Origin: Dublin (Ireland)
Type: Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon, ex-Sherry and ex-Marsala Wine
Added coloring: No
Owner: Pernod Ricard
Average price: € 130.00
Official website: www.spotwhiskey.com
Before the very recent Blue Spot that we talked about last November, in the process of reclaiming these classic bottlings, Mitchell & Son also reintroduced in 2018 the Red Spot, the result of combining two different casks (ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry) and a finished one (ex-Bourbon finished in ex-Sicilian Marsala).
It had been missing from the shelves since the mid-1960s and was joined by Yellow and Green, the result of Master Distiller Kevin O’Gorman’s skills in recreating the original recipe.
Dark amber in the glass.
Clear vinous notes enter the nose first, anticipating a fruity profile (wild strawberry, raspberry, pineapple, pink grapefruit) with herbaceous notes prevailing over the sweeter, more accepting soul of vanilla, marzipan, orange peel, honey and lemon peel. The two aspects coexist enriching each other in a beautiful game of contrasts, with wood and spice veins bridging the gap. Lively.
Warm on the palate with nutmeg, cinnamon, baked apple, sultanas, red fruits, peach, candied apricot, a touch of citrus… full-bodied and seductive, it also brings out coffee, dark chocolate, liquorice, but the tones remain soft and silky, with just a hint of leather roughness in the background. Cereal biscuits.
The finish is quite long with a hint of ginger on nutmeg, apricot jam, baked apple, cereal.
A fascinating whiskey, rich, sly, pandering but without overdoing it, with just the right nuances to prevent it from falling into the obvious.