Red Spot was Last seen 50 years ago, the re-imagining of Red Spot began in the early 2000’s when Marsala fortified wine casks were procured from the Florio winery in Sicily. In 2004, these were filled with a five-year-old Bourbon matured single pot still Irish whiskey.
This is the latest expression from Mitchell and Son who revived the ‘Spot’ range in 2012. The Mitchell family commenced trading in 1805 on Grafton Street in Dublin as purveyors of confectionery, wines and fortified wines. In 1887 they expanded into the whiskey bonding business, buying Jameson spirit and ageing the liquid in their own maturation cellars.
Mitchell & Son Est 1805
Pouring over old recipe books, ledgers and archive material has provided us with the tools to tell the story of Red Spot in a new, yet authentic way… this is a whiskey homecoming for the agesJonathan Mitchell
In fact Mitchell and Son were the only company that Jameson’s allowed to age their whiskeys. As Mitchell’s only imported the finest of wines and their casks were of a very high quality. They soon realized that they could use these specialized cask to age whiskey in their own bonded warehouse below the busy Dublin streets.
The distinct flavours and taste we know today, came from hand selected casks aged for four set time periods of 7, 10, 12 and 15 years of age. The simplest way to do was to paint “A spot” on each cask. And so, the Spot range was born with Blue, Green, Yellow and Red representing the years. Now at last Red Spot has been revived the only colour missing is Blue Spot and I’m counting down the days.
Red Spot, A History Reborn
When bonding was prohibited in Ireland these unique whiskeys started to disappear in the 1960s. The revival of Red Spot is a unique moment for Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey.
Crafted from an old recipe handed down by the Mitchell & Son family of wine merchants, with records dating back to the early 1900s, the reimagined Red Spot is a triple-distilled, single pot still Irish whiskey that has been matured for a minimum of 15 years in a combination of casks pre-seasoned with bourbon, Oloroso sherry and Marsala fortified wine.
This highly-anticipated release delivers a full-bodied, complex and characterful flavour, worthy of its colourful past.Mitchell & Son family
Tasting notes: Red Spot 15 Years Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey
Red Spot Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey was produced at Midleton distillery. It has matured for over 15 years in a combination of American Bourbon casks, Spanish sherry butts and Sicilian Marsala wine casks, sourced from the Italian producer Florio. This adds complexity on top of complexity all coming together to contribute to a richness in flavour not seen before in the Spot Range of Irish Whiskey.
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.
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.
An extra long infusion of fruits and spices. Malt, copper, banana, hay, dried strawberries, cocoa and baking spice with a bit of lemon curd, oak and vanilla frosting.
Where to drink: Red Spot 15 Years Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey Review
Check out McDaid’s this Victorian Irish Pub as has a distinctive exterior. The dimly lit bar has all the atmosphere of a classic Irish pub. When you step inside you’ll find an old style bar with a high ceiling and a smattering of chairs and tables. They have a great choice of whiskey or whisky and you’ll find a glass of Red Spot 15 year old at a good price.
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