Green Spot Château Léoville Barton Bordeaux Finish Single Pot Still Whiskey 70cl

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Country Ireland
Spirit Type Malt and Deluxe Whisky
Brand Single Pot Still
Size 70cl
ABV 46.0%

The Green Spot is the first ever single pot still Irish whiskey finished in Bordeaux casks! The choice of Bordeaux wine is also significant - Ch. Léoville Barton is not only a highly-regarded grand cru Château, but one that takes its name from the Irish 'Wine Geese' winemaker Thomas Barton. In fact, Léoville Barton is still run by his descendants to this day. This bottling is a celebration of shared Irish heritage.

Matured initially in a mixture of ex-Oloroso Sherry, fresh American oak and ex-bourbon barrels, this Green Spot whiskey is then finished in the ex-Château Léoville Barton Bordeaux wine casks for 12 to 24 months.

 

On the nose, there are notes of wild raspberries, apple, honey and gingerbread. The palate is full of warming spice as well as lemon peel, redcurrant and toffee, leading into a long and dry finish.

Country Of Origin: Ireland

Created by the iconic Mitchell & Son Wine Merchants of Dublin, Green Spot has endured throughout the ages, celebrated for its fresh crisp taste profile.

In Ireland, the practice of adding unmalted barley to the mash bill originally evolved as a tax dodge! In 1785 a Malt Tax had been introduced in Ireland, making malt a prohibitively expensive ingredient. The Distillers responded by creating a mash bill of malted and unmalted barley, thus creating the signature taste of Irish Pot Still Whiskey.

At the end of the 18th century, changes in law favoured the development of larger enterprises with increased still capacity. Many of the large Irish whiskey houses came to the fore during this period – including the Jamesons, Powers and Murphy families. By 1835, the number of distilleries in Ireland had mushroomed to 93 and the largest pot still in the world was in operation at Midleton Distillery, County Cork. Pot Still Irish Whiskey was in great demand throughout the globe and by the turn of the century, Irish whiskey was in its first golden age.

In 1805, William Mitchell purchased No.10 Grafton Street in Dublin and started an enterprise that included a bakery, coffee shop and confectionery business. In 1887, at the peak of the Victorian whiskey boom, and when pot still Irish whiskey was at its summit, his son George expanded the firm opening a dedicated wine shop on Kildare Street. As Wine Merchants, the Mitchells imported barrels of wine to be decanted into bottles before being sold. They would then bring the empty wine casks to the Jameson's at the Bow Street Distillery to have them filled with whiskey, which they would mature in vast underground cellars. As there was little light in the cellars, the individual barrels would be daubed with a spot of coloured paint to distinguish them. This gave rise to the popular names for the whiskeys sold by Mitchell & Son. Namely 'Green Spot' and 'Yellow Spot' whiskey.

Country Of Origin: Ireland

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