Kilbeggan Traditional Whiskey

The lights are on but no one's home


I am well aware that the Kilbeggan you’ll find in stores today is made at the Cooley Distillery as the first batches of the old reopened distillery haven't come of age yet. But it was only after buying this bottle that I found out that it is also just a single blend and not a single malt. In my opinion the whole labelling is deceptive: proudly displaying a picture of the old Kilbeggan distillery and bearing its name, but no clear reference to where it was actually made or what type of whiskey it is.

kilbegganDescription: single blend Cooley whiskey, official bottling at 40% ABV.

Nose: smooth as expected, clean, fresh… eeuhm hello anyone home? Well I can report some faint notes of hazelnut and whole wheat bread, but in all honesty I am not getting much else here.

Mouth: smooth once again with a thick oily texture but a watery palate. A bouquet of caramel, honey, soft smoke and a sniff of white pepper….

Finish: short and a bit drying, caramel and soft vanilla in the tail.

The Verdict: drinks like lemonade, does this even contain alcohol, barkeep? Just kidding but in all seriousness does this whiskey even try to be anything more than just acceptable? Watery and lacking overall in flavour…

Score: 73

Nose: 16

Taste: 18
Finish: 19 Balance: 20
   < 75: undrinkable, avoid at all costs
75-79: acceptable, give it a try but don't spend to much money on it
80-84: average, enjoyable whiskies mostly easy sippable entry-level single malt 
85-89: above average drams, often well aged expressions, open your wallet
90-94: excellence, sorry kids no x-mas presents this year, daddy needs this bottle
95-99: divinity, call your bank manager for another mortgage on your house