Irish Potstill Whiskey

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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.

  • 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 of Pot Still whiskeys aged between 7 and 10 years. The whiskey has matured in a combination of new bourbon and refill bourbon casks as well as sherry casks. Only small quantities of Green Spot are bottled each year. No real reason why. Drink some more and we'll bottle more.

    NOSE
    :Fresh aromatic oils and spices with orchard fruits and barley on a background of toasted wood.
    TASTE
    :Full spicy body. A hint of cloves along with the fruity sweetness of green apples, rounded off with toasted oak.
    FINISH
    :Lingering flavours of spices and barley.
    £39.99
  • 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 with a complex yet balanced mix of berry fruits and aromatic oils.
    TASTE Fully round and mellow with the succulence of fleshy fruit combined with spices and toasted wood.
    FINISH Long and sophisticated.

    What is Single Pot Still?
    POT STILL IRISH WHISKEY is a style of whiskey which is unique to Ireland in general and to the Midleton Distillery, Co. Cork, in particular. It is regarded as the quintessential style of Irish whiskey.

    Made from a mash of malted and unmalted barley, which is then triple distilled in traditional copper pot stills, Pot Still Irish Whiskeys are characterised by full, complex flavours and a wonderful, creamy mouthfeel. The inclusion of unmalted barley to the mashbill, along with the tradition of triple distillation, defines the character of Pot Still and this uniquely Irish approach to whiskey distillation.

    Single Pot Still Whiskeys (whiskeys originating from a single distillery) were once the norm in Ireland and from the late 18th century to the early 20th century, Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey was the most sought after whiskey style in the world.

    Indeed, by the turn of the 20th century, more Pot Still whiskey was exported from Ireland than any other whiskey style from any other country. However, a number of unfortunate coincidences led to the demise of full flavoured Pot Still Irish Whiskeys and to the rise of the lighter, more accessible blended whiskeys, which combined lighter grain whiskeys with the fuller flavoured Pot Still whiskeys or Malt whiskies.

    While Pot Still Irish Whiskey continues to be used as a key component in many well known brands of blended Irish whiskey, by the turn of the millennium only two Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey brands had survived Redbreast & Green Spot. However, in recent years this style of whiskey has enjoyed a renewed groundswell of interest from whiskey writers and enthusiasts alike, giving rise to demand for new expressions and now, to the Single Pot Still Irish Whiskeys of Midleton range.
    £72.75
  • Redbreast 12 year old Cask Strength 57.7% 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 Redbreats in it most natural full flavoured state.
    £69.99
  • 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 results in the a complex and rewarding whiskey that is both aromatic and fruity with impeccable balance.
    £180.00
  • 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 well balanced with fresh sherry and redbreast spices. The finish is sweet and spicy with sherry notes and Spanish oak.
    £46.99
  • 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 which have been matured exclusively in American bourbon barrels with a subtle contribution from a pot still distillate which has been matured in an unseasoned or virgin American barrel.

    The aromatics, which are typical of the character delivered by Pot Still distillation, are generously complimented by a touch of lime, succulent green berries, pears and some green sweet pepper. The sweetness of vanilla and the deeper charred oak notes represent the seamless contribution made by maturation in best quality casks.
    The aroma leads to the expectation of an irresistible taste experience, and it does not disappoint. The Pot Still spices carry a light peppery note into the fresh citrus, limes with mandarin orange sweetness. A little hint of cinnamon, vanilla with pine freshness and charred wood acknowledge the years spent in American oak.
    The full complexity of flavour lasts well into the finish, slowly fading to expose the clean American Oak foundation.
    Bottled at 46% ABV and not chill filtered, there is no age statement with the whiskeys selected ranging in age from 10 to 22 years.

    What is Single Pot Still?
    POT STILL IRISH WHISKEY is a style of whiskey which is unique to Ireland in general and to the Midleton Distillery, Co. Cork, in particular. It is regarded as the quintessential style of Irish whiskey.

    Made from a mash of malted and unmalted barley, which is then triple distilled in traditional copper pot stills, Pot Still Irish Whiskeys are characterised by full, complex flavours and a wonderful, creamy mouthfeel. The inclusion of unmalted barley to the mashbill, along with the tradition of triple distillation, defines the character of Pot Still and this uniquely Irish approach to whiskey distillation.

    Single Pot Still Whiskeys (whiskeys originating from a single distillery) were once the norm in Ireland and from the late 18th century to the early 20th century, Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey was the most sought after whiskey style in the world.

    Indeed, by the turn of the 20th century, more Pot Still whiskey was exported from Ireland than any other whiskey style from any other country. However, a number of unfortunate coincidences led to the demise of full flavoured Pot Still Irish Whiskeys and to the rise of the lighter, more accessible blended whiskeys, which combined lighter grain whiskeys with the fuller flavoured Pot Still whiskeys or Malt whiskies.

    While Pot Still Irish Whiskey continues to be used as a key component in many well known brands of blended Irish whiskey, by the turn of the millennium only two Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey brands had survived Redbreast & Green Spot. However, in recent years this style of whiskey has enjoyed a renewed groundswell of interest from whiskey writers and enthusiasts alike, giving rise to demand for new expressions and now, to the Single Pot Still Irish Whiskeys of Midleton range.
    £153.75
  • 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 years, mainly in 2nd fill American bourbon casks, with a small contribution of distillate which has been matured in Olorosso sherry butts.
    The result is a Single Pot Still whiskey of outstanding flavour and complexity which provides a fitting tribute to the spiritual home of one of Irelands most loved whiskeys.
    NOSE An abundance of earthy aromas, leather, tobacco with layers of charred wood, dark chocolate and treacle toffee.
    TASTE Full bodied spice front followed by vanilla, honey and dried apricot.
    FINISH Lingering honey sweetness on toasted oak.
    £49.99
  • 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 Midleton Barry Crockett's Legacy.
    £33.99
  • 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 whiskey, Yellow Spot is special in that it contains single pot still whiskey that has been matured for a full 12 year period in three oak cask types: American bourbon barrels, Spanish sherry butts and uniquely, Spanish Malaga casks. Bottled at 46% ABV, the influence of the Malaga cask brings an exotic sweet note to the whiskey making it a truly delightful taste experience.
    £65.50
  • Midleton Dair Ghaelach Grinsells wood 58.2% 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 58.2% vol the labels even gives you the batch number, 9 tree number and bottle number.
    The result is spicy rich whisky which has been enhanced by the Irish oak barrels with vanilla, milk chocolate and stewed fruits.
    £194.99
  • The Pogues Irish Whiskey 40% vol 70cl

    This is the official whiskey of the legendary Irish Band The Pogues. Distilled at the West Cork distillery it is a blend of 50% 10 years old single malt aged in sherry casks and 7 years single malt aged in bourbon casks and 50% four grain Irish whiskey aged in Bourbon.

    Malty on the nose with aromas of cracked nuts. The taste is smooth and sweet intense and welcoming.

    £28.99
  • 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 nose with pot still spiciness. Floral notes with red berry fruits then orchard fruits. The palate has a lovely balance between oak and spice with vanilla and strawberries. The sweetness works well with the drier notes from the wine cask.
    £49.50
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