Green Spot Chateau Léoville Barton
If there is one we love here at The Whiskey Trail, it’s a whiskey with a good story behind it. Clocking more than 300 years of Irish history, Green Spot Chateau Léoville Barton fits this bill. Green Spot and its older brother Yellow Spot already retain the moniker of the last original bonded whiskeys of Ireland. Check our blog on Yellow Spot to uncover the history of whiskey bonding. The reverence and prestige surrounding Green Spot has led to the development of new expressions of this old favourite. Green Spot Chateau Léoville Barton sees the endeavour of two Irish innovators of the alcohol industry collaborate, giving birth to an extraordinary whiskey.
In 1722 at the age of 27, Thomas Barton of Curraghmore, Co. Fermanagh set sail for France. Coming from a family of merchants, Thomas quickly fell into the wine merchant business on moving to Bordeaux. It was here he began to establish his dynasty. His wine merchant business began to grow, developing a loyal clientele in both France and Ireland. Future generations of the Barton clan would ensure that this brand would continue to grow and develop into one of Bordeaux’s most well-loved wineries. In 1983, Anthony Barton took control of the estate. Chateau Léoville Barton is now the longest continuously owned property by one family in Bordeaux.
Over the centuries the much loved Mitchell & Son wine merchants of Dublin developed a unique relationship with Chateau Léoville Barton. By June 2015 we finally saw the fruits of their collaboration with Green Spot Chateau Léoville Barton. Aged in Sherry and ex-Bourbon casks, like regular Green Spot, Chateau Léoville Barton Edition goes the extra step, finishing with French Oak wine casks offering a new perspective on this classic Irish whiskey.
We like to think of the Chateau Léoville Barton Edition as Green Spot’s French cousin. The contribution of the French Oak is evident on the nose, along with a sweet berry aroma adding to complexity of this Single Pot Still whiskey. Upon tasting it is obvious there is more at play in the Chateau Léoville Barton Edition than standard Green Spot. With a combination of Pot Still spices, vanilla, and a dry red wine mouth feel, this edition of Green Spot is real treat. A complex, rich, and spicy flavour gives us plenty to mull over. The finish is long and elegant with the red wine influence having the final word.
If you have already discovered the joys of Green Spot, a taste of the Chateau Léoville Barton Edition is your next port of call. We also highly recommend Green Spot Chateau Montelena Edition, an expression finished in Californian Wine Casks.