From the Spot Whiskey Website: “Last seen 50 years ago, the reimagining of Red Spot began in the early 2000s when Marsala fortified wine casks were procured from Sicily. In 2004, these were filled with a five-year-old Bourbon matured single pot still Irish whiskey”
Made from a recipe handed down by the Mitchell & Son family, from the early 1900s, Red Spot is a triple-distilled, single pot still Irish whiskey matured for a minimum of 15 years in pre-seasoned casks with bourbon, Oloroso sherry and Marsala fortified wine.
If you can find it, Red Spot retails for around £110 (it’s currently available here. Does the liquid inside the bottle live up to the price marked on the outside?
Appearance: A deeper amber colour than the Yellow, obviously. Good legs and a deep and rich!
Nose: Stewed forest fruits and slight woody undercurrents. Baking spices, berries, woodiness, pine (not mint!), dark fruits.
Palate: Buttery, oily sumptuousness coats the mouth. Dark fruits and malt hit first. The balance of fruit and spice is genius. Like enhancing the flavour of strawberries with pepper!
The only thing I can think of that compares in balance and creaminess is Kavalan Sherry Oak. Just superb! The spiciness increases as you drink, warming your insides and your soul
Finish: Lovely lingering finish, full of spices and stewed fruits. It’s just a luxury, both in price and experience!
Overall: This is the perfect Christmas whiskey. In front of the fire, watching the Griswolds get attacked by a squirrel! But it would go equally as well with a BBQ!
Of the 3 ‘Spots’ I would say that the best bang for your buck is the yellow. The Green is a solid everyday whiskey and the Red is worthy of a luxury, special occasion dram. Love them all though!
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