This is simply a stunner, in my opinion. I'm a massive fan of Pot Still Whiskey, so when Kilbeggan Whiskey launched this back at the end of 2019, I was extremely eager to taste it. Mr John Cashman hooked me up with a sample at Whiskey Live and the love for this whiskey was instant.
Distilled between 2010 and 2011 with a mashbill including oats, inspired by the old Locke’s mashbill of the late 19th century, Kilbeggan Single Pot Still is the second limited release whiskey to be 100% distilled and matured at Ireland’s oldest licensed distillery, and the oldest expression to be released since distillation resumed at Kilbeggan in 2010. Double distilled, once through the oldest working whiskey pot still in the world, Kilbeggan Single Pot Still is a unique mash of malted barley, raw barley, and 2.5% oats.
I've had an unopened bottle of this for too long, so sat down with this recently and fell in love all over again. As I said I'm a big Pot Still fan, and this is joint top of my list!
On the nose there's a crisp sweetness, with apples and pears. Very creamy on the palate, with those typical Pot still spices, yet not overbearing. Creaminess and spices linger through to a beautifully soft finish.. absolute liquid gold!
The bottle itself is classic with some fun facts like the label depicting their 2 stills in Kilbeggan and the fact that it's maroon in colour, which are the GAA colours of County Westmeath, are just some cool finishing touches to an already classy drop.
ABV 43% | 70cl
Nose: Fresh crisp aroma followed by apple, pear and melon. Jasmine and hazelnut notes combine with an almost honeycomb sweetness.
Palate: Spice becomes apparent but not overbearing with summer fruits and citrus. Warming mid palate with a fresh mint leaf flavour leading on to a rich creamy mouthfeel.
Finish: Soft, mellow and smooth with a creamy finish. Lingering spice and a dryness as the oat influence becomes evident.
A phenomenal whiskey, at unbelievable value (around €55)! I recommend trying this as soon as possible, it's a simple must for P̶o̶t̶ S̶t̶i̶l̶l̶ ̶f̶a̶n̶s̶ Whiskey fans.
For more information on this whiskey, visit Kilbeggan Whiskey's website.
Slán go fóill,