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Blue Spot 7 Year Old Cask Strength

Sweet Cherries

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

18th Mar 2021

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  • Brand: Blue Spot
  • ABV: 58.7%
  • Batch: 2020

You are probably already familiar with The Green Spot – with no age statement – and Yellow Spot (12 years). In 2018 Mitchell & Son added a 15 years old Red Spot. And now they make us jump for joy with the Blue Spot, and Irish whiskey of only seven years of age at cask strength. According to insiders casks aged 7 to 20 years went into the mix, but as the SWA prescribes, you must mention the youngest age on the label. If you wish to put an age on the label at all, of course. It is a vatting of former bourbon, sherry and Madeira casks. The last time a Blue Spot appeared on the market was in 1964, by the way.

Oh, my, what a good nose! Flambeed banana, caramelized hazelnuts, roasted almonds, baked apples, sweet cherries and toffee apple. Hint of freshly roasted coffee with some cinnamon and cloves. Very rich and aromatic. If he can keep this up on the palate we have a belter in the glass.

Nicely creamy on the palate. Despite the high ABV and sturdy spiciness, the arrival is swift and offers a panoply of stewed fruit and honey. Toffee, hazelnuts, almonds, vanilla and again those sweet cherries. I'm sure the Madeira is responsible for a lot of the character of this whiskey. Very, very good.

In the medium long finish the coffee returns, upholstered with a pinch of never ending spices like cloves, cinnamon and licorice.

Excellent! Thanks, Benny.

2 comments

@OdysseusUnbound
OdysseusUnbound commented

Excellent review, as usual Mark. I've only discovered Madeira finished whiskies in the last few years, and I have to say I've enjoyed them all. Heck, I even bought a few bottles of Madeira wine last summer to get to know the actual flavour of the wine. Lovely stuff all around. I doubt we'll see this whiskey any time soon in Ontario, so I'll have to be content with living (and tasting) vicariously through you. Slainte !

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@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

Nice review. I echo @OdysseusUnbound's sentiments.

I'm not sure that Irish whiskey is bound by the rules of the SWA though... is it?

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