The 14yo is different as well as it is a vatting or blend of bourbon barrel finished single malt and malt finished in sherry "infused" barrels and no doubt a bit lighter as a result. Not the same as the 16 or 17.
And it is hard for Green Spot, as nice as it is, to make up for having only about half the age of the KC, no matter what the mashbill is. It is going to be different.
That yella whiskey runnin' down my throat like honey dew vine water and I took another slash…
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Powers John Lane, Redbreast 12 CS, Green Spot and Yellow Spot have all been in solid rotation since St. Patrick's Day. All superb in their own ways.
"I distrust a man who says 'when.' He's got to be careful not to drink too much, because he's not to be trusted when he does." Sydney Greenstreet
For our March meeting we poured Irish and had some members with Irish heritage educate us on the history a little bit. The lineup was Knappogue Castle 12, Middleton very rare 2013, Bushmills 10, Jameson black barrel, redbreast 12 CS, and Connemara. I had tried all but the KC12 and Black Barrel before. Middleton is pretty severely over priced/underwhelming to my preference. Favorite without much surprise was the redbreast, but I enjoyed the Bushmills much more than I remembered.
Maybe I'm not an Irish whiskey fan because I have generally disliked all Irish blends as they taste like wet cardboard. Then again, I only drink it when on an expense account with customers so I've only had the standard offerings at your average Irish bar. I opened my bottle of Green Spot last night and it was actually good, definitely better than any of the normal stuff I've tried like Bushmills (10, 16, 21) and Jameson (standard, 12, 18, rarest). I'll keep drinking GS.
Can't wait to try the Green Spot, have been enjoying some Clontarf 1014.
kaiserhog are you speaking of the Clontarf 1014 Classic Blend or the Single Malt? I've only been able to find the Blend and I find it to be an acceptable alternative to Bushmills Original for the price.