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I have limited experience with Irish whiskey. It’s probably because many commonly available expressions are bottled at 40% and I tend to reach for something with a higher ABV. Lately I’ve started to gain the ability to appreciate some lower proof whiskies, though this one is bottled at 46%.
This sample is courtesy @OdysseusUnbound, acquired in a recent sample swap. The bottle was opened on April 12, the same day this sample was poured. I don’t know much about Yellow Spot, other than it is a Pot Still whiskey, and appears to be the older / higher ABV sibling of Green Spot.
This expression is reviewed in a Tuath Irish Whiskey Glass in my usual manner, 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.
Rich, sweet, slightly spirity. Not dissimilar to Redbreast 12YO CS (from memory). Very syrupy. Something savoury. Some baking spices. Later some fruitiness emerges (after the first sip). I don’t find it all that complex, but the richness is pleasant and inviting. With water, a slight hint of pineapple, and (???) wet dog (I took my dog out after adding water).
A bit hot and peppery on the first sip, with sweetness in the development. Rich mouthfeel. A hint of fruit (?Apple?). Again not too complex. With water, the fruit is more prominent, the spices come out, but it remains a little spirity. (21.5/25)
Peppery and slightly astringent, with a sourness in the background. Water sweetens the finish and tones down the pepper, and a the exit there is a hint of red wine. (21/25)
The nose is rich but the palate does not have much depth or breadth. Water improves the experience. (21.5/25)
Score: Neat - 82.5/100 With Water: 85.5/100
Hummingbird single origin trinitario 70% dark chocolate compliments this very nicely. Popcorn with cheese flavour not so much.
This continues to open with time and is not at its best until well over 1/2 an hour after pouring and adding water.
I’m very happy to have tried this expression. I’ve tossed around the idea of buying a bottle of this for a while, but I don’t think it brings anything new to the table that I can’t get from something I already have in my cabinet. If offered at a party it would definitely be accepted.
For your reference, I attach a link to @odysseusUnbound’s review, which came from the same bottle:
While he was able to taste and smell more than I was, I do see some common themes.
Thanks again @odysseusUnbound for letting me try this!