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GREEN SPOT Leoville Barton

Single Pot Still, Ireland / County Cork, 70cl, Ref: 392

After being aged traditionally in oloroso sherry casks and bourbon casks, this version of Green Spot has been finished for 12 to 24 months in French oak casks that have previously contained wine from Château Léoville-Barton, whose owner, Anthony Barton, was born in Ireland in 1930. Irish through and through, the luxurious finish of this famous single pot still has given it a very delicate mouthfeel.

Château Léoville Barton - St Julien Profile: the initial nose is particularly aromatic and the palate is spicy (nutmeg, ginger), lightly tannic (grape skin) and deliciously woody

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  • Fruity
  • Floral
  • Iodized
  • Spicy
  • Woody
  • Unpeated

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Tasting note

  • Appearance : burnished gold with pink copper tinges.
  • Nose : fresh and heady. On the one hand characterised by very pleasant fruity notes (grape, citrus fruit) and wild flowers (daffodil, daisy), and on the other by spices (black pepper, clove) and a delicate minerality (slate), the initial nose is particularly aromatic. It develops with red, black (raspberry, blackcurrant, blackberry) and dried fruit (currants, dates).
  • Palate : lively, resolute. The attack on the palate is spicy (nutmeg, ginger), lightly tannic (grape skin) and deliciously woody. The mid-palate reveals notes of dried apricot, elderflower and aromatic herbs (bay leaf, tarragon). Gradually, the fruitiness that is so typical of Irish whiskeys, and placed at the end of the flavour palette like a signature, finishes by becoming increasingly exotic (passion fruit, mango).
  • Overall : mellow, balanced. The finish is particularly voluptuous (prune cake, almond croissants), regally revealing the influence of its finishing in casks that have previously held this Médoc Second Cru Classé. The end of the palate lingers with notes of noble wood and fine spices (saffron). The retro-olfaction and empty glass act in velvety, silky unison
The brand

The brand

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 line

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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