Review #157 – Green Spot Chateau Leoville Barton

Review #157 – Green Spot Chateau Leoville Barton

Review #: 157
Description: Green Spot Chateau Leoville Barton
Spirit: Irish Whiskey

Background: Here we have an offering from Midleton distillery.  This whiskey takes the standard Green Spot whiskey (allegedly aged 7-10 years in ex-bourbon and ex-oloroso sherry casks) and finishes them in wine casks from Chateau Leoville Barton.  Bottled at 46% so not the bare minimum, let’s see how it is.

Distillery – Midleton

Bottler – Midleton

Brand – Spot

Selection – N/A

ABV – 46%

Age – NAS

Nose – Some white grape, wintergreen mint(?), sour lemon, sourdough and bready malt.  A little bit of airtime brings out some peaches
Taste – Quite sweet: butter cream, white grape juice, barley sugar, peaches
Finish – Decent bit of sweetness and barley sugar, with some tart malt coming in to balance and some pepper that lingers.  Not overly complex though

Score: 4
Would I buy a bottle? No

Thoughts: I’ll give it that this definitely is different from nearly any Irish whiskey I’ve had.  The wine influence is interesting, but ultimately a bit straightforward with sweetness on the palate and finish.  I can’t get over the weird sour/mint dynamic with fruit on the nose though.  

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