Hundreds of years ago, well before the modern age of global brands and big names, it wasn't common for the makers of whiskey to sell the stuff. Creation was the distiller's responsibility but the Bonders were responsible for actually fencing the booze. One such family of Bonders, the Mitchells, have been doing just that since 1805; and in relation to the whiskey I'm sampling today, they did it for the Jameson family. To this day Green Spot is distilled by John Jameson & Sons and sold by Mitchell and Sons.
Originally called Pat Whiskey - whose mascot was crusty old drunken man - Green Spot came along because Jameson wanted to change the label and wound up to broker a deal with the Mitchell Bonders. Jameson made the whiskey, transported it to Mitchell, and Mitchell and Sons aged it. Bottled beneath the concrete street of Fitzwilliam Lane, Green Spot was traditionally aged 10 years before being bottled (no-a-days it's between 7 and 10 and the bottles don't specify) and was named after the green spot of paint smeared on its cask, part of Mitchell and Son's identification system. There were also Yellow, Blue, and Red spotted casks.
Nose: Very fragrant and sweet; a bit of spicey bite and a little more than a hind of fruity notes.
Palate: A bit clovey (Star Anise), lots of spice, strong fruity sweetness, golden delicious apple, toasted oak notes
Color: medium gold
Mouthfeel: a little oily
Finish: Star Anise and Vanilla
Green Spot Single Pot Still Blended Irish Whiskey costs between $50 and $70 depending on where you get it and whether or not there are any sales going on. This sample came from Total Wine in Boynton Town Center in Boynton Beach, FL. They're nationwide and they've got a fantastic selection with competitive prices so check them out in your area the next time your shopping for your weekend supply.
Mitchell and Son, if it hasn't yet been made apparent, is a liquor store; they don't make whiskey. Remember, Green Spot is a Jameson product - it is only aged and sold by the Mitchell family.
Other famous Irish pot still whiskeys, likely available for sale at Mitchell and Son, include:
- Green Spot Chateau Leoville Barton (finished in French wine casks)
- Yellow Spot
- Red Breast 12 15 and 21 year old
- Red Breast 12yr Cask Strength
- Powers Three Swallows
- Powers Signature
- Powers John's Lane Release
- Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy
- Midleton Very Rare
- Midleton Pearl Edition
- Midleton Dair Ghaelach (DardGheyLock)
ABV's range from 40-54%
LMAW Grade: 92 (A)
For it's sweetness, simplicity, drinkability and smooth pallet.