Mitchell & Son - Wine and Spirits - Dublin
Mitchell and Son is a well known and well loved Dublin family business. They started business in 1805, selling tea, port and cakes to elegant ladies in Dublin’s famous Grafton Street. In 1887 they bought 21 Kildare Street and went into the wine and whiskey bonding business. Back then, the whisky world was ruled by Ireland and particularly by the big four Dublin distilleries famous for producing pure pot still whiskey. At this time in Ireland, many hundreds of whiskey bonders would fill their own casks with the spirit from their local distilleries and sell it under their own brand name.. Mitchell's brand was Green Spot and by the 1920’s Mitchells’ were annually putting aside 100 sherry hogsheads to be filled at Jameson’s Bow Street distillery. The whiskey bonding trade died out in the mid 1960’s and in the end only one brand remained - Green Spot Whiskey – which makes it a unique testament to the Irish whiskey distilling story.
The brand was originally known as Pat Whiskey, with a man looking very much the worse for wear apparently bursting through the label. Behind him was dark green shading. From this image grew the name Green Spot. The popularity of this type of whiskey spread to a seven year old Blue Spot, a Yellow Spot (12 Year Old) and Red Spot (15 Year Old).
When Jameson closed their Bow Street Distillery in the early 1970's, it was decided that Irish Distillers would produce, mature and bottle Green Spot whiskey for Mitchell's. The current Green Spot is made entirely from seven and eight year old Midleton pot still, a healthy 25% coming from sherry cask, which is quite evident in its aroma and taste. It is now known as a Single Pot Still whiskey (the new appelation for pure pot still whiskey), this style of whiskey which made Ireland famous in the 19th century and which is still only produced in this country.
In 2012, Irish Distillers and Mitchell's relaunched Yellow Spot Whiskey to instant critical acclaim. It is also a Single Pot Still Whiskey, aged 12 years plus, with the added distinction of being partly matured in Spanish Malaga wine casks. The influence of the Malaga casks and the extra ageing, sets Yellow Spot apart from its Green Spot sibling, with lots of depth and exotic notes to the whiskey.
The production of Green and Yellow Spot whiskeys is unfortunately limited, and most of it is sold in the home market, Mitchell’s shop being the purists' favourite place to purchase it. Mitchell's have now moved from Kildare Street and they can be found in the CHQ building in the I.F.S.C. Docklands in Dublin 1, as well as in Sandycove. The CHQ Building is a small very trendy shopping area next to the Jurys Inn Customs' House and Mitchell's new shop there is modern and very popular. They also sell many other excellent Irish whiskeys and are famous throughout Ireland today as a specialised wine importer. It has remained a very friendly and old fashioned family firm and we can’t think of a nicer place to buy your bottle of Green or Yellow Spot Whiskey.
Mitchell and Son - The CHQ building I.F.S.C. Docklands Dublin 1
Tel: (01) 01 612 5540
Fax: (01) 01 612 5535
Mitchell and Son - Glasthule, 54 Glasthule Road, Sandycove, Co Dublin.
Tel: (01) 2302301
Fax: (01) 2302305