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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey

Tasting Notes Review

Locke's Irish Whisky Distillery Bottlings


Locke's Irish Single Malt Whiskey Aged 8 years

Locke's Irish Aged 8 years Crock

Locke's Irish Aged 9 years Grand Crew


Locke's  Irish Blended Whiskey


Kilbeggan Irish Blended Whiskey

Kilbeggan Irish Blended Whiskey Aged 15 years


Locke’s Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey Tasting Notes


Tasting notes of Jim Murray, renowned Whiskey Commentator Provided by the Cooley Distillery


Locke's Premium Blend Irish Whiskey


Nose: - Sweet and malty


Taste: - Sweet and smooth at first. Possessing a full malty and spicey middle and a delightful honeyed sweetness, which rolls around the palate, filling the mouth. It glides over the taste buds like the smoothest of silks. Well-balanced overtones of oak wood.


Finish: - The powerful maltiness trickles off leaving the grain which is first noticeable as the conveyor of ex-bourbon cask vanillins. Soft, clean and quite malty with a little oloroso sherry wood.


Serving Suggestions: - Locke's premium blend Irish Whiskey can be served neat, on the rocks, or with a little water to taste. It can also be served with any mixer, or with coffee to make an authentic Irish Coffee. It is also great for cooking. Really the possibilities are endless


Locke’s 8 year old Single Malt Irish Whiskey


Nose: - Full flavoured nose bulging with big fruit-barley character. Oaky traces from the oldest of Cooley's malts.


Taste: - The barley is big and succulent. There is a copper-tanginess followed by a dry fruity flavour.


Finish: - The malt is nothing short of enormous & with a tanginess character. The minimum 8-year-old oak passes leaving a vanilla essence and peaty finish.


Serving Suggestions; - Locke's 8 Year old Single Malt can be served neat, on the rocks, or with a little water to taste. A very enjoyable dram to be enjoyed after lunch.


Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey


Nose: - Traces of sweet oloroso plus some sweet malt that over powers the clean grain.


Taste: - There is an abundant lushness, where the malt moves freely around the palate, gathering honey notes along the way.


Finish: - The dryness purveys with some genuine oaky tones coming through.


Serving Suggestions: - Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey can be served neat, on the rocks or with water to taste. It is also an excellent ingredient for cocktails and perfect with mixers.



Kilbeggan Blended Irish Whiskey 15 year old


Kilbeggan Irish whiskey has recently been given an older brother with the launch of the Kilbeggan 15 Year Old,


Released to mark the 250th anniversary of the Old Kilbeggan Distillery. The  Master Blender, Noel Sweeney, handpicked a small number of the finest casks maturing in the warehouses at the Old Kilbeggan Distillery.


The whiskey was launched at a special ceremony held to mark the re-start of distillation at Kilbeggan on 19th March 2007.


Nose: Creamy and spicy followed by a succulent honey sweetness.



Taste: Sweet fruits and vanilla tones compliment the rich malt flavour.



Finish: Hints of toffee emerge in the long oaky finish.

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