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Two Green Spots

Some time ago I was kindly offered a sample of the 26-year-old Green Spot and a few other whiskeys.

For those of you new to Spot whiskeys, Green Spot is a single pot still whiskey made by Midleton distillery, for Mitchell & Son in Dublin. The “green” in the name originally came from the marking on the barrels, using green paint for the 10-year-old spirit.

Green Spot is a 10-year-old single pot still whiskey, matured in a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks.
The first time I tasted the Green Spot was at the Irish whiskey academy, and I found it very mild and mellow, with lots of apple. I’ve had sips of it again a few times after that, and haven’t been a fan of it. However, I was of course very curious about how it would develop over 26 years instead of ten.

Until the time I sat down to begin writing this post, I thought the 26-year-old was another version of the original Green spot, older and bottled at cask strength. It’s a special release by the Whisky Exchange (according to their site it’s still for sale if you want to spend some €€€), but it’s more than an aged Green Spot – it has also been recasked into a Marsala butt for a while.

Along with the 26-year-old, I received an original Green Spot so that I could compare the two of them. This time when I sipped the original one, I didn’t get the apple but rather lots of vanilla, marshmallows, shortcake, some herbs and the usual pot still spices.

The 26-year-old was another story.

My previous experiences of Marsala casks have been with Red Spot and Bushmills – the later at a superb tasting with the Cork whiskey society. They have been loaded with dried red berries and spices. In this Green Spot there were lots of dark fruit aromas on the nose along with burnt sugar and more.

As soon as this whiskey entered my lips I knew I wanted more than just a sample bottle! Lovely and creamy on the palate with dark syrup, dried cherries, raisins and pot still spices. Absolutely delicious.

I’m not going to get a bottle of it (costs about half the Olympus Pro lens that I’d rather buy), but I’m sure glad I had the opportunity to taste this one!

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