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Drink Review: Kilbeggan Traditional Irish Whiskey

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 Irish Whiskey Review:

 

Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey is quite sweet and full of flavours from the malted barley. This Irish whiskey has an aroma of sweet whiskies such as heavy Scottish malt, pale malt, honey and fruit notes.

These flavors seem strong in the aroma which is followed by a smooth mouth feel with a slight burn of low alcohol. The whiskey has a warming and gentle flavor from the sweet malt with hints of fruit, especially apricot. There is a slight smokiness in the finish which gives the whiskey a milky, faintly coffee hint.

Overall, this is a medium strength and sweetly flavoured Irish Whiskey. The Kilbeggan blended Irish whiskey is low on the acid content for a typical blend Irish whiskey. It is a good mix of malt and lighter flavors with a medium to upper range burn. It is an interesting introduction to the Cooley Distillery from the blended whiskey category.

Taste and finish:

Nose: Sweet, slightly smoky and slight fruit tones followed by clear and warming.

Sweet, slightly smoky and slight fruit tones followed by clear and warming. Palate: Minty and sweet with a slight smokiness and some toffee and fruit tones.

Minty and sweet with a slight smokiness and some toffee and fruit tones. Finish: Smooth mouth feel and a slight tang and mild burn.

Verdict:

A good introduction to the Cooley Irish whiskey line. Enjoy!

Drink it with: Foods: Smoked salmon, sushi or smoked meats!

Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey Review 1: 

Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey has an aroma of malty sweetness with some hints of orange peel and maybe even vanilla and brown sugar.

The Irish whiskey has a warm and slightly dry flavor complemented by the vanilla and hints of brown sugar. There’s also a hint of citrus-y notes which give this Irish whiskey a slight bitterness that fades into the background. This Irish whiskey is a pleasing and soft whisky with the malty sweetness of low ABV and the sweetness of bourbon aged in wood.

Overall, it is a satisfying whiskey in terms of how it mixes the flavors and delivers bitterness and some fruitiness. The overall balance of the whiskey is good and the bourbon, at least one of the casks, has a nice malty smoke. It is a good Irish whiskey to keep in a liquor cabinet for those winter evenings and it is a good change from Irish whiskies like Bushmills and Jameson.

Taste and finish:

Nose: Sweet malt and lactose along with orange and vanilla notes and some smokiness.

Sweet malt and lactose along with orange and vanilla notes and some smokiness. Palate: Semi-smooth mouth feel with this peaty-smoky flavor that fades into the background.

Semi-smooth mouth feel with this peaty-smoky flavor that fades into the background. Finish: Peat flavor plays a small part but fades into the background of this pleasant Irish whiskey.

Verdict:

A decent introduction to blends, not as good as the Bushmills and not as good as the Jameson. This Irish whiskey mixes the flavors and the sweetness of bourbon with the lower alcohol of a blend. It isn’t as good as the Bushmills, Jameson or Tullamore dew, but it is quite good and very drinkable. enjoy!

Taste and finish:

Taste: This Mellow Irish whiskey has a smooth and malty flavor and an effect of sweet peatiness when it is breathed upon.

Finish: The watercot scent fades from the palate and leaves the mouth with a sweet-piney after-taste. Overall: A good Irish Whiskey.

Drink it with:

Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey is a good whiskey to mix with foods with a slight peat or sweeter flavors. This Irish whiskey does not have the peatiness of the Bushmills or Jameson Irish whiskey, but it does have a slight smoky flavor especially after tasting it on the tongue. It is a perfect Holiday Whiskey that will please the scotch and whiskey aficionados with a strong desire for sweetness.

Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey Review 2: 

Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey has an aroma of malted barley with some whiskey notes of wood and caramel. This Irish whiskey has a warm and sweet taste with some malt and caramel notes. It has the taste of thick vanilla syrup and sugar baked into the Irish whiskey. There are some faint notes of brown sugar and a hint of caramel.

There is a heavy whiskey that is full of lactose, vanilla and wood. This Irish whiskey has a warm, unrefined taste with a dash of sweetness and hints of that thick, syrupy taste. It is a bit of an acquired taste because of the sweeter and brown sugar flavor but it is quite smooth and pleasant if you take the time to get to know it.

Overall, this is a solid, if not slightly too sweet Irish whiskey which some will like and some will not. If you are like most and you like Irish whiskey, you might find this to be a good hangover cure. It is an acquired taste for sure.

Written by Mark Adams

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