Having recently reviewed Blue Spot, I felt it would be a good idea to look at another Irish Whiskey in the same family. A few years (2019) @OdysseusUnbound was kind enough to prepare samples of Green Spot and Yellow Spot for me. I noted that I was quick to review the Yellow Spot in June of that year, but I never got around to the Green. This one is the least expensive of the “spots”, and bottled at 40%.
Given that @OdysseusUnbound’s review of this expression was posted in August 2019, my sample may have come from the same bottle. I offer it to you here:
Before re-reading his review, this expression was reviewed in my usual manner in a Brilliant glass, allowing it to settle after which I take my nosing and tasting notes, followed by the addition of a few drops of water, waiting, then nosing and tasting.
Sweet, fruity and spicy. Red apple. Warm stewed apples (with a touch of cinnamon and sugar). Not too complex but quite pleasant.
A little weak on first sip. It’s a bit thin on the palate, spirity. I get a touch of fruit, freshly bitten apple, a little spicy. Not much depth or layer.
Astringent and slightly bitter. Fairly long finish.
I expect a little more from the palate after the nose but the flavours seem a bit washed out.
Score: 81 /100
Water did nothing good for this one. The nose was unchanged but the palate disintegrated. I would score it under 70 with water.
In contrast, when I compare it to some of the Yellow spot I have left, I get a little richer nose, and a much richer, more flavourful, oily palate. There is no question which one I prefer.
Neat this is not bad. There are certainly no “off notes”. Probably a reasonable intro to Irish Whiskey for a whiski beginner. But I don’t think this will find a place in my cabinet.
Thanks again @odysseusunbound for the sample!
@Nozinan - I think I rated this a few points higher but generally agree with your assessment. Not bad, and a good entry to Irish pot still, but not enough to keep me coming back. Cheers!
@Nozinan I just reread your Blue Spot review. Comparing the Green and the Blue: A 9 point spread on the scores, a 19 point spread on the ABV. Blue in a landslide. That’s the one I’ll be looking for. Thanks for both these very useful reviews.