Nose: Clean and fresh, with hints of citrous, honey sweetness and toffee.
Taste: Smooth and silky with malt grains and a pleasant maltiness.
Finish: Medium length with a light coffee woodiness.
A double distilled blended whiskey, Kilbeggan manages to be both complex and approachable at the same time, making it the ideal introduction for those exploring the world of Irish whiskey. Kilbeggan is the flagship whiskey in the flagship brand of the Kilbeggan whiskey company (formerly the Cooley Distillery).
The malt whiskey in the bottle comes from the famous 180 year old pot still in use at Kilbeggan, with the grain whiskey coming from the Cooley distillery. The whiskey is then matured in ex-bourbon barrels before being blended together (the usual age will be 7-10 years). The winner of many awards, including silver and gold medals at the San Francisco in 2010, 2011 and 2012, this whiskey is testament to the sheer variety of whiskey there is in Ireland, as unlike most Irish whiskeys, Kilbeggan is double distilled rather than triple distilled.
Ultimate Spirits Challenge: 94 Points 2017, 92 Points 2018
San Francisco World Spirits Competition: Gold Medal 2012
San Francisco World Spirits Competition: Silver Medal 2010, 2011
International Wine and Spirits competition: Silver Medal 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016
Kilbeggan is the oldest licensed distillery still working in Ireland today (the buildings are older than those at Bushmills, although the Bushmills site and license are undoubtedly older). It was started by Matthias McManus in 1757 on the banks of the river Brosna, Co Westmeath, and remained in the McManus family until Matthias’ son John, who was then the distillery manager was executed by the British in 1798 for his part in the United Irishmen rebellion.The distillery was bought over by John Locke in 1843 and it remained in the Locke family until closing down in 1957 due to the harsh economic climate which almost brought the Irish whiskey industry to it’s knees. The building fell into disrepair, until 25 years later, the Kilbeggan community began a restoration project and opened the distillery as a museum.The building was finally bought by the Cooley distillery, and production began again in 2007, the 250th anniversary of the distillery.
One of the 2 copper pot still used in the Kilbeggan distillery is the oldest in the world still being used in production today, so it’s fair to say that when you’re taking a sip of Kilbeggan whiskey, there’s 250 years of Irish history in your glass!The whiskey which takes its name from the venerable distillery is, surprise surprise, called Kilbeggan. As there are several varieties that pre-date the re-opening of the distillery, it can’t really be said that all the whiskey comes from the famous place, and in fact, most of the whiskey used in the Kilbeggan brand comes from the Cooley distillery. Never-the-less, it’s a whiskey of outstanding quality and definitely worth trying.
Producer Kilbeggan Distilling Company Style Blend of Single Malt and Single Grain Age No Age Statement Volume 70CL ABV 40%