Irish Distillers has today announced the launch of the first ever Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey to be finished in Bordeaux wine casks.
Green Spot Château Léoville Barton (46% ABV) is a new variant of the much renowned Irish whiskey, which can trace its roots back to Dublin-based wine merchants, Mitchell & Son, who matured, bottled and sold the original Green Spot under bond.
Set in the heart of the Saint Julien appellation in Bordeaux, Léoville Barton is a grand cru Château renowned for producing world class wine. Léoville Barton is overseen today by Anthony and Lilian Barton, direct descendants of Thomas Barton, a ‘Wine Geese’ winemaker who founded a wine merchant company in 1725, after migrating from his native Ireland.
This latest release was initially matured in a traditional mix of ex-Oloroso sherry, new Bourbon and ex-Bourbon barrels. The whiskeys were then transferred into ex-Bordeaux wine casks for between 12 and 24 months.
Commenting on the launch, Kevin O’Gorman, Master of Maturation at the Midleton Distillery, said: “With its fresh taste profile featuring notes of green apple, vanilla, toffee and liquorice, Green Spot has been a favourite among Irish whiskey lovers thanks to the Mitchell family since the 19th Century, so it is an honour to launch a further extension to our Spot family. Maturing Green Spot in the Château Léoville Barton wine casks provided a fascinating assortment of floral and wood characteristics on the nose and palate, which give way to a long, spicy finish reminiscent of the terroir in France and Ireland. I hope whiskey fans enjoy this latest addition to our growing Single Pot Still family and join us in toasting this new whiskey resulting from of our shared Irish heritage.”
Green Spot Château Léoville Barton will be available later this month from specialist retailers for a RRP of £42.00.