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December 2, 2023 (edited December 6, 2023)
4.0 out of 5 stars
Today we go to Ireland. That will happen quite a few times in this calendar.
The Spots all have very good reputation, and I can see why. The 12 year old yellow variant is a lovely Irish dram, and not even that overpriced as some other offerings.
On the nose we get a hint of mint cookies, the slight zesty freshness of apricots, and a mix of freshly cut apples, pears and other fruits of the sort with a dash of pepper. That might be the 46% doing what they are supposed to do.
The taste reminds me of apple compote with cinnamon, assorted black berries and a slight sweetness of honey, combined with some bitterness from scandinavian crisp bread. You know the ones I am talking about, the think, hard plates that shatter when you look at them wrong but are surprisingly tasty. Finncrisp comes to mind. The multigrain variant. The pepper shows up again, not harsh, just a slight dash of sharpness that could very well also be cinnamon. Or ginger now that I think about it. Gingerbread anybody?
Aftertaste is sweet, slightly chocolate and malt flavored with some fruits in there. Imagine eating Maltesers and apricots at the same time, maybe even toss a few raspberries in there.
All in all, a very nice offering from the green island. I would love that as a pipe tobacco too, it sounds like it would work.