Drink Review: Kilbeggan Blended Irish Whiskey

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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.

Kilbeggan Blended Irish Whiskey Review:

Color: Medium amber

Nose: Vanilla toffee, honey, and spice with moderate alcohol.

Palate: Vanilla, dark berries, pepper, oak, and brown sugar.

Finish: Medium-long pepper and oak.

Mixed: The Irish whiskey is excellent for cocktails and it comes through clear in mixed drinks. It mixes well with sparkling wine, butterscotch schnapps, Bailey’s Irish Creme, root beer, and chocolate liqueurs.

Add a dash of water to tame the alcohol bite and add a little more flavor.

Smoked Manhattan – 4 maraschino cherries, 2 dashes of Angostura bitters, 1 oz. Irish whiskey, 2 oz. bourbon, 1 tsp. honey, ice, and bitters. Add ice, whiskey, and bitters. Stir. Add cherries.

Whiskey and Coke – 2 oz. Irish whiskey, soda water, and ice. Add whiskey, ice, and soda.

Black Velvet – 11 fresh raspberries, 1 part Blended Irish Whiskey, 1 part Prosecco, and ice. Add raspberries and whiskey. Add ice cube and Prosecco.

Kilbeggan Blended Irish Whiskey Review:


Sweet, malty, and easy to drink with a very nice combination of spice and oak.

Great for mixed drinks.

Its softness is its greatest asset.


It doesn’t have the complexity, flavor, or history of premium single malts.

This is an excellent everyday whiskey. Fruity, light, and easy drinking, Kilbeggan is recommended for its smoothness, low price, and versatility.


Written by Mark Adams

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