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Irish Potstill Whiskey

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  • Green Spot Irish Whiskey 40% 70cl
    Green Spot dates back to 1887, and originally bottled for Mitchell & Sons, Green Spot possesses a vibrant and fruity taste character making it an ideal entry point into Irish Single Pot Still whiskey.GREEN SPOT is a non age statement Single Pot Still Irish whiskey and is comprised...
  • Redbreast 15 years old 46% 70cl
    Redbreast 15 years old Port still has all the characteristics of Redbreast 12 but delivered in a more intense fashion. The extra years spent in both Sherry and Bourbon cask, and the fact that it is bottled at 46% abv, contribute to a wonderfully powerful taste experience.NOSE Full and rich ...
  • Redbreast 12 year old Cask Strength 55.8% 70cl
    Rebreast cask strength is very limited and is the result of of malted and unmalted barley, tripled distilled in copper pot stills. It displays the the characteristic full and complex flaours of Pot still whiskey, with distinctive influence from maruration on sherry casks. This expression shows Re...
  • Redbreast 21 years old 46% 70cl
    This 21 year old redbreast is the oldest expression of a pot still whiskey from the distillery. Made from a mash recipe which contains both malted and unmalted barley, it is tripled distilled and then aged in a combination of American Bourbon barrels and first fill Oloroso sherry casks. This resu...
  • Method & Madness Single Pot Still 46% 70cl
    Method and Madness Pot Still Irish Whiskey is the most unusual of this new range of boundary pushing expressions. Distilled at the Midleton Distiller, it takes the well trodden path initially being matured in sherry and bourbon barrels. Then things get interesting. The whiskey is fin...
  • Midleton Very Rare 2018 Vintage Release 70cl
    The new release of Midleton Very Rare 2018 has had a revamp. It now comes in a rather smart wooden box with magnetic hinges and new unique style bottle. The whiskey is just as delicious, a  blend made from their finest cask. Midleton Very Rare was first created in 1984 by the Master Distille...
  • Method & Madness Single Pot Still Virgin Hungarian Oak 46% 70cl
    This single pot stilled whiskey is a limited edition from Method and Madness. On the ever lasting quest for finding unusual casks led them to the Carpathian Mountains of Hungary where the soils are rich with volcanic matter that give rise to Quercus Petraea. The use of the Virgin Hungarian Oak...
  • Introduction To The Single Pot Still Whiskeys Of Midleton 4 x 50ml
    A great gift pack for those who love Irish whiskey or would like to become acquainted with Ireland's unique potstill whiskey expressions.The Irish Single Pot Still 4 x 5cl Miniature gift pack includes 1 x 5cl Redbreast 12yo, 1 x 5cl Green Spot, 1 x 5cl Power's John's Lane and 1 x 5cl ...
  • Powers Johns Lane Release 46% 12 years old
    This expression, Powers Johns Lane Release, celebrates the origin of the Powers whiskey tradition and provides a glimpse of the whiskey style that made Powers famous. Using a pot still distillate which is true to the original style of Johns Lane, the whiskey has been matured for not less than 12 ...
  • Yellow Spot 12 years old Single Pot Still 46% 70cl
    Mitchell & Son are delighted to announce the re-introduction of Yellow Spot Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey!Inspired by the original Yellow Spot and last bottled in the 1950s, Yellow Spot is the rare taste of a bonders style Single Pot Still Irish whiskey. Rather than being simply a finished w...
  • Redbreast 12 years old 40% 70cl
    ..a magnificent performance. Is this the best whiskey in the world? Peter Mulryan, Whiskey Critic. Redbreast 12 Year Old is the only aged Pure Pot still whiskey on sale today. It was first launched in 1939 as the brand name given to the pot still whiskey supplied by Jameson to whiskey bonders bef...
  • Green Spot Chateau Leoville Barton 46% 70cl
    This is a new limited Edition from Green Spot being aged in a combination of Bourbon and sherry casks and then with a finishing period in Bordeaux wine casks which previously held Chateau Leoville Barton Saint Julien wine which gives the whiskey a new dimension.French oak initially on the n...
  • Jamesons Crested Ten Whiskey 40% 70cl
    Jameson Crested ten is a complex aged whiskey from Ireland with a nose showing sherry, spice and a hint of ginger. Full bodied and smooth with soft sherry undertones, toasted wood, fruit spice and some chocolate notes.
  • Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy 70cl
    This expression represents Barrys personal selection of old and elegant Pot Still whiskeys, exclusively matured in American bourbon barrels. Bearing the name of the celebrated second generation Midleton Master Distiller, Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy represents a selection of pot still whiskeys ...
  • Midleton Dair Ghaelach Grinsells Tree No. 07 57.9% 70cl
    A new limited edition Midleton Pot still whiskey which has been triple distilled which has been matured in American Bourbon barrels and then finished in virgin Irish oak barrels from Grinsells wood, Ballaghtobin Estate, In County Kilkenny. Bottled at cask strenghth 57.9% vol the labels even gives...
  • Redbreast Lustau Edition 46% 70cl
    This is a limited Edition Redbreast which has been finished in the finest Oloroso Sherry casks from Bodegas Lustau. Aged between 9 and 12 years then blended and aged for a further year in the Lustau barrels.The nose has dark fruits, prunes, dates figs, toasted oak and spice. On the palate it is w...
  • Red Spot 15 years old 70cl
    The Red Spot 15 years old on the nose is pot still spices with a rich cooked fruit underlying note, baked apple, mango and black cherry. Hazelnut and a touch of a new leather which fuses with toasted American Oak. On the palate it is a mix of ripe fruit sweetness from the Marsala sea...
  • Jameson Select Reserve Small Batch 40% 70cl
    Jamesons new whiskey to replace the 12 years old is produced in small batches in pot stills. Rich pot stilled whiskey and small batch grain whiskies are matured in flame-charred barrels to rpduce a rich and luxurious taste. They use charred bourbon and toasted sherry casks add character and depth...
  • Jameson The Distillers Safe 43% 70cl
    This is part of a new range of three whiskies from Jameson which celebrates the people behind the craft. The distillers safe has a smooth mouth feel of pot still whiskies, combined with soft buttery sweetness and gentle notes of grain whiskey.
  • Midleton Very Rare 2015 Bottling 40% 70cl
    The highly awaited release of the 2015 bottle of Midleton Very Rare from the Jameson Whiskey distillery. Made in small batches it is released annually with vintage date. This is the first release since Barry Crockett retired and bears the name of the new Master distillery Brain Nation. This whisk...

