Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey Review

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In the town of Kilbeggan, Ireland sits one of the World’s oldest distillery. It dates back to 1757. After siting idle for over 50 years, Cooley Distillery (now Beam owned), began making whiskey in Kilbeggan once again. One of the 2 copper pot still used to make Kilbeggan is a 180 year old beauty from the Tullamore Dew Distillery.

They started distilling in Kilbeggan in 2010, so the whiskey we are drinking was made at the Cooley distillery. Can’t wait for the Kilbeggan bottling.

We recently attended a dinner in San Francisco featuring Kilbeggan as the featured ingredient. This whiskey makes a very fine sauce for lamb chops and an even better addition to a caramel (which was served over a Guinness Chocolate Cake!) pictures below…

Kilbeggan won a Gold Medal in 2012 at the San Francisco Spirits Competition and a silver in 2008.  It took Silver at the International Wine & Spirits Competition in 2011, 2010, 2008 and a bronze in 2009. 

Appearance: Clear medium plus Amber with viscus legs

Nose: Clean with medium matured notes of Kernel, Oak, Hay, Coffee, Milk chocolate and toffee and maybe some cloves.

Palate: Dry, balanced alcohol, medium body and flavor intensity with same notes on the nose. Medium length with a balanced finish of oak notes. 

Rating: Good.

Good simple entry level Irish Whiskey, but lacks the sweet and soft quality that is typical of Irish Whiskey.  Lover of bourbon will appreciate its fiery bite.

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A few pictures if the food, mmmmmm

Lamb Chops with a Kilbeggan reduction


Guinness Chocolate Cake with Kilbeggan Caramel Sauce






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