Rich golden yellow in colour, with a punchy nose and an immediate impact. There is a distinct sweetness with lots of vanilla, some honey and malty cereals. These are countered by further aromas of dried grass and wood spices (think - freshly sawn oak and cinnamon). Very spicy and gripping on the palate, with a combination of bittersweet cereals, cinnamon, nutmeg and oak shavings notes, before softening in the mouth and becoming a little creamier. The mouth-feel is almost oily, with notes of vanilla, honey and milk chocolate. Underneath are dried grass, almost hay-like notes from the nose and a distinct citric tang - lemon zest and bitter orange. The finish is packed with wood spices and feels quite dry and mouth watering. This oaky, woody spiciness leaves a lasting impression and makes you want to take another sip. YELLOW SPOT whiskey gets its name from the coloured spots which were traditionally painted on the end of the maturation casks during storage by Mitchell & Son. This denoted the age of the casks, with other ages in the range having different coloured spots - yellow denoted 12 years old.
The Yellow Spot whiskey, aged for 12 years in bourbon, sherry and Spanish Malaga wine casks takes some sweetness from the Spanish wine. Whiskey Advocate named Yellow Spot "Irish Whiskey of the Year" in 2012.