Many malt drinkers tend to overlook grain whiskies, although they can offer a nice variation in smell and taste. Kilbeggan 8-year-old is column-distilled from corn and matured in ex-bourbon casks, giving it a sweet, biscuity and slightly dusty nose. Vanilla, coconut cream and hints of lavender stick out in particular. The palate evolves sugary, aromatic and a little spirity with notes of walnuts, breakfast cereals and citrus fruits. A touch of wood spice accompanies the short finish. This is not an Irish whiskey to wax poetic about, but I have certainly tried worse.
Tested in a blank test of three single grains at the bottom. Greenore 8 yo hit me the worst, Kilbeggan 8 yo then was a little better (79 points), and best was North British 1997 SV (82 points). It should be noted, however, that in taste the differences were really minimal (G8 77, K8 and NB equally 78), I had the feeling that all the samples were tastefully uniform, and so it was more interesting in the test, those jumps were really great (NB 86, K8 80 and G8 75). I did not see it in one, I was so impressed by my scent, and to some extent the similarities of certain parts of the aroma with some of the US rye and also the skin of the younger and cheaper Caribbean rums.
Lehounce thinner and grassiness. It is half way between North British 1997 SV and Greenore 8 yo. The result is a Caribbean-style skin with a touch of cucumber (cucumber lure). Otherwise it tends to be sweet. (80 b)
Extremely sparse. The skin also appears in taste, a velvety impression. Quality and taste profile very similar to G8 and NB1997 SV. (78 b)
What better way to celebrate St Patrick’s Day than with an evening of six whiskey’s, hosted by Dave Broom. N: I find it different in character to the Greenore WB, another 8yo grain from the Cooley distillery, in an almost identical shaped bottle. This Kilbeggan smells of sweet grain with buttered peas, a marked maltedness with clay-like quality and lovely pastries. Lots happening with this Kilbeggan even after a paltry eight years. T: Works well neat. Sweet but never sugary. Well composed, very tasty. A little sour-cream balances proceedings - more sour with water. F: Stays on an even keel with some lip-smacking. Theres a green note understandably, but with that resolute sunny-grain sweetness throughout, this remains well composed. C: I didn’t pick this up as a grain, until i compared it to the Teeling WB - then all was clear. Good beginnings. I believe the 21yo WB is the oldest [Kilbeggan] at time of writing [May ’16], definitely worth trying. Time to move on to the Teeling WB
Scores a D[+]
Add tasting tags by clicking the flavours you recognized in this whisky.