Irish Whiskey - Blended

Green Spot Single Pot Stll Irish Whiskey

From: Ireland Liquor Review Category: Blended Irish Whiskey

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Tier 1
This is a Tier 1 score in the Whiskey category. It means the spirit has won the highest recommendation at least once and probably many times.
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Awards

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2012
  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016

Beverage Testing Institute

  • 2014

Wine Enthusiast

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Proof66 Notes

The "Spot" whiskeys are named for the tradition of the old merchants, who used to mark different casks with a daub or "spot" of colored paint to mark them. Green Spot Irish whiskey considers itself a "pot still whiskey." We take this to mean that it is made in traditional pot stills in batches rather than the more common continuous column still with a blend of malted and unmalted barley (the commonly understood definition of Irish Pot Still whiskey--compare with "single malts" which are all malted barley). The brand has been around since 1925 (according to the write-up at Irish Whiskey Notes). The whiskey is made at Midleton (the same distillery that makes Jameson) but made exclusively for Mitchell & Son of Dublin, who has sole distribution rights. The story is an interesting one where the tradition of retailers bottling their own whiskey survives in the label of Green Spot. It is made in limited amounts each year (around 6,000 bottles) from whiskey aged 7 to 8 years in a marriage of traditional oak and sherry cask finish.

The Green Spot is also available in 10 year and 12 year expressions. 

Rabble Reviews

This bottle has 3 ratings and 3 reviews.
Phizbin Phizbin (204) (2015-08-03)
Every once in a while you drink a whiskey and from the very first moment it hits your mouth, you love it. You know you're going to love it, then you love it, then--finishing it--you announce to everyone that you love it. Then you go out and buy a bottle and wonder if you're going to drink anything else. That's what happened to me with this whiskey (I drank it with two ice cubes). I've tried a lot of things I'm supposed to like. And often times, I like them. The difference here is that liking Green Spot was effortless. I didn't contemplate smoke; I didn't wrestle with wine finishes or grain bills, I didn't ponder the wood. All I did was love it. Now there's a bottle of it in my home bar.
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Review Comments
Muncher (2015-10-11):
Great review. I've wanted to try both this and the Yellow Spot, just haven't had the opportunity yet.

jaketaz jaketaz (163) (2015-05-12)
An approachable and classy Irish, tastes like granny smith apple, vanilla sugar, and copper pot still, with the same sherry cask sweetness you get from Bushmill's Black Bush. It's mild enough not to need water. New whiskey drinkers will probably develop unrealistic expectations from this and think everything they taste will be delicious and approachable. Only thing preventing me from giving 5 stars is that Yellow Spot is better and so I reserve 5 stars for it. I should add that I drink the 10 year version, which runs about $60, though you can find it around St. Paddy's day for a mere $40.
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Mearsing Mearsing (1) (2014-03-05)
Really love this spirit! Smooth and complex
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