Green Spot – 25 February 2014

Produced at: the Midleton (Jameson) distillery.

Description: Green Spot Irish Whiskey is one of the rarest and finest whiskies in the world today. Produced by the Midleton (Jameson) distillery for the famed Dublin wine merchants, Mitchell & Son, production is limited to 500 cases a year. A blend of seven and eight year old pure pot still whiskies (essentially, whiskies made from both malted and unmalted barley, distilled in a pot still and not cut with grain whiskey), 25% of this whiskey is finished in sherry casks while the remainder ages in used bourbon barrels. Green Spot is the last remaining whiskey from the age when merchants would purchase barrels from distilleries and bottle them as their own product rather than a product of the distillery.

Type: Irish Whisky/Whiskey
Expression: Single Pot Still
Age: 8-9 Yrs
ABV: 40%

Tasting Notes:

Colour: Light amber
Nose: The first thing to strike you is the density of the nose; nothing light and flowery here. The pot still appears older than its eight years thanks to a pleasant dustiness (something similar to old Redbreast), and the influence of the sherry. All this is mixed with a curious menthol sub-stratum. Some evidence of bourbon  wood around too, but rather overshadowed by this highly unusual cough-sweet, malty effect.
Palate: Sweet, rich and full bodied from the very start. It quickly fills the mouth with a glorious spiciness. All the time it somehow remains soft, though the taste buds are constantly tweaked by a harder pot still maltiness. Wonderfully complex and busy.
Finish: Very long, dry and malty to start then sweetens and some late spice adds to all the fun. The very last, dying rays are rather cool on the throat, as if the menthol on the nose has returned.

Awards:

Bottle #33

All members of our Expression in attendance loved this whisky!

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