Green Spot Chateau Leoville Barton
The Green Spot Chateau is the first Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey to be finished in a Bordeaux Wine Cask. Chateau Léoville Barton is located in the Left Bank of Bordeaux, in the Saint-Julien AOC (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée), a highly sort-after region producing overall higher than average quality wines. Only 11 winery in this region, and Chateau Léoville Barton is considered one of the best in Saint-Julien. The Barton family are Irish descent, hence the reason for the collaboration, to celebrate an Irish heritage.
Matured initially in a mixture of ex-Oloroso Sherry, fresh American oak and ex-bourbon barrels, this Green Spot whiskey is then finished in the ex-Château Léoville Barton Bordeaux wine casks for 12 to 24 months.(Taken from Master of Malt)
Enough wine facts, now move onto the review.
Container: Glencairn Neat
Colour: Gold with a red hue
Nose: Very nice and sweet nose, vanilla frosting, strawberries, raspberries, caramel, waxy malt, apple, honey, toffee, lemon, hint of dark fruits.
Very delightful on the nose, like a berry pastry.
Palate: Banana, lemon, vanilla frosting, strawberries, apples, cinnamon, pepper, oak, more red fruits.
Dessert served, confectionery of red berries, apples, vanilla frosting, and touch of baking spices, simply wonderful.
Finish: Long finish, the palate carries onto the finish, more spices, lemon, touch of oak, and touch of mineral note.
I enjoyed this so much that I bought a second bottle, I would love to see this in cask strength, love a well-made dessert dram, this is a huge step up from the regular Green Spot, the extra proof and NCF really helped a lot, and the wine cask gave it so much more depth, while retaining the smoothness you come to expect with Irish Whiskey.