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Distilled by Midleton and matured in a blend of bourbon barrels, sherry butts, Bordeaux wine casks and port pipes, this is the 2022 release of Mitchell & Sons in the Spot whiskey brand. It's bottled at 51.4% ABV with no coloring or filtering. Let's dive in.
Intensely sweet and enticing, it's full of rich custard, butter cream, confectioners sugar, creme brulee and a touch of coconut and orange peel. Rich and buttery, light on tannic, heavy on dessert.
Rich on the palate, this is proofed very nicely. Syrupy texture, it's silky with plenty going on. Honey, berries, cherry and orange peel meet coconut, vanilla cream and a rich, tannic spice to balance out the sweets. Lightly nutty, primarily almond, it's complex and easy to drink and enjoy at 51.4% ABV.
Long finish, rich and leaning a touch spicier. Honey and coconut persist with a touch of red berries and blackberry persisting through the finish.
Overall, despite the modest age statement, this release is a winner through and through with tons of character, balance and complexity. Few things can prove age is just a number this effectively, as Gold Spot's release is a fitting anniversary bottling, rich with flavor and complexity. If you see one in your travels, you best pick it up.