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The Green Spot brand was created for the Mitchells, a family of wine merchants that began trading in Dublin in 1805. In 1887, they decided to begin selling and ageing Irish whiskey, sending their empty wine, sherry and port casks to the Bow Street distillery (Jameson), which would fill them and leave them to mature in its cellars for a number of years. The name “Green Spot” was chosen because the Mitchells would mark their casks with green paint once they were fully matured. Over the years, other labels appeared, including a “Blue Spot”, a “Red Spot” and a “Yellow Spot”, but the Green Spot remained the most common.
The single pot still range was created by Irish Distillers to highlight a style of whiskey that is characteristic of Ireland. The pure pot still recalls the ancestral traditions that are the foundation of Irish whiskey’s reputation: it is made from malted and non-malted barley and is always distilled three times. Since Irish Distillers’ pot still whiskies – Redbreast, Green Spot, Yellow Spot and some releases of Midleton and Powers – are all produced in the same distillery, they could be called ‘single malts’ like the whiskies that come from a single distillery in Scotland.
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