ABV 40%
REVIEWED Issue 179
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Brand: Kilbeggan, Beam Suntory
Expression: Black
Type: Republic of Ireland Whisky / Blended
Age: No Age Statement
ABV: 40%
Country/Region: Republic of Ireland
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Tasting notes
Taster   Christopher Coates
Nose: Traditional unflavoured ice cream. Green peppers, cantaloupe and pink grapefruit. Almost hoppy. Honey water, vanilla bean and pear drop.
Palate: Very light, with dominant vanilla. The pink grapefruit makes it to the palate, with a little caramel sauce, blueberry and candied pecan. Poached pear.
Finish: Short, with blueberry and peach.
Comment: Not winning awards for complexity, but really very tasty and quite moreish. Well balanced, too.
Taster   Phoebe Calver
Nose: Stewed apples covered in brown sugar with a dollop of vanilla custard. Stacked hay bales, a hint of dairy farm, coconut shavings and figs.
Palate: Delicate at first, with a hint of almond oil, toasted brioche and cloves. Warm prunes, cinnamon pastry and struck matches.
Finish: Sweet allspice and slightly burnt almond linger.
Comment: It’s very hot for the ABV – potentially could do with a little more time to develop those richer notes and calm the heat.
Visit the distillery
Cooley Distillery, Riverstown, Cooley, Co. Louth, Republic of Ireland
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