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Green Spot is an Irish whiskey produced by Irish Distillers for wine merchants Mitchell & Son of Dublin. It is a pure pot still whiskey (a mixture of malted and unmalted barley), partly matured in sherry casks. And it is simply lovely.
The body is oily; the colour, a sublime honey-yellow.
The nose on this gem is subtle, and beautifully complex. Up front, I find menthol and ripe banana. Hiding just behind, however, is poached pears, vanilla, and a hint of strawberry. Enticing!
The dry overtones on the palate are nicely balanced by a gentle, floral sweetness. This whiskey has a fresh character, with menthol and bananas again, as well as a faint chalkiness (which I’ve also detected in the Greenore 8 year-old), summer peaches, cardamom, and tart grapes. It is exceptionally smooth, the finish signalled by a brief but prominent sour note, vanishing below a fine, lingering resurgence of fruit and mint.
Green Spot has been praised by many, and I can see why. This is a special, delicate whiskey. I take it—like good medicine—on contemplative nights.