For the first time in 56 years there are four colors in the Spot whiskey family with the release of Blue Spot 7 year cask strength. Other Spots include: Green Spot (10 year); Yellow Spot (12 year) and Red Spot (15 year).
If you are wondering about where the name comes from, it derives from the brands bonding days. The family (Mitchell & Son) would mark the casts of different ages with a spot of paint. Middleton keeps that tradition alive today as they oversee the Spot range of whiskeys.
Blue Spot is matured in bourbon casks, Sherry butts and Portuguese Madeira casks. It’s bottled at cask strength with an abv of 58.7%.
Nose: fruit, spices, wood and hazelnut
Palate: smooth, vanilla, spices, pepper and cinnamon
Finish: fruit, spices and lingering warmth
Cost: $87 (what I paid)
Out of all the Spots, Green Spot has long held my heart but… this Blue Spot is strongly fighting its way to the top of my heart.
This whiskey starts off very smooth with notes of fruit and spices. As you sip it down it then begins tingling your throat with a warmth that simply holds for a long time. The barrel proof hits in the end in a very good way. This is the type of whiskey I would drink after coming home from the cold. It’s flavorful, silky, delicious and absolutely worth the wait.
I hope they keep Blue Spot in rotation. It completes what’s already and excellent range. Given its depth and sweetness at cask strength this adds a whole new level of appreciation for what the distillery has accomplished.
Blue Spots release here in the North East was extremely limited and it came to the States after already arriving in Canada and Europe before Christmas of last year. If you see it on the shelf and love Irish whiskeys that are cask strength and border on a sweet sherry bomb. This is for you. I’ve currently seen it for sale from $87 – $100 at retail and $200+ on the secondary markets.
Note: The contents on my blog are solely my opinion. To me every palate is different! Although I may or may not like a product, I always recommend for people to try it and make up their own minds.