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Kilbeggan

Situated on the banks of the River Brosna in County Westmeath, Ireland, Kilbeggan Distillery dates back to 1757 and is the oldest licensed distillery in Ireland. Now owned by Beam Suntory, the small pot still distillery was originally constructed for its access to grain, peat and the waters of the river, which it still uses today as its water source.

Under various owners the distillery remained functional until 19 March 1954, when production sadly ceased and the site was closed completely in 1957. It took twenty five years for activity to return the building, when the community of Kilbeggan restored the distillery through a labour of love which saved the site of disrepair. They preserved almost all of the old distillery equipment and maintained the distilling license, and soon Kilbeggan Distillery was able to be opened to the public as a whiskey distillery museum.

Whiskey production finally returned to the site in 2007, the year in which the distillery celebrated its 250th Anniversary, when Cooley Distillery bought the license, took over the museum and opened a new working distillery. A copper pot still made in the early 1800 was lovingly refurbished and put back to use on 19th March 2007, 54 years to the day when distilling had last taken place in Kilbeggan, making it the oldest working pot still producing whiskey in the world today.

In 2010 Kilbeggan became fully operational once again, with the installation of an oak mash tun and Oregon pine fermentation vats. The museum feature was converted into a distillery visitor centre, which continues to be a must-see for tourists, one that was recognised by Whisky Magazine's Icons of Whisky visitor attraction category in 2008. A 19th-century waterwheel in working condition is also used for contemporary purposes, and while the distillery can also be powered by a steam engine, it is rarely risked. Another striking feature are the three large stills that are currently not in operation, but were the original stills from the old Tullamore Distillery.

A wonderful story of restoration and tradition, Kilbeggan Distillery continues to make fantastic Irish whiskey, such as Kilbeggan, Kilbeggan 8 Year Old Single Grain and Kilbeggan 21 Year Old.

Kilbeggan

70cl, 40%

Kilbeggan is named after St Bécán, one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland who founded a monastery in the area in the 6th century. Smooth and malty.  More info

Kilbeggan
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$29.91
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Kilbeggan Single Grain

70cl, 43%

Single grain Irish whiskey from the Kilbrggan range, made using an exacting mashbill of 94% corn and 6% malted barley. Rather light and easy-going, this expression is particularly enjoyable in mixed…  More info

Kilbeggan Single Grain
$38.59

Kilbeggan 21 Year Old

70cl, 40%

This well-aged, limited edition release from the Kilbeggan range is a 21 year old blended Irish whiskey, which has been matured in a gamut of different casks. Which casks, you ask? Well, they've used…  More info

Kilbeggan 21 Year Old
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$91.00

Kilbeggan 8 Year Old Single Grain

70cl, 40%

Kilbeggan 8 Year Old is a stunning single grain Irish whiskey (you may have previously known it as Greenore 8 Year Old). A hugely enjoyable expression, with plenty of honey, vanilla, tropical fruit,…  More info

Kilbeggan 8 Year Old Single Grain
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$38.46

Kilbeggan 15 Year Old

70cl, 40%

A 15 year old Kilbeggan, produced at the Cooley distillery and a Gold Medal winner at the 2008 International Wine and Spirits fair.  More info

Kilbeggan 15 Year Old
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Kilbeggan Gift Set

70cl, 40%

A handsome gift set containing a bottle of the classic Irish blended whiskey, Kilbeggan, as well as two sturdy branded whisky tumblers. A great gift for any lover of Irish whiskey!  More info

Kilbeggan Gift Set
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