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Yellow Spot 12 Year Old

(70cl, 46%)

Yellow Spot 12 Year Old

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Yellow Spot 12 Year Old Bottling Note

This is the second addition to the 'Spot' range of Irish whiskeys, which contains the famous Green Spot Pot Still Whiskey. The Yellow Spot is a single pot still Irish whiskey which has been matured in three types of cask: American bourbon cask, Spanish Sherry butts and Spanish Malaga casks for a sweeter flavour.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: There are masses of fleshy stone fruit on the nose, especially peach and apricot with hints of sherried dried fruit and Bourbon cask vanilla.

Palate: The palate is equally fruity with a substantial body and a velvety texture.

Finish: The finish is long and sweet with notes of marzipan and dried apricots.

Overall: This is very different to the Green Spot we all know and love with a delicious sweetness to it and a firmer body.

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Yellow Spot 12 Year Old Reviews

Top Quality Pot Still

This is a top quality pot still and a consistent Top 10 Irish Whiskey
Smooth, mellow, sophisticated, easy to drink and easy to savour - totally delicious
A "must have" in your cabinet at all times

25th May 2020

Very good whiskey...a little expensive

FAntastic irish whiskey, great flavours not very long at the end. Delicious sweetness. Expesive

19th May 2020

Excellent. Is for sale in the USA

Great stuff. Buy it at Total Wine.

14th November 2019

Vanilla toffee joy

This is my favourite Irish whisky with banana vanilla toffee flavours and bright zesty cut grass nose

27th September 2019

Zesty banana joy

A favourite.
Zesty banana vanilla toffee. Bright refreshing. Moresh

27th September 2019

Very easy drinking whiskey...beware

Stunning...different everyday beautiful depth of sweetness and spices can't stop drinking it tbh

2nd August 2019

Single Pot Still

The taste of this whiskey is worthy of five stars. However, in my opinion, there is nothing to justify the premium that you pay for this over Powers John’s Lane 12 or Rebbreast 12. Powers JL 12 is my favourite of the three and Redbreast 12 offers the best value for the money. If you love this style of whiskey and haven’t had this, I guess you owe it to yourself to give this a try. If you’re just curious, start with the Redbreast. For what it’s worth I paid $84 for this. Where I live the Powers goes for $60 and the Redbreast $48. Green Spot goes for $54.

16th March 2019

Perfect. Balanced and subtle.

Not as dramatic as NAS Green Spot, tamed. Probably the most subtle and delicate Single Pot Stills out there. Sweet, and the spicy kick is gentle but long, oposite to Green Spot's sharper but shorter peppery kick. Too easy to drink, it will finish quickly so you've been warned.

27th January 2019


Absolutley awesome

11th January 2019


One of the most flavour filled and smooth Whiskeys I have tasted

30th November 2018

Nice, rounded, maybe a bit overpriced

Duke of York, Belfast.

Happy with my choice. Plays in the same league as Redbreast and Jhon's Lane.

2nd October 2018

Nice and rounded, a bit overpriced maybe.

Belfast, Duke of York. Happy with my choice. It plays on the same league as Redbreast 12 and Powers Jhon Lane. Willing to try Green Spot.

2nd October 2018


Don't be put off by the fact that there is a sales video, and marketing twat interns use words like 'Wicked' and 'Amazeballs' and of course my pet hate 'Smooth'.

Yes it costs around £10 too much (that's 'cos they have to pay the marketing budget) but actually this is a very fine whiskey, definitely worth getting your hands on a bottle. Peaches, golden plums, nice cask balance.

6th September 2018

Wicked amazing Irish whiskey

Absolutely amazing. Go buy this now and rejoice in the fact you drank one amazeballs Irish whiskey.

18th June 2018


Now 2/3 into the bottle, it has mellowed and improved - and yes the MOM notes are pretty accurate - peaches, apricot, sultanas, sun baked stone. This really is all about the cask influence. If you see a bottle - get it.

16th June 2018

Calvados Whiskey?

More similarities to an aged farmyard Calvados than a Speysider - and despite all the reviews below that highlight 'smooth' - it actually has quite a bite and is tricky to get the right balance with water. Not sure it justifies the price tag.

The various casks tend to dominate - which will please those brought up on 1st fill bourbon barrel spirits. Personally I'm more interested in the whiskey which seems to be quite subtle and shy.

Definitely interesting, I'm going to enjoy getting to know this one.

24th May 2018

Smoothers than any whiskey I’ve tried.

Try Green Spot first and when you think it can’t get any better, have a Yellow Spot.... Heavenly.

11th April 2018

As good as any whiskey - among the best few Irish Whiskeys

There is no better Irish Whiskey. Recently bought 1o Irish whiskeys and have been testing two or three side by side at a sitting. There is no question that yellow spot, Red Breast 21, Red Breast Lustau, Powers Lane hold more than just a candle up to the finest aged scotch single malt “glens.” Of all of these, I think Yellow Spot is most like, say, a Speyside 18 year old GlenX aged in sherry. I’m a big sherry malt whiskey long-aged lover, so maybe I’m biased. But If you have a friend who is a die hard aged single malt lover, pour him a wee glass of Yellow Spot and see if he doesn’t add Ireland to his perspective.

7th April 2018

What a taste

Amazingly smooth, great work!!

28th March 2018

Very nice, smooth, fruity whiskey.

