As recently stated by Lew Bryson, Green Spot Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey was once a “white whale” in the whiskey world, and not just the Irish one. But the pursuit for this rare pot still style was not quite at the vomit inducing level of Pappy hunting by the various Ahabs lurking among us. In fact, if you really wanted a bottle of Green Spot you could get one online or just by traveling to the famed wine and spirits merchant Mitchell & Son in Dublin, Ireland. What made it such a charming find was its equally charming story: in 1887, as was common in those times, Mitchell & Son was a “bonder” of whiskey. The whiskey was distilled at Jameson distillery (now Midleton), purchased by Mitchell & Son and then aged in their bonded warehouses, an arrangement that survived until recently. Throughout the years we saw a Blue, Yellow and Red Spot, even a Black. Only about 6,000 bottles of Green Spot were produced annually towards the end of this arrangement, but then of course the world finally discovered that whiskey existed and it was indeed wonderful, and one such fruit emerging from this new Golden Age was a massive expansion of the Green Spot brand that sent bottles all across the fruited plain. Green Spot is no longer a white whale. In fact, it’s not even the right whale: the new Green Spot is “inspired” by the original that sat in the warehouses under Dublin so many years ago. So the story now is a touch less charming, but still charming enough to give it a shot. The whiskey in the bottle is more interesting anyway.
Green Spot carries no age statement, but it is 7-10 years old. It is also single pot still, an absolutely gorgeous Irish export of malted and un-malted barley distilled 3 times in copper pot stills. Green Spot is aged in a mix of ex-bourbon casks and sherry casks and is bottled at 40% ABV (I shall protest, but a weak protest). Midleton may not be sending the whiskey as it used to, but how could it now that so much more is required? The price doesn’t insult, so why the hell not.
SWC Group Review
Nose – A delicate mix of floral meadow, green apple, dried fruits. Pears and vanilla with time. Light mint and tobacco. Good start.
Taste- A bit light but enough mouthfeel to stay in the game. Honey, sweet sherry with growing cereal notes.
Finish- Short length. Toasted bread. Fruitcake and honey. Fading cereal notes.
Comments- We like the simplicity and the nose is the highlight. For more flavor, we recommend the upcoming Yellow Spot, but you certainly are not going the wrong way with this lighter pot still offering. Glad it is around.
SWC Rating – 79/100
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