GSN Review: Kilbeggan Small Batch Rye Irish Whiskey

Kilbeggan Distilling Company recently released the limited-edition Kilbeggan Small Batch Rye, the only modern Irish whiskey of record to feature such a high quantity of rye within its mash. It is the first whiskey 100% distilled and matured at the Kilbeggan Distillery to be released since its restoration was completed in 2010.

Featuring a mash of malt, barley, and approximately 30% rye, this whiskey hearkens back to the late-1800s, when many large Irish distillers used rye in their mashes. However, this spicy grain virtually disappeared from the Irish Whiskey category around the time of Prohibition and the Irish War of Independence.

Double distilled to 86 proof in Kilbeggan’s copper pot stills – one of which is the oldest working whiskey pot still in the world today – Kilbeggan Small Batch Rye is the first of its kind in today’s market. Due to the nature of its mash, the flavor profile of Kilbeggan Small Batch Rye is notably softer than familiar American rye whiskies.

“Following the restoration of the Kilbeggan Distillery, the oldest licensed distillery in Ireland, our team was inspired to create this remarkable whiskey rooted in Irish distilling heritage,” says John Cashman, Beam Suntory Global Brand Ambassador, Irish Whiskey. “It is a truly unique spirit, featuring a rare mash that has produced a flavor unlike anything available today.”

Kilbeggan Small Batch Rye Irish Whiskey (86 proof)
Visual: Medium copper-gold.
Nose: Rye forward and tight. Some wood creeps in adding a rustic and friendly edge to the spice. Slight caramel and leather.
Taste: Crisp rye percolates the distillate and enshrouds the initial tasting. However, a second taste brings some of the more typical Irish whiskey notes into play. But,even as these rise to the surface, the intensity of the rye comes to the fore again and leaves a spice bomb in its place.
Finish: Long with a lot of rye grain on the palate.
Overall: If you love rye (and I don’t know many who don’t) this is a sure winner. Unlike any traditional Irish whiskies, and yet still there is that note of pot still so familiar to the emerald isle. Sláinte to Kilbeggan for trying something new!
GSN Rating: A

For more information go to: Kilbeggan Whiskey

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