Kilbeggan Small Batch Rye

Overall rating
Distillery Bottling
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
01 Nov 2018 12:39 pm by WhiskyWeather

Average value

€ 41.06

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10 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Kilbeggan Small Batch Rye

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.50 points

  1. Archer scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Since 2010 Kilbeggan burns again. October / November 2018, the Small Batch Rye came out; so how old may he be, anything between 5 and 8 years old? Could get there.
    With his Rye share of about 30%, he occupies a special position among the Irish whiskeys. On the label are called as ingredients: rye, malt and barley. Malting barley, barley 'unmalted barley' is meant to mean 'painting' - the ingredients that make up a single pot still. At least 30% malted and 30% unmalted barley must contain a SPS, plus 5% or less of other cereals, so that single pot still may be mentioned on the label. With his 30% Rye he flies out of this category, but in terms of taste he is already clearly in that direction. And that was probably also the intention, the distillery wanted to fill a whiskey, as he was in Ireland before 1900 more often in the bottle (because the British crown levied a tax on malted barley, the Irish distillery looking for an alternative and found them in unmalted barley and other crops).
    And what you have with the Small Batch Rye in the jar, is quite fun, is not only whiskey historically interesting. The Rye share fits well and does not dominate, as is the case with American Ryes who have a higher Rye share. In addition, pleasant fruit notes, spice, neat finish - at the price you really can not expect more. And you can sink it in Irish Coffee - but you do not have to. ;-)
    • Nose
      83 83
      Refreshing nose with honeydew melon, green apple, green grapes. Light cereal note. Orange peel, almonds, hazelnuts. Coconut water. Milk chocolate, soft toffee. Mild seasoning with white pepper, clove powder, savory and cinnamon.
    • Taste
      83 83
      For 43% a surprisingly intense start, which starts off spicy against the fruity-fresh nose. Bring some single pot still spices: pepper, nutmeg, cloves, bay leaves, cinnamon. That's fun. Creamy mouthfeel. Slightly woody-grainy (the Rye share?). Green apple, pear nut, green grapes, melon. Sweet vanilla pudding from the bag.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Medium long and clearly dry, with attractive spiciness with honey and sweet apple in the background.

  2. maltaholic scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur

    That's the only thing they do in Kilbeggan.

    Strong, spicy, but also a light sweetness.
    Strong in taste, alcoholic.
    Little aroma, some chocolate, cherry, Mon Chéri.

    You do not have to have that.
    My wife tastes it in Irish Coffee ...


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