The Mitchell Story
The story of the Mitchell family begins in 1805 when William Mitchell arrived in Dublin seeking his fortune. His eye caught by an exceedingly fine premises on Grafton Street, a deal was done and it wasn’t long before the entrepreneurial Mr. M was selling tea, port and cakes to the great and the good of Dublin city, including its most refined ladies. Hungry for more success, in 1887 and now trading as Mitchell & Son, the family bought a second Dublin property, 21 Kildare Street, and went into the whiskey bonding business. Whiskey bonders filled their own casks with spirit from their local distilleries and sold it under their own brand name.
The Mitchell’s brand was originally known as Pat Whiskey but in time would become Green Spot. Though whiskey bonding eventually died out, Green Spot lives on to this day, its longevity, not to mention its enduring excellence, earning it a unique and special place in the history of Irish whiskey distilling.
Today, Green Spot is made from 7 to 10 year old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey, matured and bottled at our Midleton Distillery. And it is this survivor that we have chosen to craft Green Spot Château Léoville Barton. Which brings us on to the second of our stories...
The Wine Geese & Château Léoville Barton
Our second story begins with Ireland’s so-called ‘Wine Geese’. Their name was inspired by the ‘Wild Geese’- soldiers who left Ireland to fight in the armies of continental Europe in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. But the ‘Wine Geese’ made wine not war and, migrating to all four corners of the globe, they established and nurtured wineries whose produce would one day be amongst the most revered in the world. Wines like Château Léoville Barton. Château Léoville Barton comes from the very heart of the Saint Julien appellation in Bordeaux, one of the best winemaking regions in the world. The seeds of its success were sown in the late 1700s by Fermanagh man, Thomas Barton - also known as French Tom - and it is Thomas’s descendant, Anthony Barton, who today tends to the historic vineyards, making sure that, from grape to glass, elegance and finesse continue to define Château Léoville Barton. Just as they have for centuries.
- Green spot to a new level of enjoyment Review by AJ
- This new green spot has taken a great Irish whisky to a whole new level of smoothness and flavor. This is a must have for any person loving Irish Whisky. A drop of water or a cube of ice just makes this whisky come alive with fruity flavor and hints of oak and vanilla. A true enjoyment from the first sip to the last. (Posted on 20/07/2015)