Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard has announced a return to the fold for the revered Yellow Spot Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey, which has been skilfully recreated by the dedicated team at Midleton Distillery in Cork. The re-launch underpins the company’s pledge to introduce new Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey expressions each year, as part of its continued commitment to reinvigorate the category.

Part of the ‘Spot’ range of Single Pot Still Whiskeys, Yellow Spot was originally produced, bottled and sold by Dublin-based wine merchants Mitchell & Son. Established in 1805, Mitchell & Son were ageing whiskeys bought from John Jameson’s Dublin distillery in their own casks up until 1968, when the practice of selling whiskey to bonders in cask ceased. From that date, Green Spot was bottled by Irish Distillers Ltd., and is now joined by Yellow Spot 12 Year Old.

The exceptional skill of the Midleton Masters, combined with Mitchell’s old notes on the Yellow Spot expression, has led to the recreation of this 12 Year Old whiskey. Rather than simply being a ‘finished’ whiskey, Yellow Spot is an expression that has been matured for a full 12-year period, in three oak cask types: American bourbon barrels, Spanish sherry butts and uniquely, Spanish Malaga casks. Bottled at 46% ABV and set to be produced annually in batches of just 500 cases, the first bottles will be available in key markets from late May 2012.

Anna Malmhake, Chairman & CEO of Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard, says: “Through the skill and craftsmanship of our Midleton Masters, we have been able to retrieve this stunning long-lost gem. We are delighted to welcome it back into the portfolio today and we’re confident that it will heighten the rekindled interest we see in Single Pot Still Whiskeys around the globe.”

Yellow Spot will be available in Ireland through Mitchell & Son, in France through La Maison du Whisky, online via The Whisky Exchange and in Germany through Irisch Lifestyle. RRP €65 for a 70cl bottle.


Yellow Spot Tasting Notes

Nose: The initial freshly mown hay aroma is given substantial depth by the typical pot still spices. Red bell peppers, freshly ground nutmeg, a tincture of clove oil and a splash of green tea, balanced with the sweet soft nose of honey and peaches contributed by the Malaga wine casks seasoned in Andalucia. An exquisite sensory experience.

Taste: The mouth coating sensation to be expected from this Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey is apparent from the first sip. Honey sweetness with Pot Still spices slowly gives way to a spectrum of flavours, from the depth of freshly ground coffee, up through creamy milk chocolate to crème brûlée, picking up some red apples and toasted oak along the way.

Finish: Sophisticated and complex, the sweetness of the initial sip remains throughout, with a beautifully succulent mix of red grape and dry barley grains at the exit.

About The Midleton Masters

· Master Distiller Barry Crockett has been immersed in the art of whiskey distilling for almost 50 years, having learnt from his father, Midleton Master Distiller Max Crockett.

· Master Blender Billy Leighton selects and expertly marries a vast array of exquisite whiskey styles matured in different cask types.

· Master of Whiskey Science Dave Quinn manages all new product development and innovation.

· Master of Maturation Kevin O’Gorman oversees the wood management programme at Midleton Distillery. He manages a stock of more than 900,000 casks.

· Master Cooper Ger Buckley is a 5th generation cooper based at Midleton, having learnt the trade from his father Dominic Buckley.

About The Single Pot Still Whiskeys of Midleton

In 2011, Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard launched the Single Pot Still Whiskeys of Midleton initiative, aimed at promoting consistent communication on the provenance and quality of single pot still whiskey. The launch heralded an increase in investment in Irish Distillers’ existing portfolio, ahead of a planned roll-out of innovative extensions.

About Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard

Irish Distillers Limited, part of Pernod Ricard Group, distils and distributes a range of Irish whiskey, gin and vodka brands globally including Jameson, Powers, Paddy, Midleton Very Rare, Redbreast, Cork Dry Gin and Huzzar Vodka.

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