2 Gingers, although a true Irish whiskey was created by a Minnesotan by the name of Kieran Folliard. Folliard was a bar owner who saw bottle after bottle of Jameson’s emptied by his thirsty customers. Thinking he could come up with an equally impressive product, he contracted the Kilbeggan (formerly Cooley) Distillery to craft a four-year old blended Irish whiskey to his specifications.
As for the two ginger haired beauties portrayed on the label? They are Kieran’s mother and aunt, whom I assume enjoyed their dram of Irish on occasion.
2 Gingers (80 proof)
Visual: Honeyed gold.
Nose: Mellow notes of malted grain, more caramel than citrus. Pleasantly traditional.
Taste: Quite smooth and quaffable. There is a hint of bitter woodiness towards the end, but in my mind that’s better than too much sweetness.
Finish: There’s a bit of fire here which I find surprising. It’s not necessarily in the distillation, but I think rather in the blending.
Overall: A well done Irish, which stands up to many of the big boys.
GSN Rating: B+
For more information go to: 2 Gingers
Irish whiskey is the fastest growing spirit in the US right now, so it makes sense that more and more are making their way to our shores. The latest is one of the oldest. Which seems like a conundrum, but it makes for an interesting story.
The distillery was founded in 1757, but exactly 200 years later the distillery closed due to the effects of prohibition and economic troubles from two world wars. However, in 2007 (250 years after it opened), it began whiskey production again under the supervision of the Cooley Distillery who had been making whiskey under the Kilbeggan name at their distillery in County Louth. We can look forward to Kilbeggan whiskey crafted at the original distillery from the world’s oldest pot still made over 200 years ago in 2014, when it will be ready for sale. Until then, we have this version, which is still mighty fine.
Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey (80 proof)
Visual: Medium gold.
Nose: Rich, malty and sweet with caramel overtones.
Taste: Malty with a dry edge, almost a salted caramel taste. No citrus and just the right touch of wood. The body is a bit thin, but the flavor is rich.
Finish: Sweet notes go on, and leave a warm autumnal flavor on the tongue.
Overall: Well done, but more reticent than other blended Irish whiskies.
GSN Rating: B+
For more information go to: Kilbeggan