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Pernod Ricard’s Irish subsidiary Irish Distillers has launched Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey that will be finished in Bordeaux wine casks, Green Spot Château Léoville Barton.

Green Spot was first produced by Dublin-based wine merchants, Mitchell and Son who matured, packaged and sold the original Green Spot.

Irish Distillers that also produces Yellow Spot 12 Year Old and the new Green Spot Château Léoville Barton were used to Green Spot from the beginning.

Midleton Distillery master of maturation Kevin O’Gorman said: "With its fresh taste profile featuring notes of green apple, vanilla, toffee and liquorice, Green Spot has been a favourite among Irish whiskey lovers thanks to the Mitchell family since the 19th Century, so it is an honour to launch a further extension to our Spot family.

"Maturing Green Spot in the Château Léoville Barton wine casks provided a fascinating assortment of floral and wood characteristics on the nose and palate, which give way to a long, spicy finish reminiscent of the terroir in France and Ireland. I hope whiskey fans enjoy this latest addition to our growing Single Pot Still family and join us in toasting this new whiskey resulting from of our shared Irish heritage."

The whiskeys were initially matured in a traditional mix of ex-Oloroso sherry, new Bourbon and ex-Bourbon barrels from where they were transferred to the ex-Bordeaux wine casks for between 12 and 24 months that lends distinctive, floral flavours of different intensity.

Green Spot Château Léoville Barton contains 46% alcohol by volume and has been made available in five markets including Ireland, UK and France starting this month. It comes with a recommended price tag of $65 per 70cl.

Image: Irish Distillers has unveiled the new Green Spot Château Léoville Barton. Photo: courtesy of Green Spot.