This new whiskey — from a distillery in Central Ireland that’s said to be the oldest one continually operating — is a rarity. A century or more ago, rye was used in the mash for Irish whiskey, but it went out of fashion. Kilbeggan, founded in 1757, is now making a copper-still blend with 30 percent rye for a nicely textured dram that’s warm and spicy-sweet, with hints of ginger and citrus.
Kilbeggan Small Batch Rye, $33.99, 36th Avenue Wines & Spirits, 30-14 36th Avenue (30th Street), Astoria, Queens, 718-361-6080, 36thavewine.com.
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Florence Fabricant is a food and wine writer. She writes the weekly Front Burner and Off the Menu columns, as well as the Pairings column, which appears alongside the monthly wine reviews. She has also written 12 cookbooks.
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