Accurate description here. Smooth and fruits.

10th February 2018

Great whisky

Very smooth reminds me of Texas summer.The nose of peaches from my peach trees. Very pleasant and and smooth great body. The finish is light and has a hint of light carmal and fruit.

18th December 2017

This and Rebreast 12 cask are the two best whiskies I have ever tasted.

Deep, rich, complex, honey, wood, lingering.
St. Thomas Aquinas 6th proof for the existence of God.

12th November 2017


It's fantastically smooth and soft to the palate. Pretty mild- and this coming from a non whiskey drinker is amazing

11th November 2017

Really good, smooth as silk and superb taste....

Really good, smooth as silk and superb taste..... Tony Brazao

8th November 2017

Liquid Gold!

Smooth, silky,rich full mouth. Liquid Gold!

27th October 2017

The best

Pound for pound the best whiskey on the planet.

6th September 2017


I am clearly not as sophisticated in my appreciation of liquor as some of the other contributors, so I will keep this simple. This is the best liquor I have ever had.

10th June 2017

Worth the $

Lots of grapes!Delicious

16th April 2017

It's a hit!

Having bought and drank the Redbreast 12, 15 and 21 year offerings I decided to give Yellow Spot a try. In my opinion it gives the Redbreast a run for their money. Very complex taste that does have a sweeter lingering after with notes of chocolate, vanilla and apricots. It's so good I'll try to always have some in stock.

16th April 2017

Top drawer

Never get tired of this one

16th March 2017


Yellow Spot was a big hit at a wedding I attended have been saving it for the right occasion, had the crowd wanting for more.

2nd November 2016

Yellow spot and it's comparison to Green spot

I don't know how anyone can say that this is the same as the green spot. I had a comparative tasting
They nose quite differently. Green is much richer strong in marzipan and grain notes fresh mown grass maybe  touches of caramel of course. The yellow is more subdued much sweeter smell. Caramel is stronger notes of spices roasted nuts, fruit but apple or melon

Toasted oak slight caramel. I'm coming back to freshly mown grass and apples
The finish is long and strong of barley and malt
Much creamier, very sweet toffee apples coat the mouth the oak is far more subdued
Finish is long with oak initially several minutes later apple barley and grape raise their heads

24th October 2016

Yellow Spot 12 Year Old

Yes, that one hits the spot. A very smooth, though very potent whickey. Very enjoyable, though not inexpensive. Its one that you dont leave in view in the cabinet !

27th May 2016

Green or Yellow?

I also bought both. Green is typical, basic Irish Whiskey - which is to say very delightful. So I tasted tested both, side by side. I'd have to agree with the previous post, not a huge difference between the two. But, you have to understand that Yellow is Green. Green is aged longer, and in the Spanish Sherry butts, and the Malaga casks...which does impart additional, if not subtle, flavors. But, subtle is good. You don't want overwhelming. But, $45 or so for Green, and $95 or so for Yellow...not sure it's worth the extra $50.....but, still very delightful. Yum. Enjoy.

21st May 2016

Same as green spot.

Bought a bottle of each. No difference. Not happy.

2nd April 2016

Flawless. An absolute delight.

An unequivocal 10 out of 10. If I were to be able to drink only one whisk(e)y for the rest of my life, I think I would choose Yellow Spot, from those that are readily available. It is simply beautiful to consume and savour.

I have always loved Powers John's Lane and Green Spot, together with the various Redbreast expressions. But in my view Yellow Spot is primus inter pares.

4th December 2015

The Irish show the way

I have been a single malt scotch drinker for more years than I like to admit, but on a recent trip to Ireland (Galway), I discovered this whiskey. In a word; stunning.

When you read 'sweetness' in the tasting notes, forget your preconceptions of some scotches. This has a sweetness that is also (and at the same time) quite strident. The fruitiness does linger, but not in a cloying way. This like the best of the borders scotch, but with a certain something unique that can only be described as...well, Irish.

30th November 2015


Very good whiskey.

3rd October 2015

David B

This is why I drink Irish whiskey Yellow Spot 12 says everything I want to say about perfection. I switch with Redbreast 12 and Powers but to sip Yellow Spot Neat is as good as it gets.

24th July 2015

Mr. McAleer

Just got a bottle of yellow spot as a gift from my daughter who recently returned from Ireland. Exceptionately good whiskey. This will not be my last bottle.

19th June 2015

Good but expensive

Like this but over priced in comparison to green spot

21st February 2015

Nothing like it the US

Got my first bottle in September 2012....the best in my collection! Just got my second today (August 2014) I will treasure this one even more. Now...bring on the Red Spot...I can only imagine what it would be. Yum!

15th August 2014

Wow, this is great stuff...

This has quickly become one of my favourite whiskys/ies. There's something reminiscent of a Balvenie 16yo single cask, but with much greater depth of flavour and complexity. Agree wholeheartedly with comment from 15th May 2013 that this comes across as a more mature single malt. I think the tasting notes above have it about right. It goes down easily even at bottle strength and I've found that adding a little water doesn't change the flavour too much, which is a good thing in this case, while bringing down the strength.

12th February 2014

A unique whiskey

A single malt the likes of which I have never
tasted. The richness and depth is such that you
would think it more than a 12yr old.

15th May 2013

John CP Meaney

A welcome resurrection of an old friend. This stuff is nectar. Slog siar é. Sláinte!

31st October 2012

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