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Green Spot Chateau Montelena Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey

Irish Distillers has released Green Spot Chateau Montelena, the first single pot still Irish whiskey to be finished in French oak barrels that once housed Zinfandel from famed Napa Valley wine estate Chateau Montelena. Matured until the combination of wine, whiskey and oak has reached “the perfect balance”, this is the second in the Wine Geese series following the launch of Green Spot Château Léoville Barton in 2015.

The Montelena whiskey was initially matured in American Bourbon and Sherry casks and then finished for a year in French oak Zinfandel barrels. According to its makers, this rare cask finish leads to “pomegranate, cranberry and maraschino cherry on the nose, a dry note to the silky mouthfeel” and a finish that combines “classic long pot still spice flavours with a delicate wine influence”.

The expression represents the coming together of two stories of Irish endeavour and enterprise. The Mitchells, who bottled and sold the original Green Spot under bond until 1968, and Jim Barrett, who restored the California-based Chateau Montelena to its former glory in 1972. Son of John Barrett, a Waterford man who emigrated to the USA after World War I, Jim Barrett followed in a long list of ‘wine geese’ – Irish migrants that established leading wineries around the world.

Today the traditions of Chateau Montelena are upheld by Jim’s son, Bo Barrett. The whiskey was made at the Midleton Distillery by Kevin O’Gorman, head of maturation, and long-serving head blender, Billy Leighton. Bottled at 46% ABV, Green Spot Chateau Montelena will be available in limited quantities in the USA, Canada and Ireland.

RRP: £36.45.

CONTACT Irish Distillers, irishdistillers.ie

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