Ireland’s oldest family-owned liquor store, Dublin-based Mitchell & Son, is celebrating 135 years in business by launching an exclusive new whiskey under its Spot banner.
The makers of premium whiskeys Blue Spot, Green Spot, Yellow Spot and Red Spot now bring us Gold Spot Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey.
Retailing for €120 and launching this Monday the 13th, the new whiskey has been aged for at least nine years in the usual combination of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry Spot Series casks.
However, what makes this bottle special is that Bordeaux wine barrels and port pipes were also used in the maturation process, imparting to the liquid what the distillers describe as “exceptional flavors of vibrant fruit. enhanced by delicate oak tannins and wood spices”.
It’s a process that deliberately dates back to the late 1800s when, as the Mitchell family recently discovered, significant quantities of port casks were imported into Ireland for the same purpose.
Whiskey lovers will also be interested to know that Gold Spot Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey is bottled at a healthy 51.4% ABV.
Katherine Condon, Distiller at Irish Distillers, said: “It has been a privilege and a joy to work with the famous Mitchell family as they take us on a journey through their company’s rich history, passed down over seven generations.
“Gold Spot is truly a liquid time capsule with wine barrels that maintain a beautiful balance of tradition and innovation and mark their 135 year history of whiskey bonding in Ireland.
“We cherish these collaborative opportunities with the Mitchell family and look forward to welcoming even more whiskey fans to sample a piece of whiskey history within the Spot family.”
Jonathan Mitchell of Mitchell & Son added: “We are delighted to carry on the legacy of the Spot family and our family’s historic role in the era of whiskey in Dublin.
“It has been fascinating to collaborate again with Katherine Condon and the talented team at Midleton to celebrate the colorful history of our family business, using casks that would have been originally introduced to Irish whiskey in the late 1800s. We are excited to see what the future holds for this wonderful family of whiskies.