About Kilbeggan Single Grain Irish Whiskey
Kilbeggan Distillery, Ireland's oldest operating distillery, was founded by Matthias McManus in 1757 on the banks of the river Brosna, where there is an abundance of the three essential ingredients for making whiskey — water, grains, and turf. McManus passed the distillery down to his son, John, who managed the distillery until the turn of the century when John was executed for his part in a local uprising against English rule.
Over the next two centuries, the distillery's ownership changed hands frequently, and after a severe Irish depression in the 1920s and 1930s, the distillery closed down for good in 1957 and began to fall into disrepair. Fortunately, the local community rallied around Kilbeggan Distillery, restoring the distillery and, with the help of Irishman John Teeling and his Cooley Distillery — the first new distillery in Ireland in over 100 years — opening and recommencing production at the new Kilbeggan Distillery in 2007.
This Kilbeggan single grain whiskey is twice distilled from 94% corn and 6% malted barley. Made using pure Irish spring water, the resultant wort is transferred to wooden washbacks for fermentation. The fermented liquid is then double-distilled in copper pot stills, which allows the whiskey to retain many of the raw flavors of its ingredients. Incredibly, the second distillation is done through the oldest working pot still in Ireland, which is over 180 years old. Aged in former bourbon casks for at least four years.
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About Irish Whiskey
Contrary to popular belief that Scots invented whisk(e)y, Irish whiskey was mentioned almost a century before its Scottish brother.
Its origin comes from the perfume distilling monks who decided to tweak the recipe a bit, creating Irish whiskey.
Irish whiskey doesn’t have a lot of rules and regulations to be considered “pure” and can be made with various grains and processes, as long as it is aged for at least three years in wooden casks and has a max ABV of 94.8%.
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