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Green Spot Single Pot Still

Counterintuitive

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@OdysseusUnboundReview by @OdysseusUnbound

15th Aug 2019

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  • Nose
    22
  • Taste
    22
  • Finish
    22
  • Balance
    23
  • Overall
    89

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There are exceptions to every rule and sometimes our intuitions are wrong. I rarely purchase whiskies bottled at 40% abv, since many tend to be mixers or "entry-level" offerings that don't interest me much. Whiskies bottled at 40% are commonly weak, thin, and uninteresting when sipped neat. However awhile back, a friend had me try an Irish Single Pot Still bottled at 40% abv that was delectable. As time went on, I wondered if the whiskey in question was really that good, or if my memory was playing tricks on me. I had to get a bottle to see if my memory was faulty or if it was the real deal.

Bonded Whiskey, what is that?

Green Spot is a bonded Irish whiskey, made for Mitchell & Son by Midleton. The whole thing used to be more common, and it is not unlike what happens in bourbon or in Canadian whisky. For example, MGP of Indiana produces a ton of bourbon whiskey and sells it to "craft" distillers who bottle it and sell it as their own product, while the "craft" distiller's own product ages. But unlike many MGP-sourced bourbons, there is no attempt by Mitchell & Son to hide the true provenance of their whiskey. Yay for transparency !

Tasting notes

  • Nose (undiluted): Classic spicy green Pot Still notes (cardamom perhaps? a touch of mint), pears, peaches, caramel, green apples, a little ginger
  • Palate (undiluted): richer than you might expect from 40% abv, creamy texture, ripe pears, toffee, a herbal note near the end
  • Finish: medium length, vanilla, more pears, ginger, a little nutmeg, oak

With water, the nose becomes a bit oakier with a touch more ginger coming through. The texture does NOT benefit from the addition of water as the wonderful creaminess disappears when the whiskey is diluted. Skip the water and sip this one neat.

I was surprised that this whiskey is just as good, nay, better than I remembered it. Despite the low proof, it is rich, creamy, chewy and all other kinds of delicious. It may not be a popular opinion, but I like Green Spot even more than Yellow Spot. Now I'll admit that this one may not blow people away right off the hop; but if you have a whole bottle, you'll gain an appreciation of how flawlessly made it is. It may be counterintuitive to prefer a younger, lower abv whiskey to its older, higher abv sibling, but Green Spot seems to be the exception to the rule.

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11 comments

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

Nice review. Makes me want to try this. But at 40% I don't think a bottle of this stuff would ever become finished in my home...

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@OdysseusUnbound
OdysseusUnbound commented

@Nozinan I’m sure you’ll get the chance to try it. wink Whiskey constantly surprises me. Just when I think I’ve got my “ideal parameters” figured out, something like this (or more recently Bushmills 10) comes along and proves me wrong. I guess the lesson is “don’t assume before you try”.

about one month ago 1Who liked this?

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@OdysseusUnbound

I agree whisky continues to surprise. Sometimes random samples just occur!

Macallan 12 (US 43% version) and Benromach 10 43%, as well as a number of Canadian releases, have taught me that low ABV can sometimes work well. But I maintain that any of these low ABV whiskies would be even better if they allowed us to decide how much to dilute them.

about one month ago 1Who liked this?

@Victor
Victor commented

@OdysseusUnbound I have been on record for half a dozen years in preferring Green Spot to Yellow Spot.

Your taste is different from that of others. It has always been different from that of others. Why should today be different from every other day?

One is never going to "know it all" with whisk(e)y. Even one bottle of one product can give you a myriad of different experiences over time with differing air exposure, differing glassware used, and differing exposure to water or ice. The whisk(e)y universe is vast!

about one month ago 2Who liked this?

@Pierre_W
Pierre_W commented

What a lovely review, @talexander. I also prefer Green Spot over Yellow Spot, no question about that. You are in good company. Has anyone yet had the opportunity to try Red Spot?

about one month ago 1Who liked this?

@Pierre_W
Pierre_W commented

My apologies, of course this review is from @OdysseusUnbound, not the equally knowledgeable @talexander. Lesson no. 1: don't do drams in the afternoon...!

about one month ago 3Who liked this?

@OdysseusUnbound
OdysseusUnbound commented

@Pierre_W Red Spot is shown as “currently unavailable” at the LCBO, which means LCBO management, staff, friends and family haven’t had the chance to buy it yet. If there’s any left after that, some Toronto stores might get some. The rest of us can pretty much go to hell as far as the LCBO is concerned.

about one month ago 1Who liked this?

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@OdysseusUnbound I don't even see Red Spot listed on the KGBO website. But in MoM it is over 100 GBP. Likely a "miss" for me.

about one month ago 0

@cricklewood
cricklewood commented

Nice review it explains well the characteristics you like of this whisky. I wish I had some on hand when I had my pot-still shoot-out the other day. While I really enjoy the Yellow spot and it's floral aspects, I have fallen hard for the simplicity of the bottom shelf Power's Signature and quite enjoyed green spot when I've had it.

I've had my eye out for Red Spot and was excited when it was released until I saw the price, 150$ is pushing it especially if the cask influence is too heavy.

about one month ago 2Who liked this?

@OdysseusUnbound
OdysseusUnbound commented

@Nozinan It’s listed on the app for about $150, but we commoners will likely never see it.

@cricklewood I’m keeping my eye out for a Powers Signature the next time the KGBO has any in stock.

about one month ago 0

Wierdo commented

Great review. Green Spot has been on my list of whiskies to try for some time now I really do need to grab a bottle!

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