A living relic of the days of the whiskey bonders
A Documentary by Peter Mulryan
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In 1805, William Mitchell purchased no.10 Grafton Street and set up a bakery and confectionary business.
In 1887, Robert Mitchell, a gentleman of not inconsiderable business acumen, expanded the business into whiskey bonding, moving shortly thereafter to new premises around the corner to No.21 Kildare Street. The family first commenced retailing the venerable Green Spot whiskey in 1933 at which time one could purchase "John Jameson & Son 10 Year Old Green Seal @ 180/-per dozen"
Bonders supreme and gentlemen too
When the Mitchell Family entered the whiskey bonding business in 1887, it was at the peak of the Victorian whiskey boom and pot still Irish whiskey was at its summit.
There was an insatiable demand for the consistently flavoursome Irish whiskey and the numerous Irish distilleries were at maximum capacity. As was the norm for that time in Ireland, there were hundreds of merchants involved in the bonding trade - purchasing new make whiskey spirit under bond (i.e. excise tax was not payable) and maturing it
themselves before bottling it for sale. As a result, there was an abundance of whiskeys available on the market, many carrying the same Distiller's name, and differentiated only by the name of the bonder and bottler. Due to the suspect practices of certain bonders, the quality varied significantly, and in time, distillers began to bottle their own whiskeys, thereby guaranteeing the quality of the final bottled whiskey. Thus, the practice of selling whiskey to bonders died out and with that, so did most of the bonder whiskey brands.
Family tradition of creating the whiskey of choice
A genuinely family concern, the Mitchell family involvement with fine wines and spirits started with William Mitchell decided to quit his steady employment in England and seek greater fortune on the Isle of Ireland. Soon after the journey, William purchased an exceedingly fine premises on Dublin’s Grafton Street and opened his own bakery and confectionery business.
It was from here that the wine business began even if in a slightly fortuitous fashion.
As the premises became the refreshment of choice for, amongst others, Dublin’s genteel ladies, demand unofficially grew for our “Sympathetic Tipple”; a measure of Port served in a tea cup which permited ladies to indulge in a tipple while at the same time maintaining their decorum! A crafty little number don’t you think!
Design & Packaging - Green Spot
San Francisco World Spirits Competition (Silver)
Irish Whiskey Masters (Silver)
Design & Packaging - Green Spot
Green Spot is a non age statement Single Pot Still Irish whiskey and is comprised of Pot Still whiskeys aged between 7 and 10 years. The whiskey has matured in a combination of new bourbon and refill bourbon casks as well as sherry casks.
Only small quantities of Green Spot are bottled each year. No real reason why. Drink some more and we'll bottle more.
Fresh aromatic oils and spices with orchard fruits and barley on a background of toasted wood.
Full spicy body. A hint of cloves along with the fruity sweetness of green apples, rounded off with toasted oak.
Lingering flavours of spices and barley.