Kilbeggan Single Grain /43%/ –
Kilbeggan, founded 1757, is a serious contender to “the oldest Irish distillery” contest. The distillery went silent in 1953 and resumed production over half a century later under the Teeling family ownership. Today Kilbeggan is part of Beam Suntory and produces around 80,000 liters of malt spirit per annum. Kilbeggan single grain was introduced in the summer of 2017. The whisky has been distilled in column still from mash of 94% corn and 6% malted barley in Colley Distillery, aged in white American oak barrels and finished in a “marriage of ex-bourbon and various fortified wine casks”. The name “Kilbeggan” relates to St. Bécán, one of the 12 Apostles in Ireland, who founded a monastery in the area in the 6th Century.
Nose: vanilla custard, caramel, coconut flakes, lemon peel, sponge cake, touch of summer berries and hay.
Palate: smooth, buttered toast, vanilla, breakfast cereals, walnuts, red currants, hints of cinnamon and nutmeg and subtle oaky dryness.
Finish: medium long, with notes of vanilla, lemon peel, mixed berries and oak spice.