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Review: Kilbeggan 15 year old

June 14th, 2008

The new Kilbeggan 15 yr. old blend will also be getting in its way to circulation in August in the U.S. I have a review sample and have already tasted it. My review is below, which will appear in the next issue of Malt Advocate, due out in a few weeks. In short: a decent whiskey, but the extra oak on the finish takes away from what would have been a really good Irish blend.

79 Kilbeggan, 15 year old, 40%, $100
Cooley distillery’s oldest blend to date. Packaged in what looks like a very large perfume bottle. Elegant and creamy on the nose, with vanilla, coconut, grass, and suggestions of bourbon. Similar on the palate, but more reserved. Becoming dry on the finish with lingering charred oak. I think the slightly austere oaky finish detracts from what otherwise would be a very nice blend. The best part of this whiskey is the nose.

2 Responses to “Review: Kilbeggan 15 year old”

  1. Charles says:

    Do you know where this can be purchased in the U.S.?

  2. John Hansell says:

    I can only recommend you consult your local specialty retailer, some time after August.

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