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April / May 2015

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78 { THE SOMM JOURNAL } APRIL/MAY 2015 { fine spirits } There are colors other than amber and brooding brown sitting among the 1,500 or so bottles of Brandy Library's formidable whiskey and Cognac collection in Manhattan's Tribeca neighbor- hood—specifically, a Green Spot, a Yellow Spot, a Redbreast, a Black Barrel, a Gold Reserve. And, soon enough, there will exist even more lovely hues to lin- ger on your palate, thanks to former Midleton Master Distiller Barry Crocket, as well as the MD before him—his dad, Max. Since the late aughts, Pernod-Ricard has been the owner of Midleton Distillery in County Cork, and thus steward of its myriad high-quality brands, including great Irish whiskeys such as Jameson, Redbreast, Powers and the newly re-launched Green and Yellow Spots, as well as the distillery's namesake, Midleton. It's all part of Pernod Ricard's mission to bring traditional triple- distilled, single pot-still Irish whiskey back to the fore, while rediscov- ering some old, nearly lost labels along the way. "Barry really believed in pot stills. And his father was the same," said Pernod-Ricard USA Irish Whiskey Ambassador Ciarán O'Donovan. "They put down stocks of pot still whiskey in various types of casks, believing that the pot still would come back in its purist form." A EIRE GOLDEN AGE PERNOD RICARD'S IRISH WHISKEY PORTFOLIO PROVES THAT THE POT STILL IS MIGHTIER THAN THE PAST BY AMY ZAVATTO / PHOTOS BY DOUG YOUNG A trio of Pernod Ricard's Irish whiskeys at Brandy Library: Yellow Spot, Green Spot and Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve.

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