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Overall rating
84.70/100
votes
280
Category
Single Pot Still
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Barrels, Sherry Butts & Malaga Casks
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L320431207
Barcode
5011007024475
Bottled for
Mitchell & Son
Added on
01 Jun 2012 5:34 pm
ColoredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 70,34

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280 × member ratings

561 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Yellow Spot 12-year-old

54 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.70 points

  1. PEATYBOI scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Extremely fruity on the nose. With time, vanilla, coconut, whip cream, and toffee develops.

    On the palate, loads of vanilla, milk chocolate, tiramisu, coffee beans. The palate does not match the nose.

    The finish is medium with lingering butterscotch and espresso acidity.

  2. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Indulgent, opulent, silky and rich, this is Irish whiskey nearing perfection. In direct comparison to its younger sibling (Green Spot), the twelve-year-old expression has more wood influence, more spices, more "dark" aromatics, and more depth and intensity. Conversely, it boasts less "bright", youthful fruitiness. Green Spot's signature tropical fruit notes have receded into the background and given way to surprising levels of mellow maturity. Actually, if I were to have this blind, I'd deem this older than its stated twelve years of age - it noses more like a fifteen to sixteen-year-old whiskey.
    I can't for the life of me make out a specific Malaga influence here, apart perhaps from a winey note in the far distance, which I would've attributed to regular sherry casks if I hadn't known any different.
    All in all, this is an obvious and delightful upgrade of Midleton's seven to eight-year-old modern classic, the Green Spot, and is well worth the premium it requires to purchase a bottle, IF (and that's a big "if") you cherish dark, woody, cask-heavy flavors over spirit-driven florals and fruitiness. I for one, definitely prefer this older version. No flaws whatsoever. In one word: immaculate.

  3. Izzino scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Absolutely stunning single pot still whiskey. Very complex

  4. wisekycourse scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    fruity sweetness, greasy feeling of malt!
    Reminds me some M Couvreur for the sweet side, sherry (bottle open half), I have better returns than a sample!
    Grapes, vanilla, a little sweet candy, sugar, nutmeg and a little grassy back, almonds and chocolate in return!
    it's simple, though, monolithic, but intense!

  5. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The nose is overall fruity but it is slow to reveal itself and is much less appetizing than the Green Spot. The palate is very fruity, especially yellow fruits (exotic fruits?). The bourbon barrels are revealed in the mouth late but with authority! But where are the sherry casks? Perhaps in this note woody but too green for a 12 years and that leaves a hint of aggressiveness with each sip and prevents the roundness expected (too much?) To settle. An exceptionally long final centered on a fruit in particular that I can not yet identify. I stay a little on my hunger. I stay on the Green Spot even though both whiskeys have little in common - surprisingly enough.

    Enthusiasm 3/5

  6. volker40sw scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 05-27-2020.

  7. KyotoLefty scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Appearance: Lovely deep golden orange.

    Nose: Banana comes out big, cinnamon, cookies, honey, vanilla, wood spice, melon.

    Palate: Full and rich with honey and cinnamon, vanilla, cake, oily and smooth.

    Finish: Long and lovely spice and honey.

    With Water: Opens it up very nicely. Bitter with a drop added.

    Overall: Fantastic depth and complexity and overall very delicious.

  8. Halkyon scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  9. Shining_Bright scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Really good - my 2nd bottle, but somehow the spirit struggles to come through so much as my earlier bottle (2018?).

    I'm hoping it improves as the level goes down in the bottle. Definitely much better than green-spot which to my taste is over-rated & far too young
    • Nose
      88 88
      Richly spicy coconut oak - gorse flowers. caramalised pineapple.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Exceptionally rounded, less peachy than my last bottle but the yellow fruits are still there. Enough bite to keep things interesting.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium, fades to slightly sour/ bitter.

  10. erikz scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Had a sample of this.

    Irish delight. Soft, sweet, fruity and fatty although the finish is light. Big fruit basket with honey, vanilla and caramels. Didn't expect this with the fatty mouthfeel. Not too complex, needs the 46%. Definitely distillate from the Midleton stills, shines through. Compared this side to side with a Midleton very rare (2017) and it can almost keep up with it quite nicely, although the Midleton has way more complexity to it.

    Need a bottle, this is a great daily dram.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

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