Back in early 1900s Dublin, the Mitchell family was developing a strong reputation as a whisky bonder and bottler, creating some of the finest single pot Irish whisky around. They matured its casks in a network of underground cellars beneath the streets of the city, with each four colours representing the number of years it was matured in.

The Green Spot Single Pot Still Irish Whisky scored 95 points in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible in 2022, and as he stated: it’s “One of the world’s rarest whiskies. If you see it, grab it. It’s too much of a high-class one-off to ignore… an essay in complex and understated layering.”

Colour: The bright copper is probably an indication of a bourbon cask
Nose: Fruity sweet scent of vanilla candy with a hint of citrus
Palate: Gentle bourbon oak but very sweet on the tongue (I later found out it was matured in a combination of first and second-fill bourbon casks as well as sherry casks)
Water: Nose and palate become lighter, light cherry and light chocolate
Finish: Very creamy with a long and sweet pudding aftertaste. Could become a new favourite of mine

These four expressions disappeared in the 1950s, but the range prevailed and was reintroduced into the market in the early 2000s. It is a real stunner, expertly crafted and a delight to sip, a true rarity of its kind.