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Red Spot 15 Year Old Bottling Note
Red Spot is reborn! Mitchell & Son’s Spot Whiskey range dates back many moons, but over time a few expressions have disappeared from shelves, including Red Spot – but those days are over. The relaunched Red Spot is a 15 year old single pot still Irish whiskey, comprised of three different whiskeys aged separately then blended. One is matured in Oloroso sherry casks, one is aged in bourbon casks, and the final one is initially aged in bourbon casks before being finished in Marsala wine casks.
Red Spot Red Spot Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey has matured for over 15 years in a combination of American Bourbon casks, Spanish sherry butts and Sicilian Marsala wine casks, all contributing in rich and complex flavours, making it the top spot in the range. Nose Pot Still spices with rich cooked fruit, baked apple, mango and black cherry. Hazelnut and a touch of new leather fuse 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.
Red spot sounds like a disease, but it’s not. It’s actually an Irish whiskey, although it’s one that might cause the most fervent Irish whiskey-o-philes to break out in excitement-related hives.
Back in fall 2018, Red Spot Single Pot Irish Whiskey appeared on the market for the first time since the mid 1960s. It joins its color-coded brethren, Yellow Spot and Green Spot, in the Spot Whiskey range, a line first introduced by the Mitchell & Son company at the turn of the 20th century.
The Mitchell family were prominent Dublin wine merchants during the 1800s. In 1887, they decided to branch out into the whiskey business, and began maturing whiskey sourced from the nearby Jameson Distillery in their cellars alongside barrels of sherry and cases of claret. Splotches of colored paint were used to indicate their views on the aging potential of each cask. Blue spots indicated seven years, green spots 10, yellow spots 12, and red spots 15, the pinnacle of the range.
While this iteration of the whiskey comes from Irish Distillers, part of Pernod Ricard, the Mitchells were still reportedly hands-on during the entire process, using old family recipes and records to recreate what the original Red Spot may have tasted like. “It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with the Mitchell family on the reimagination of Red Spot and bring a piece of Dublin’s rich whiskey history back to life,” Kevin O’Gorman, master of maturation at Midleton Distillery, wrote in a statement.
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