Spot Whiskeys, originally out of Dublin from legendary Mitchell and Son, are Irish classics. But many fans of this legendary whiskey line have never experienced the brand’s original offering – Red Spot. Well, after 50 years off the market, Red Spot Whiskey is back, and it’s as good as ever.
According to the makers behind it – Irish Distillers at Middleton Distillery in Cork, now owned by conglomerate Pernod Ricard – the revival Red Spot Whiskey is distilled from an old family recipe from the original Mitchell family, who first opened shop on Grafton Street in Dublin in 1805. The name “Spot” came their practice of putting small dabs of colored paint on the casks to quickly identify their age and batch; A Blue Spot indicated a 7 year whiskey, with Green marking a 10 year and Yellow and Red 12 and 15 years.
Anyway, Red Spot is a triple-distilled pot whiskey and has been matured for 15 years in a combination of oloroso sherry, bourbon and marsala casks. To be precise, it started with a 5-year old Bourbon-aged single pot still whiskey that is then popped into the marsala barrels for the remainder of its aging life.
The three are then blended together and bottled without chill filtration, clocking in at 92 proof. The taste? Classic and oh-so-good.
It has a gorgeous amber color that comes with a delicious hint of vanilla and tons of fruit: Spot says there is baked apple, mango and black cherry. The fruit is even more apparent with the palate, evidently thanks to the Marsala casks, while the bourbon casks are responsible hints of spiciness and oak graininess. Finally, the sherry casks add a touch of residual, refined sweetness.
All in all, one of the best whiskeys we’ve had in a long time. If you know where to look, you can usually snag a bottle for about $115 to $130.