Irish Distillers has unveiled Red Spot Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey, a release last seen in the mid 1960s.
Red Spot is a triple distilled, single pot still Irish whiskey that has been matured for a minimum of 15 years in a combination of casks pre-seasoned with bourbon, Oloroso sherry and Marsala fortified wine. The resulting whiskey has a full bodied, spicy, bold flavour profile, bottled at 46% ABV.
As part of the production process, Marsala fortified wine casks were procured from Sicily in the early 2000s and then, in 2004, were filled with a five year-old bourbon matured single pot still Irish whiskey.
The original Red Spot recipe came from the Mitchell & Son family of wine merchants, the creators of the original Spot Whiskeys range in the early 1900s. The Mitchell family worked with the distillers in Midleton for this new release.
The Mitchell family began trading in 1805 at 10 Grafton Street, Dublin, as purveyors of fine wine and confectionery. In 1887, the business expanded into whiskey bonding whereby it sent empty wine and fortified wine casks to the local Jameson Distillery on Bow Street to be filled with new single pot still spirit for maturation in the Mitchell’s cellars. Four generations later, the company is still in the wine and spirits business under the stewardship of Jonathan Mitchell and his son Robert.
Kevin O’Gorman, Master of Maturation at Midleton Distillery, commented: “It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with the Mitchell family on the reimagination of Red Spot and bring a piece of Dublin’s rich whiskey history back to life. It has been 50 years since the world last saw Red Spot and whiskey enthusiasts have long awaited its return – this is a bold whiskey that packs a punch, has incredibly rich flavours and an extra-long infusion of fruits and spices on the finish that provides a truly unique and colourful ending. We’re delighted to be able to offer this lost, but not forgotten whiskey, once again, and look forward to one day completing the full Spot Whiskeys range.”
Red Spot is available now in Ireland at an RRP of €115 and will be on sale from January 2019 in the USA, UK, France and Global Travel Retail.