Blue Spot 7 year old Tasting Notes
Single Pot Still
Tasting note compiled by Mark McLaughlin (@mark_rye)
The eagerly anticipated Blue Spot finally graced our shelves, although in short supply, in late 2020. This release completed the reintroduction of the original Spot Whiskeys from Mitchell & Son Wine Merchants, the famed, family owned Dublin Wine Merchants who’ve been operating for well over 200 years. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the Spot range, they get their name from Mitchell & Sons practice of putting a daub, or spot, of paint on a maturing cask to indicate it’s age, Blue for 7, Green for 10, Yellow for 12, Red for 15, this practice dates back to the early 1900’s and first made its way on to their labels in the 1930’s.
Now produced at the Midleton Distillery in Co. Cork, the Spot Whiskey all, now, follow a similar pattern, created from component whiskeys which have been maturing in ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks, these alone for Green, while they’re added along with a wine cask component for Blue, Yellow & Red. In this case they chosen madeira casks and bottled at natural cask strength.
Pale amber, nice viscosity in the glass, it’s got legs!
It’s rich and decadent with clear sherry shining through, the distinct pot still spices aren’t hiding and there’s a gorgeous flurry of orange zest with candied mango cubes. There’s bananas and sweet marzipan notes surrounded by roasted nuts.
Palate & Finish
Lots of body, the alcohol is big but not overzealous, it’s bursting with the typical orchard fruits notes you’d expect from the Spot whiskeys, while it begins to get quite berry focused with a touch of apricot syrup on the sides of the tongue. The finish is all about chocolate, caramel, nuts and pot still spice.
This is a whiskey I could go back to, again and again and again. It’s packed full of flavour, body, character and spice. It’s got elements of each cask component while note leaning on one over the over. I just wish it was easier to get your hands on. At RRP, don’t hesitate but I don’t know if it’s worth a couple of hundred a bottle.
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