O’Begley Old Kilfoutan Whiskey

  • Rating: 8
  • Value: 7
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Proof: 86 (43 %)
Age: Around 1 Year
Price: $38.99 750 ML
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A full but gentle Irish whiskey type malt whiskey with a full grain palate .

Notes: Made in small batches by a father and son team in a distillery that looks like a cross between a MacGyver and Breaking Bad episode ( and I mean that in a humorous,positive way – the place is an amazing example of how to put a distillery together with repurposed materials). Started just awhile ago, the distillery already produces this aged Irish Whiskey style product and an unaged Poteen type whiskey. Made from New York State barley, malted barley and oats from local famers and maltsters.

Appearance: Pleasing gold russet color in the bottle and light gold in the glass. On swirling it has a coats the glass with a medium to thick coat with a nicely distinct edge line forming legs

First Impression: Nicely grainy, malty with the barley wafting out of the glass with hints of marmalade, figs and medjool dates.

Taste: Oily body with plenty of grain germ, fatty, silky entry with malt, barley, grain and honeyed char and tobacco notes with hints of vanilla, mint, cinnamon, myrrh, with a pleasant and lingering caramel malt and slightly drying oat finish

Drinks: Any cocktail we found using an Irish whiskey worked well with this whiskey. Also a number of bourbon and rye cocktails.If you think of this as a cousin to a ry whiskey you cannot got too far wrong.

Bottle: A clear glass somewhat tall bell shaped whiskey bottle with nice clarity and good quality glass with a weighted thicker bottom to it,White silkscreened crest with name description etc., on the front and on the back the usual government warnings, along with a web address and a facebook “F” to let you know they are on Facebook too ( first time we have ever seen that on a bottle.Slightly bowed neck leads to lipped neck with a combination synthetic stopper with natural wood stopper for a tight but easy to open fit.

A wealth of information ( and style points for same) are on the labels of these bottles describing barrels and their history, Mash bill, fermentation,yeast filtration and batch numbers. For distilling geeks it does not get much better than this.Also there is a great label detailing their filtering and aging, To quote in full  “The white floating crystals that may appear in your bottle are a natural byproduct of the barrel aging process. In short, they constitute much of the flavor that other distilleries filter out. We bottle above ambient temperature using a 0.5 micron filter, where many of the lipids from the aging process are fully soluble. At cooler temperatures these oils are driven out of solution and crystallize in the spirit. Need proof that it’s not cardboard floating in your whiskey? Shake the bottle and watch them dissolve into solution. ”

Other: Custom still made from repurposed pharmacutical reactors lead to a refreshingly different product ( not the same damn stills everyone else has and the sometimes depressingly similar products). Also the entire distillery is a model or repurposing, recycling, and scrounging equipment that is in and of itself worth exploring and taking lessons from.

Final Thoughts: A great whiskey on its own, explore this as a drier and slightly lighter rye as a mixer also. With less spice but more grain, it opens up some interesting possibilities for mixology.
A touch pricey compared to a number of popular Irish brands but this is NOT some grain blended with grain alcohol (essentially vodka) in a refinery sized distillery but a full grain whiskey produced in small batches and it shows.


A fairly bare bones site, but nicely and logically laid out

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