A pretty cool sock, this Kilbeggan SPS, like the whole distillery. Closed for a long time, only the name remained under which Cooley products were marketed.
The distillery was started up again in 2010 without any big marketing noise, without Tam-Tam - and since then they have been burning happily in Kilbeggan and are now bringing a PLC without age to the market, as if it were yesterday that the last single Pot Still was drawn into the bottle in Kilbeggan.
Last year there was already the Kilbeggan Small Batch Rye, a disguised PLC, which was only called "Rye" because it was no longer allowed to operate under the PLC with 30% Rye in the mash bill. It is said to be an old recipe, SPS, as was more often made in Ireland in the past.
The Kilbeggan Single Pot Still now comes with a 2.5% oat content in the mash bill and can therefore also be called "Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey".
Creamy (on the nose? Yes, somehow it makes this impression), soft and spicy at the same time, a light hint of citrus juice. Initially not very differentiated, over time pot still spices separate from the crowd. Together with the lemon and the newly added oranges, this results in a very tasty nose that you could not expect in a single pot still at 43% and under 10 years of age. And now: appearance of the Jaffa biscuits!
Full, creamy, spicy and dry onset. Grain notes covered in a cloud of nutmeg, pepper, allspice, cinnamon and savory. Clearly pronounced pot still spices, no youthfulness whatsoever. Nougat, marzipan. Hazelnuts, almonds and honey. Orange peel. Sweet and spicy at the same time.
Medium-long and dry finish, in which the aromas from the palate persist for a long time. Nougat chocolate, almonds and spices predominate, the fruit notes weaken faster.