Oisin Davis: Wine, whiskey and wisdom combine at Mitchell & Son

Jonathan and Robert Mitchell are the sixth and seventh generation respectively to run the renowned Dublin drinks business

Jonathan and Robert Mitchell: the father and son are the latest generation of Mitchells to run the family business. Picture: Fergal Phillips

If you’re familiar with the shops they’ve been running in Dublin for over 200 years and love their Spot whiskey range, the Mitchell clan need no introduction. But for everyone else, here’s a quick synopsis.

In 1805, William Mitchell, a northern Englishman, opened a cafe on Grafton Street where fine wines were served. In 1887 his grandson Robert, who was named after Robert Emmet, started a whiskey bonding business. He would take the wine barrels ...