Kilbeggan is the blended whiskey from the Irish Cooley distillery. Their latest expression is 21 years old and is composed of different casks: ex-bourbon, Port, Madeira and Sherry.
Kilbeggan 21 yo
(40%, OB 2015)
Nose: sweet start with fruity aromas, ripe banana, (over)ripe apples and good deal of vanilla. Increasingly drier over time, first dried coconut, then also sandalwood and a little nutmeg with a mentholated edge. I can’t say all these cask types are noticeable.
Mouth: quite minty and oaky right away. Lots of tea notes, a hint of eucalyptus and a slight grainy bitterness. Hints of pepper. Some fruits, but more of the zesty kind. Hints of caramel and coffee in the end.
Finish: a bit short, on vanilla and oak. Liquorice too.
Not bad, but oaky and too expensive for what you’re getting. Around € 120.