Review No.39. Green Spot

I haven’t discussed Pot Still whiskies on The Flavour Chase and there is a lot of material on the internet explaining what Pot Still is.  In short, if you have read my article on how whisky is made then you will now that Scotch single malts are made from malted barley.  The difference with Pot Still is that it contains a mix of unmalted barley.  Another difference is that Pot Still whiskies tend to go through the distillation process 3 times whereas Scotch single malts go through the distillation process 2 times, some do this 2.5 times or 3 times, like Auchentoshan.  Jameson own the Green Spot as well as other Pot Still whiskey brands.


Whisky: Green Spot Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey, 40% vol.

Nose: Copper, vegetables, dried fruit, apples, citrus, honey

Taste: Cinnamon, spices, malt, sherry, apples and pears, oak

Finish: Spice, malt, oak

Score: 2.5 – 4.25

Summary: When I first opened this bottle I wasn’t impressed.  It was quite astringent, dense, concentrated and metallic.  Water helped open it up and soften those astringent tones but it could see the hype around this Single Pot whiskey compared to the Jameson blend.  I would occasionally drink it but it wasn’t the first bottle on my whisky shelf I would go to.  At that point I would have rated this as a 2.5.  The something happened to this, it’s called oxygen.  The strange metallic note I was getting had disappeared and the fruity notes flourished and I was even getting juicy berries.  This is an absolute delight! I could not believe the transition that had occurred with this bottle.  I have experienced Glenmorangie turn from being fruit and floral to sharp and astringent due to the effect of oxidisation.  Patience truly is a virtue.



Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf


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