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Review: Kilbeggan 18 year old

May 30th, 2011

Kilbeggan 18 year old, 40%, $130

Kilbeggan, once overshadowed by its stable-mates, is the rising star in the Cooley repertoire; an active distillery once more and capable of thoroughbred gems like this. This isn’t your typical Irish whiskey at all, so be warned.  Sure there are lashings of soft caramel, peach crumble, and vanilla up front, but then the wood takes over and big waves of tannin and chili pepper kick in. It’s 40% ABV but it delivers a much harder punch. Limited edition release. –Dominic Roskrow

Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 90

7 Responses to “Review: Kilbeggan 18 year old”

  1. snakeman says:

    I have the 15yo Kilbeggan, and like it so much.

    So is Cooley planning on send any of this across the pond to the Irish whiskey lovers in the US?

  2. Texas says:

    Wow, sure doesn’t sound Irish!

  3. JC Skinner says:

    I enjoyed this at the Kilbeggan distillery recently. I think it certainly has the edge on the 15 yo it replaces.

    • John Hansell says:

      I really like this whiskey too! I think Dominic’s rating is around where I would peg it. It’s definitely 90+ material…

      • JC Skinner says:

        The 18 year old really blows the 15 year old away. The extra few years in wood really do it justice. I’m wondering now at what age Cooley spirit peaks – the Connemara, Tyrconnell and Kilbeggan are all getting better and better as they approach the late teens.

  4. mongo says:

    no one thinks this looks like a bottle of cheap aftershave?

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