Green Spot Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey was just
released in the United States in 2014. It was named the top spirit of 2012 by
"Serious Eats," and is "unquestionably one of the world's
greatest whiskies" according to Jim Murray, author of the Whisky Bible.
In 1805, the Mitchell & Sons Wine Merchants Company
was established in the heart of Dublin, Ireland. By the turn of the 19th
century, the Mitchells sold a range of Irish whiskeys under the name
"Spot." This name originated from the company's practice of marking
casks of different ages with a spot of colored paint. As a result, Mitchell
& Sons sold whiskeys named Blue Spot, Yellow Spot and Red Spot, although
Green Spot emerged as their most popular brand.
Today, Green Spot Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey continues to be crafted in the
heart of Ireland. The whiskey is made from malted and unmalted barley, which
are milled and mashed before being distilled through a traditional pot still.
Following distillation, the whiskey is matured in a combination of American oak
casks that were previously used to mature bourbon (75%) and European oak casks
that were previously used to mature sherry (25%). Once the whiskey has matured
for eight to nine years, the casks are blended together and brought to proof.
"Pot Still Whiskeys define the traditional flavor character of Irish
whiskey and we have seen a renewed interest and growth in the category over the
last few years," says Brian Nation, the master distiller at Midleton
Distillery, which makes Green Spot Whiskey. Green Spot Single Pot Still Irish
Whiskey has an aroma of butterscotch, caramel, honeyed oak, pine and orange
that gives way to notes of citrus, tart apples, plums and apricots on the
palate. The finish is smooth yet slightly spicy, with a touch of cinnamon and