Red Spot to join Green Spot and Yellow Spot again

Irish Distillers start revival of Red Spot Single Pot Still Whiskey

It hadn’t bee produced for five decades, now Irish distillers bring back the den Red Spot Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey on the market. It is based on the original recipe of the Mitchell Family and now distilled in the Midleton Distillery.

Triple distilled and matured for 15 years

In 1805 the Mitchells founded their wine and confectionary store in Grafton Street, Dublin. In 1887 they extended their business and took empty wine casks to the nearby Jameson Distillery where they were filled with new spirit. Taken into the network of cellars under the Mitchell’s store and the streets of Dublin the whiskey was matured and the casks were signed by sports of different colors. Those colors depended on the years the whiskey was planned to mature: Blue Spot for 7 years, Green Sport for 10 years, Yellow Spot for 12 years and Red Spot for 15 years.

In the 1960s the production of the spot whiskeys stopped, but since 2000 the Green Spot is back on market. In 2012 the Yellow Spot saw his revival. While the Green Spot is a combination of whiskey from ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks, the Yellow Spot is blended from ex-Bourbon, ex-Sherry and ex-Marsala casks. All Spot Whiskeys are triple distilled and made from malted and unmalted barley as it is the typical traditional method for Irish pot still whiskey.

Bourbon-, Sherry- and Marsala casks form the Red Spot

The Red Spot Single Pot Still Whiskey is also blended from ex-Bourbon, ex-Sherry and ex-Marsala casks. On their homepage Irish Distillers (Pernod Ricard) tell some details about those casks: Marsala wine casks from Sicily were filled with pot still whisky that had been matured in ex-Bourbon casks for five years before and now lived a further maturation until they were now blende with whiskey from ex-Bourbon and ex-Oloroso Sherry casks, all of them at least 15 years old.

Red Spot is bottled un-chillfiltered with 46% ABV. It will be launched in Ireland first, then in UK, US and France before it will perhaps appear on other markets.

A comment of Brendan Buckley, Innovation & Prestige Whiskeys Director of Irish Distillers, raises hope that the Blue Spot may also return some day: “Red Spot is a liquid time capsule that remembers our past while we look to the future and we are honoured that the people behind the original Spot Whiskeys, our partners at Mitchell & Son, are so supportive of our mission to return the range to its former glory.”

Tasting notes by Kevin O’Gorman, Master of Maturation at Midleton Distillery

Aroma: Pot still spices with rich cooked fruit, baked apple, mango and black cherry. Hazelnut and a touch of new leather fused with toasted American oak

Taste: A mix of ripe fruit sweetness from the Marsala seasoned wine casks. While the fruit remains, sweet red pepper and cracked black pepper add some spiciness, finished by notes of American oak and barley

Finish: An extra long infusion of fruits and spices

Pictures: Irish Distilllers