This past Wednesday we attended an Irish whiskey tasting at Yankee Spirits in Attleboro, MA. We were thrilled to taste all the whiskies being featured but deep down we attended because we were told there would be samplings of Red Spot. Green Spot being one of our favorite Irish whiskies we had to attend but when we got there we learned that there was no sampling of Red Spot. They only had their Green and Yellow spot to sample and two bottles of their Red Spot to purchase.
What did we do? We purchased a bottle of course! We’ve purchased their other Spots without tasting them so why stop now. This is a brand we trust wholeheartedly and knew we’d like the whiskey no matter what.
Red Spot is now the oldest whiskey in the Mitchell and Son portfolio. The whiskey is aged for a minimum of 15-years and it is matured in a combination of American Bourbon casks, Spanish sherry butts and Sicilian Marsala wine casks.
The Red Spot name came to be from the brands bonding days. They family would mark the casts of different ages with a spot of paint. There was a Blue Spot, Green Spot, Yellow Spot and the Red Spot that has now resurfaced.
Nose: oak, spices, fruit and nuts
Palate: sherry, pepper, spices, Marsala and oak
Finish: fruit and spices
As we suspected, this whiskey did not disappoint. It’s delicious! It’s full of spices, lightly sweet and the notes of sherry really shine. It has a little bit of bite which then mellows into sweet notes of fruit. Red Spot is now my second favorite Spot. It hasn’t replaced my love for the Green Spot but it sure did come close.
The sweetness and gentleness of the whiskey makes this Red Spot really drinkable. The wine casks help bring a great deal of dimension and add depth to the notes in each dram. It’s tasty, different than the other Spots and I would recommend trying. It’s simply Irish whiskey at it’s best. Now I’m truly hoping to see a Blue Spot release.
If you want to know more about their other whiskies, links below.
Other Spots: Green Spot, Yellow Spot and Green Spot Château Léoville Barton
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