Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Pot Still
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
Bourbon Barrels, Sherry Butts & Malaga Casks
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Bottled for
Mitchell & Son
Added on
01 Jun 2012 5:34 pm

Average value

€ 73.42

69 × in wishlist

373 × member ratings

857 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Yellow Spot 12-year-old

68 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.06 points

  1. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Indulgent, opulent, silky and rich, this is teenaged 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. The signature tropical fruit notes have become waxier, oilier, and gained surprising levels of mellow maturity. Actually, if I were to have this blind, I'd deem this way older than its stated twelve years of age - it noses more like an at least sixteen-year-old malt. Lots of umami and soft rancio notes, surely imparted by the fortified wine casks.
    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. The thick, lush fruitiness next to this waxy, oily, syrupy side makes for a winning combination. It may seem slightly expensive for twelve years, but given what it has to offer, it's a bargain at any price below 60 €.

  2. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Fortunately, the first shock of cheese feet in the nose has (once again) turned out to be a chimera. A single pot still as it is in the book - and lucky that the spot range is so broad again after years (decades) of serving.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Now that's interesting: as with Yellow Spots from other years, I have an association with him with cheesy feet and unwashed sports clothes. A sip helps to eliminate this impression, but this phenomenon is strange ...
      So now spicy pot still notes, softened by the participating Malaga barrels, which together with the sherry barrels bring some fruit into the nose: apricots, peaches and light grapes. In addition, barrel wort, which is a little musty and musty, but becomes very tasty together with pepper and nutmeg.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Soft and very creamy start, which immediately makes you think of white coffee, toffee and chocolate cake - whereby the chocolate cake is powdered with a selection of spices that hardly leaves anything to be desired in pot still spices: pepper, clove powder, nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, Coriander. Subtly fruity, apricots and peaches in the background, then always pushing forward.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, still creamy, spicy, alternating between fine dry and sweet. Spices and fruit notes (here now also strawberry!) Have hooked up to say goodbye and sway a round together. Cocoa, nougat and marzipan at the end.

  3. 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.

  4. Izzino scored this whisky 95 points Connoisseur

    Absolutely stunning single pot still whiskey. Very complex

  5. 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!

  6. 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

  7. Apikalov scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. Dutchdram scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      I can smell a complexity of scents such as peaches and honey. A spicy scent of black pepper penetrates in between. Grassy tones and white grapes follow. An oily odor at the end.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Again an explosion of flavors. Delicious sweet flavors of honey and pineapple comes through immediately. We remain on the fruity side with red apples. After a few seconds black pepper and red chili peppers. At the end I taste sweet chocolate milk again.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long, dry and fruity. Nutmeg and barley keeps lingering for a long time.

  9. craide scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Great Irish guy who looks a bit older than he is. The aromas appear a little more intense. For me a very good example of a single pot still whiskey.
    • Nose
      87 87
      The first step is determined by the spicy pot still notes, the many intense fruit notes seem more ripe, almost overripe like a fruit compote or must. There is also oak and a nice spicy note of cinnamon and nutmeg. Apricots, peaches, cherries and some ripe bananas and pears. In the background, a slightly floral aroma of hay, grain and malt comes through. But that seems to be rather dusty and musty.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Soft, creamy start, intense woody barrel spice, a little vanilla and creme brule, the spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon and black pepper provide a nice, light, tingling spiciness with the spice. By no means alcoholic. On the palate, the fruitiness is only slightly reduced, but apricots, peaches and a little coconut are still present. Somewhat bitter chocolate / nougat and coffee come to the front from the background, mix in well and bring out the spices again.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The malt finishes off with a medium-long finish, spicy, fruity with vanilla and sweet, light honey.

  10. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A really decent whiskey. The aroma is nice and fruity, the taste is then more dominated by the oak.
    It doesn't necessarily have to be a large bottle for me, but you can try it again at some point.
    • Nose
      A mixture of exotic and yellow fruits. Lychee, dragon fruit, khaki, physalis and apricots. A certain reminder of a rum with a slightly dirty distillery character. Bitter almond flavor. Fudge. Some oatmeal. Maybe completely removes rancid butter.
    • Taste
      Pleasant, almost mild start. Butter cream. Beautiful sweetie. Not quite as fruity as it was on the nose. But then comes a decent, but pleasant seasoning. Oak tones and chocolate. Apricot peel. A couple of citrus fruits.
    • Finish
      Orange peel. Licorice. Tree bark.


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