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Green Spot Single Pot Still

Something Wistful This Way Comes

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@dbkReview by @dbk

8th Aug 2010

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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.

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3 comments

@OJK
OJK commented

great review. love this whiskey, definitely one of my favourites.

9 years ago 0

@markjedi1
markjedi1 commented

Had this one last weekend, in fact, and couldn't have reviewed it better. Great dram indeed!

9 years ago 0

@dbk
dbk commented

Thanks for your kind words @OJK and @markjedi1. I'm glad to have found a bottle; it sets the bar high for Irish whiskey.

9 years ago 0

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