including US. The whiskey is distilled by Middleton Distillery from a mash of malted and unmalted barley and aged between 7 - 10 years in a combination of ex-bourbon, refill ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks. Color: Light amber, yellow gold. Nice persistent legs around the glass. Nose: Toffee and peanut brittle, Red Delicious apples, hot toddy, warm honey and nutmeg. Fresh Bartlett pear slices, crisp and unsweetened pear cider... Vanilla, dried strawberries, rose petals and papaya slices. Warm, fruity and floral. A few drops of water pulls it to a more floral side: Jonquils, heather and honeysuckle. Palate: It has a thinner texture than the nose suggested. Dandelion honey, persimmon and blood orange. Mango and dried apricot, salted caramel drops and pear compote. Big juicy green grapes and cookie dough. Adding a few drops of water smooths everything: Orange marmalade, almond butter and marzipan. Now the texture is even thinner with water but it was totally worth it. Honeyed baklava syrup and butterscotch pudding... Finish: Long and spicy. White pepper, clove and ground ginger. Oak, peppermint leaves and unsalted butter. Overall: Exactly like I remember, a definition of a (very) good pot still Irish whiskey. Honeyed, floral and fruity. It is smooth, silky and for around $45 a bottle a very serious steal. If we only had a cask strength version of this bottle or maybe a slightly elevated abv like 46.0%. Anyway, I am a huge fan and I will make sure that I have always a bottle in my cabinet...


P.S.: If you want to check the review of its older sibling Yellow Spot simply click on the name...