They say a whisky is only as fine as the men who favour it and as whisky critic Jim Murry’s liquid of choice, Green Spot is highly accomplished. A single pot still Irish whiskey, founder William Mitchell branched out from his bakery business and into the world of spirits in 1805. But it wasn’t until the 1920s when its first whisky was sipped.
Green Spot was first matured for five years using casks that previously held fragrant dark and light sherries, before being vatted together to mature for five more years in a neutral oak casing. Coloured spots of paint were used to categorise the casks by age and maturity and while a blue, yellow and red spot identified whiskies of seven, 12 and15 years old respectively, it was the green 10 year old tipple that proved to be most popular. And so, the Green Spot company was formed, and it remains the only branch to remain in production to this day.