A twisty irish bottle, not usually a good sign. A website with lots of videos and drink recipes is also never a good sign. Especially when I can’t *find* this bottle anywhere on their site. kilbegganwhiskey.com also doesn’t mention being the oldest distillery, which is something you’d think they’d mention a lot, since they say it on the bottle. Actually, if you zoom in on one of the bottles that isn’t this one, it says Ireland’s Oldest Licensed Distillery.
A little more digging shows that there was a lawsuit relating to this brand and a supplier, and that Kilbeggan isn’t actually distilled at the Kilbeggan Distillery, only aged there. It’s possible that as our bottle was at minimum 6 months old, many legal truths have reshaped the Kilbeggan marketing story since then. Who knows.
All this to say, here’s what we thought:
Dan – caramel & nail polish, fuzzy peach
Simon – old fridge, burnt sugar
Ryan – chemical, cherries, nail polish
Dan – word, light, sweet, fruit
Simon – sweet, relatively smooth despite burn
Ryan – not a lot of burn, light, non-descript
Dan – no burn, less sweet
Simon – nicely sweetRyan – n/a
Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey – 40% 700ml – $32.40 – Ireland
Try it? Yes! Buy it? Only if there’s no Bushmills.