Review: Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey (2009)


St. Patrick’s Day approaches… here’s more Irish whiskey reviews.

Kilbeggan is an awfully simple blended Irish whiskey, its claim to fame being that it comes from the “oldest licensed distillery in the world.”

It isn’t hard to drink, offering light sweetness and moderate wood character locked into a pale yellow spirit. There’s a touch of pepper on the finish, which doubles back with a sweet caramel kick before falling back to a charred wood fade-out. Balance here is iffy; the various flavors don’t really come together in a cohesive way. Still, the individual components are enjoyable enough, though at $17 a bottle, it’s hard to complain too much.

B- / $17 /

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  1. Wes Mallgren April 22, 2009 / 2:21 pm

    While Kilbeggan is quite delightful, I really prefer the Connemara from John Locke’s distillery. It’s peated malt creates a smooth, smokey flavor that is unique and warming. However, I have to say that the Locke’s distillery is quite amazing as a whole. I ventured there in mid February and had an amazing time and even got to meet the owner. Here’s some pics from the trip.

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