Kilbeggan 18 year old, 40%

Price: $130 Issue: Summer 2011 Reviewer: Dominic Roskrow

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.