Yellow Spot 12 Year Single Pot Still
Single Pot Still — Ireland
Tasted September 2, 2021
Wow. At first whiff I envision George Takei looking up from a Glencarin, uttering "Oh my." What territory is this. Following Green Spot this showcases a richer set of aromas - darker sugars, red fruits and floral notes. The soft clover, biscuit and honey notes are there but are now well dressed. There is a bit of sour/nutty Oloroso, some angel food cake and marzipan. I get a faint bit of candied pecan or toffee as well as, oddly enough, just a bit of ethanol. Some credit should be given to the extra 6% ABV over green spot I suppose. Wow. This is palate filling. Not attacking like some cask strength whiskeys but more like a giant bite of [your favorite] baked good. No real heat, just flavor. Nuts and fruit, soft baking spice like nutmeg and maybe a bit of clove, vanilla frosting, caramel sauce and leavened bread. The finish shows a bit of the ex-sherry influence with what could be heavy wine notes that somehow are present, but not heavy. Like the less well accesorized Green Spot, but sharply fashioned nonetheless less, this just has more class. Rolling the whiskey around in the mouth is entirely possible and brings candied apple flavors, roasted and candied pecans and a yeasty/nutty Oloroso hind-palate before a long finish of subtle biscuit, light caramel and dried fruits. If Green Spot is something you have to try at least once this is something that should be kept on hand at all times. If Glendronach 15 is the burley, cigar smoking brother then Yellow Spot is the sly, nimble well spoken sibling (think Thor vs. Loki). Officially top 3 in my category of sherry finished whiskeys... but is it number one? This shows restraint. It has less malt character and a bit less dried fruit than Glenfarclas 25 and is far less dense than Glendronach 15 or 18, without any of the bitter oak influence. Easy 4.25 for now but possibly higher. A 4.5 is not unreasonable and even 4.75 is a consideration. Given my infatuation I'll call it a 4.5 for now but what a tapestry of a whiskey this is.
90.0 USD per Bottle