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Midleton Yellow Spot 12 Year Old

Distillery: Midleton
Name: Yellow Spot
Region: Ireland
Age: 12
Chill-filtered: ?
Strength: 46%
Batch No.: N/A
Bottle Size: 3cl
Price: £5.64 (£60 for 70cl)
Nose: Light fruits, sweet, sherry notes
Taste: Creamy, smooth, full bodied, fruity
Finish: Medium length, smooth
Rating: 6/10

The Yellow Spot is a single pot still whiskey that has been matured in three types of cask, Bourbon, Sherry butts and Malaga (a fortified wine) casks. I’ve been looking forward this as I have not really had many Irish whiskies to be honest. I was all up for trying the Green Spot as it has a great reputation, and then I won this sample around my local pub in a raffle they held for a local charity.

It has a lovely nose to it with lots of light fruits coming through with just a hint of sherry from the casks. There is also some sweetness there, a little vanilla coming through, quite refreshing at first but then deepens a little, getting a little richer, as it is allowed to aerate. You also get the impression that this is going to be a very smooth dram. The palate has a lovely rich, smooth, creaminess to it, plenty of body and yet maintains the light fruits quality from the nose. The finish is pleasant, of medium length but nothing stands out to me.

With water – The nose becomes even more fruity, the sweetness remains about the same though. The sherry notes are lost a little with the addition of water. On the palate it is still very smooth, the small amount of burn from the alcohol has gone and the fruitiness is enhanced a little, it does loose some of the body obviously but holds up fairly well. Kills the finish a bit though.

Overall it is a nice dram but as with previous Irish whiskies I have tried, it lacks the complexity I was hoping for. A nice, easy drinking dram, but I would not be looking at paying the circa £60 for that sort of whisky personally.