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Review #11 Green Spot Irish Whiskey

Updated: Feb 18, 2021

Distillery: Midleton Distillery under the guidance of Mitchell & Sons (Ireland)

Proof: 80

Age: Blend of 7 & 10 Year Old Whiskey

Mashbill: 100% Barley (both malted and unmalted)

BACKGROUND: A single pot still, triple distilled Irish whiskey from MIdleton Distillery and Mitchell & Sons in Ireland. Single pot still whiskey indicates use of both malted and unmalted barley in the mash bill, which provides a unique “spiciness” indicative of this unusual style. Not many Irish Whiskeys are single pot still whiskeys, but, one other brand on US shelves is Red Breast. Green Spot was originally a 10 year old age stated Irish Whiskey. It got its name since Midelton Distillery used to denote their 10 year barrels with a green spot and hence the name Green Spot. Since, Midleton has removed the 10 year age statement and have declared Green Spot a blenf of 7 to 10 year old whiskey. Along with Green Spot, Mitchell & Sons also produce Blue Spot (7 year old), Yellow Spot (12 years old finished in bourbon barrels), and Red Spot (15 years old finished in some unique barrels).

NOSE: Green Spot boasts a delightfully sweet nose with notes of light oak, cinnamon, and caramel green apple. The caramel apple is the most dominant scent but is really enjoyable. This nose is delicate and smooth and I could smell this all day. (22/25)

PALATE: Green Spot reminded us predominantly of green apples. Maybe it's the name Green Spot and the green label but we are reminded of green apple every time we took a sip. There is also some sweet vanilla notes, light oak, and a touch of burn. The whiskey has a very creamy mouthfeel but and is very smooth. (35/40)

FINISH: The finish on Green Spot is quite short and light with notes of light spice and vanilla cream. It's not very complex and as mentioned, is quite short. (21/25)

VALUE: Green Spot carries an SRP of $50 which always has consumers scratching their head as they may not know Irish Whiskey valuations or brands. However, Green Spot is a good value and is definitely an excellent whiskey to expand your palate with Irish Whiskey without breaking the bank with some expensive Red Breast or Red Spot. (7/10)

Overall: 85/100

FINAL THOUGHTS: Green Spot Irish Whiskey is an excellent whiskey that is easy to drink and unique. It is also a great whiskey for American whiskey drinkers to try out to expand their palate. We love the creamy and sweet notes that Irish Whiskey is known for. For anyone who has always loved Irish Whiskey or wants to expand their repertoire of whiskey, we highly recommend getting yourself a bottle of this.

Similar & Slightly Better Whiskey: Red Breast 12 Year Old

Similar & Equal Whiskey: Knappogue Castle 12 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey

Similar & Slightly Worse Whiskey: The Emerald 1865

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Scoring Legend:

96-100: The perfect dram, juice of the gods

90-95: Near perfect, truly incredible whiskey

85-89: Amazing whiskey, will always try to keep a backup bottle of this

80-84: Very good, some minor flaws here or there

75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink, Will try and keep a bottle on the shelf

70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get this

60-69: Decent, would offer this up to non whiskey drinkers

50-59: Not my cup of tea

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