Green Spot

World Whiskey Review #17: Green Spot

Distillery: Midleton Distillery

Region: Cork, Ireland

ABV: 40%

Age: NAS, Blend of 7 to 10 year whiskeys

Price: $7/2 oz pour at a bar as a St. Patrick’s Day special (usually $14)

Color: 0.7, Amber

. Color added and chill filtered.


Nose: On the sweeter side of things, perhaps a bit of sherry? Mainly though, I get this metallic smell that reminds me of sticking my nose in one of those stainless steel tumblers.

Palate: Light and sweet. There’s a bit of malt sweetness, some orchard fruits (pears and apples). A bit of a bright dram, it reminds me a bit of early spring.

Finish: Short, main notes are vanilla icing and something metallic. The metallic taste lingers in the aftertaste as well.

Conclusion: Ahead of St. Patrick’s Day, I figured I should have an Irish whiskey or two. Green Spot has always been one that piqued my interest so I decided to try this guy out. On the whole, I liked it a lot more than I did any of the Redbreast 12 or 15 year I tried a few months back. The palate is really bright and full of fruit, which I love. The vanilla icing in the finish is pretty good as well. However, I really am not a fan of that metallic note that’s prevalent in the nose and in the finish. If that note was gone, I’m sure I would’ve enjoyed this more. Would I buy a bottle? No.

Final Score: 76.

World whiskey review #17, Irish whiskey review #4, Whisky Network Review #84


Scoring Legend:

  • 96-100: The perfect dram, nectar of the gods.
  • 90-95: Near perfect, there is something truly special about this whisky.
  • 85-89: Amazing, will always try to keep a bottle of this in my collection (if feasible).
  • 80-84: Very Good, maybe only one minor nitpick about the whisky keeping it here.
  • 75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink.
  • 70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get it.
  • 60-69: Meh, still drinkable.
  • Below 59: If you have a bottle of this, start cooking with it instead.

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