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Overall rating
84.82/100
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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 5:41 pm
ColoredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 67,52

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Whisky Reviews for Yellow Spot 12-year-old

37 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.82 points

  1. 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

  2. midnite 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. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    Sweetness, apples, vanilla and caramel notes come during drinking this whiskey. It’s a smooth, easy to drink and has a good taste. I like it!

  4. markjedi1 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Nice Irish, but fairly expensive for what you get with its price tag of around 75 EUR.
    • Nose
      Grassy nose on heather, hay and honey with some nutmeg and loads of peach. Some caramel and quite some almonds. Banana and coconut. A hint of milk chocolate. Soft, approachable and pleasant, but most of all very Irish.
    • Taste
      It is oily and sweet, but a touch sharp at first sip. Again that grassy character with the yellow fruit, but also some cappuccino and green tea. Toffee apples? Milk chocolate returns.
    • Finish
      The medium long finish offers more milk chocolate, pepper and coconut.

  5. thijs100 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Big, bold, spicy. Exactly what I'd want from this style of whiskey.
    • Nose
      Apricots and ripe bananas, as well as a touch of cardboard. Some sweet grains and toffee too, followed by mild notes of milk chocolate and vibrant orange zest, with finally a whisper of aniseed.
    • Taste
      Creamy and rich, this has that classic Irish pot still profile, with some cough syrup, menthol, dried red fruits, and bitter oranges. Of course a good amount of spiciness also, mainly nutmeg, pepper and clove. Some almonds too. Big-bodied.
    • Finish
      Lingering spices, slightly herbal.

  6. RichardMayston scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Lovely nose of herbal teas, overripe apples, vanilla and bananas.
    • Taste
      Green grass, fruit mix, ice cream cherries, honey suckle, apricot sunflower, hint of licorice, sultanas toffee 
    • Finish
      sweet pinapples

  7. OnkelBiff scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  8. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    wonderful bourbon notes, sweet, refined and aromatic, nice sherry, perfectly balanced, elegant and perfectly sweet, then suddenly a weird funk hits you, annoying and persistent, it’s more deterring than complementary to the bourbon and sherry

  9. wisekycourse did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    what to say, compared to his little brother, he develops more flavors and does not have the same sweetness, but the multiple fruits felt are a plus undeniable!
    • Nose
      various fruits, exotic and also green (apple, pear), cinnamon, candies acidulated with this artificial side, then vanilla and quite fine woody, followed by malt almost to excess!
    • Taste
      same scents with a certain heaviness in mouth, little spicy, we feel the alcohol after a while!
    • Finish
      simple, but long enough on these aromas, the return of the acidulous candy remains in the bottom of the glass.
      malt, fruit, vanilla, sweet caramel and peppery spice. a very good basic dram scents question.

  10. mp3duck did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    A story of two halves: Pronounced sweet grains on the nose, well-balanced, deeper malts on the taste. Just as drinkable as its Green Spot cousin, but offering a very different Pot Still experience.

    For full tasting notes, visit https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/midleton/yellow-spot-12-year-old/

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