Following the tasting of the Knappogue Castle 12, our Irish whiskey tasting experience in San Antonio consisted of a taste of the Green Spot. Our host explained that this was a whiskey made using malted and unmalted barley using a single pot still.
Single pot stills are common to Irish whiskey. In fact, pot still whiskey used to be a very popular form worldwide.
The name Green Spot comes from the colour of the paint the distillers would use to mark the casks to indicate the age of the whiskey. There were other colours used and marketed under names such as Blue Spot and Black Spot.
We were told the whiskey used to make Green Spot is aged between 7 and 10 years. The whiskey is aged in new and refill bourbon casks as well as sherry casks. This whiskey may be hard to find, I have certainly not seen it in Quebec, Maine, or New Hampshire.
Now on to my tasting notes. I found the nose to be strong on lemon with a light floral element. A hint of sherry became noticeable after a second whiff and more distinct notes of berries on a third.
The palate was strong in honey and lemon, the sherry simmering somewhere in the background. The flavour slaps you in the face though, so be ready for it. An impression of mint crossed my mind at the time. It feels like a stronger whiskey that its 40% abv content.
The spicy finish does not overstay its welcome and balances out a unique taste experience.
A nice whiskey overall, worth a bottle for your cabinet it you can find it.