Monday, October 02, 2017


Irish Distillers, has today announced the launch of a new addition to its Green Spot - Wine Geese series of Single Pot Still Irish Whiskeys, finished in French oak Zinfandel wine casks.

Green Spot Chateau Montelena (46% ABV) was initially matured in American bourbon and sherry casks, before being finished for a year in casks that were previously filled with Zinfandel wine from the famed Chateau Montelena, Napa Valley.

Green Spot Chateau Montelena

Green Spot Chateau Montelena, is said to represent 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 time-honoured traditions of Chateau Montelena are upheld by Jim’s son, Bo Barrett.

Crafted at the Midleton Distillery by Kevin O’Gorman, Head of Maturation and long-serving Head Blender, Billy Leighton, Green Spot Chateau Montelena is the second edition in the Wine Geese series following the launch of Green Spot Château Léoville Barton in 2015.

Commenting on the launch, Kevin O’Gorman, Head of Maturation at Midleton Distillery, said: “Green Spot Chateau Montelena is the celebration of three famous Irish institutions – Midleton Distillery, Mitchell and Son and Chateau Montelena – working in harmony to craft a new and innovative Irish whiskey that will appeal to whiskey and wine drinkers alike.”

He Went onto say: “Exploring the influence of these prized wine casks on Green Spot Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey was our inspiration. We found that the black-skinned Zinfandel grapes are full of ripe, spicy berry flavours, which imparts a distinctive and refined fruitiness to the wine and also the casks in which they matured. Working closely with Billy Leighton, we monitored the finishing process over the course of one year until we reached the perfect balance of flavours – the result is a rich pot still whiskey with classic Green Spot red apples, pears, vanilla and liquorice complemented by the dry and fruity Zinfandel wine.”

Green Spot Chateau Montelena, will be available later this month and in limited quantities each year in the USA, Canada and Ireland. RRP (tbc).

Posted by Steve Rush