liar, pants on fire. The bottle states that this Irish Whiskey
is single grain, and yet it ain't necessarily so! The idea
that "single grain" describes a whiskey made with
just one grain is a common misconception. The term actually
refers to whiskey made in a single location using malted barley
and at least one other grain. Kilbeggan Single Grain is made
of 94% meticulously sourced corn plus 6% malted barley.
Kilbeggan distillery was initially established in 1757 and
re-opened in 2007, 54 years to the day after it closed and
250 years after it was first established. Kilbeggan single
grain is made in a column still lined in copper which adds
softness by removing impurities and bitter notes through the
distillation process. After ageing in ex-bourbon barrels,
it is finished in a marriage of ex-bourbon and various fortified
that certainly sounds like a lot of work, so let's open this
bottle and taste the fruits of all that labor. This whiskey
is a very pale amber color. The nose is soft with hints of
lemon, vanilla, caramel and a touch of oak. The palate is
a blend of spicy, oaky vanilla and caramel and bourbon. The
finish is long and spicy with a touch of maple and cherries
and the slightest hint of saltiness.
is a very nice, very light yet very tasty Irish whiskey that
can certainly be consumed straight up from a snifter. I'm
very glad to see the popularity of Irish whiskey making a
dramatic comeback worldwide and I'm even happier that the
residents of Kilbeggan rallied around this old distillery
and got it up and running again.
single grain Irish whiskey is 43% ABV or 86 proof and is available
in 750ML bottles for around $30.00 and worth every penny.
By George Brozowski
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