Green Spot Chateau Montelena

I’ve never been a fan of Green Spot. Now I’ve said it. It may be the most controversial phrase in the world of Irish whiskey blogging. I see people praise Green Spot EVERYWHERE, but the first time I tasted the “ordinary” Green Spot I felt it was like drinking apple juice, or something like it. Nice, certainly, but for a whiskey, it was simply too lame in flavour to me.

We bought the Green Spot Chateau Léoville Barton some year ago – it had another twist but I wasn’t impressed with that one either.

I’m a big fan of Yellow Spot though, and the Red Spot is also very nice.

Two months or so ago I was at the Irish whiskey haven, aka Shelbourne bar in Cork, to kill some time, maybe do some work (which never happened) and taste something nice. I met Mark’s partner in crime, Rory, had some very good chats, and two nice whiskeys.

I finally tasted the 13-year-old Murder Lane from Dublin Liberties (will write about that one soon), and wanted a second one but had no idea what. Rory recommended the Green Spot Chateau Montelena.

Green Spot Chateau Montelena

I was hesitant, given my previous opinion about Green Spot, but decided to give it a try, especially after I learned it was finished in an ex-Zinfandel cask – Zinfandel happens to be one of my favourite types of red wine.


Vanilla, pencil shavings, pepper and caramel. It’s sharper on the nose than what I remember from other Green spots. There’s also some sweet fruit notes there.


A nice soft and creamy mouthfeel. It’s nice and spicy, and definitely has more attitude than the ordinary Green spot. A bit too light-bodied than I prefer, but it has a nice long finish with a lot of spice. It isn’t particularly sweet on the palate, actually quite bitter towards the end.

This is a Green spot with a different twist, and I like it. I’m not a fan of those mainstream very “smooth” (whatever that means these days) whiskeys, I want some attitude and interesting flavours. So for a Green spot, I would go for this one.