Kilbeggan is a blended Irish whiskey made at Cooley distillery in County Louth. Named after the distillery of the same name dating back to 1757, this is an elegant, sweet and malty blend.
In the glass, the Kilbeggan whiskey has a beautiful amber hue that is characteristic of Irish whiskey. I must admit it is not a color that I would usually look for in a whiskey, but it does open the eyes to flavors that you might not be used to experiencing. The aroma is rich and earthy, with a hint of sweet baked bread. You can also smell the oak char that has been used for aging the whiskey. The nose has a slight peatiness to it and a little bit of richness. This is also a bit reminiscent of some of the French VSOPs and OOP whiskeys I have tried. Whether the makers of Kilbeggan are purposely mimicking these drinks or not I can’t say, but it is an interesting aspect of this whiskey.
The taste of Kilbeggan is really something special. I believe it is a close cousin to some of the English blended whiskeys. It has a lot of body and a big flavor profile, with sweet fruit and oak notes on the front end. They add a bit of pepper to the sweetness and finish smooth and clean. You can really taste the oak that has been used to mature this whiskey. I find it to be a bit richer and more satisfying at the end of the drink than I did at the start.
It has a mouth feel that is rich and satisfying, with a nice full flavor. You can taste the oak and the peat, but it is also very smooth. I recommend it if you are looking for an Irish whiskey with a nice rich finish. It would also make a great talking and drinking whiskey. Drink it neat, or on the rocks, or with a bit of water and you will be pleased. I give Kilbeggana 9 out of 10.
Drink it neat. When mixed with soda it makes a great drinking whiskey. One of my favorite things to do with a bottle of Kilbeggan is to add a tad of honey and a few ice cubes and enjoy it on a hot summer day with a nice grassy water. It might sound strange, but you will be surprised at how different this drink is. Enjoy!
Kilbeggan is a blend of mature malted and grain whiskies matured in oak and a fruity flavour which develops after a few weeks.
Kilbeggan has a golden colour and the aroma is full and malty. The taste is soft and fruity (red fruit, raisins, freshly baked brown bread).
The aroma is enough to convince most people that they do not want to taste it (it is a blend), so I suggest that it should be drunk neat after a month or two in the bottle, to appreciate its full flavour
Heat rating: 8/10
To drink, I would recommend drinking it straight up with a big salted 2nd glass. It is insanely smooth, with a full flavor profile that is both complex and inviting. It has a very distinct, unique flavor. I would call this “warm vanilla” or like crème brulee with a smoky glass of Irish whiskey. It really has a very unique flavor. I could drink this whiskey on it’s own and be satisfied, but I like to drink a bit of water with it. I would recommend this whiskey for a mixed drink recipe using Irish whiskey. It is not something you want really drink chilled, but it is what I recommend mostly. It can also be enjoyed straight up. The fruit flavor is so delicious you will not be disappointed.
Mixed drinks. You must try at least one of these wonderful recipes. You won’t be disappointed. Whether you mix them with some sippin’ whiskey, or just a touch of brown, or mix the booze with a nice bottled soda you will enjoy the results far more than you will imagine.
This is a mystery, but I think it is a value. I prefer a touch of Connemara honey with my Irish whiskey. It provides a nice sweet balance to this delicious Irish whiskey. Corkmeister is a great brand that has many varieties of Irish whiskey. Click on the link here to learn more about Connemara honey. It’s very reasonably priced and can be purchased from the health food stores.
Kilbeggan whiskey is top quality, unique and well worth the price. The Connemara honey provides a nice floral touch. I recommend this Irish whiskey if you are looking for something different, something unique and a touch unique.