Single pot still is the only kind of whiskey that is made solely in Ireland and is unique to the Emerald Isle. The key point that differentiates it from single malt whiskey is the type of barley that is used in the distillation process. Rather than using 100% malted barley in the mash, a combination of malted and un-malted barley is utilised to produce a rich, cereal flavoured whiskey that envelops the mouth in a luxuriously silky texture. Single pot still whiskey also possesses a certain spicy quality that is widely regarded as the symptomatic characteristic of this unique category and those combinations of traits are oft referred to as the ‘pot still character’. Single pot still whiskey is distilled by a single distillery and in a copper pot still. Up until a few years ago, 2011 to be precise, this category of whiskey was known as pure pot still but had to be amended to comply with newly introduced labelling laws.

Midleton is the only distillery that is currently producing this type of whiskey and it’s a predominant ingredient in Jamesons, the company’s most popular blended whiskey. Originally, only Redbreast and Green Spot were sold as single pot still whiskeys in their own right but consumer interest in the category convinced Midleton to add Powers John’s Lane 12 Year Old and Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy to their portfolio as well as the Redbreast 12 Year Old Cask Strength.

So why is this category unique to Ireland? Back in the 1700’s the tax on malt liquor was an ever increasing overhead for the Irish distillers. To combat this, the distilleries started to use unmalted barley in the production of Irish whiskey, thus cutting down on the amount of tax they were required to pay. After the adverse effects of US prohibition, civil war and the damaging trade embargo imposed by the British, many distilleries were forced to close. By 1960 there were only 3 distilleries left (Powers, Cork Distilling Company and Jamesons) and they merged under the name of Irish Distillers Ltd. After closing their individual premises, they amalgamated under the roof of the brand new Midleton distillery which was kitted out with the latest continuous grain stills as well as the old style copper pot stills. Thus began the story of modern blended Irish whiskey, created from grain whiskey and single pot still malt.

Luckily, the tradition of bottling and consuming the single pot still whiskey, then known as pure pot still, was not lost thanks to a couple of local merchants who had created brands (Redbreast and Green Spot) using whiskey they had purchase straight from the distillery near the beginning of the century. This ensured the continuation, and eventual return to prominence, of single pot whiskey.