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Celtic Honey Beekeeper’s Blend




Whiskey Review: Celtic Honey Beekeeper’s Blend

Tasting Notes:

Irish Whiskey blended with Irish Honey Liqueur; 80 proof (40%abv); 750ml; $24.99 MSRP
Has light yellow and golden hues.
Aromas of honey, orange peel, and nutmeg.
Notes of honey, heather flower, maple and cinnamon.
In a very saturated market, Celtic Honey Beekeeper’s Blend is doing a good job working to differentiate itself from the pack. The honey flavoring is not so strong to totally overwhelm the whiskey profile. I’m happy to say that this flavored whiskey is much more balanced than some of the competitors.

Editor’s Note: This whiskey was provided to us as a review sample by the party behind it. This in no way, per our editorial policies, influenced the final outcome of this review. It should also be noted that by clicking the buy link in this review our site receives a small referral payment which helps to support, but not influence, our editorial and other costs. 

As we’ve mentioned in the past, flavored whiskey is one of the strongest growth categories in whiskey. Since the first honey whiskey was released by Wild Turkey in the 1970s, honey-flavored whiskey has been at the forefront of this ever-growing trend.

Now, some of the biggest whiskeys in the world have honey-flavored variants, including Jack Daniel’s and Jim Beam.

Over the last decade, there has been almost a 900% increase in the volume of flavored whiskeys and there seems to be no stopping the growth and demand. With the market trends, there are many that are looking to make their mark in this hot category. One of those producers is Luxco, who owns Celtic Honey.

Celtic Honey was originally a cordial, made at 60 proof (30% abv), which is a little under the proof needed to be considered a whiskey according to many regulations around the world. Luxco has now made Celtic Honey Beekeeper’s Blend into a flavored whiskey, bringing the proof up from 60 to 80.

Celtic Honey Beekeeper’s Blend may have changed the category that it was originally in, but it hasn’t changed the process and story behind the creation. The whiskey is still made in Northern Ireland and comes from a tradition of Irish meads. It is a blend of Irish whiskey, Irish honey, herbs, and floral spices often associated with traditional Irish meads and floral beers.

Celtic Honey Beekeeper’s Blend review
We review Celtic Honey Beekeeper’s Blend, made in Northern Ireland, with all-natural Irish honey, distilled Irish whiskey and flavors of native Irish flowers, plants and trees. (image via Luxco)

Tasting Notes: Celtic Honey Beekeeper’s Blend

Vital Stats: Irish Whiskey blended with Irish Honey Liqueur; 80 proof (40%abv); 750ml; $24.99 MSRP

Appearance: Has light yellow and golden hues.

Nose: Aromas of honey, orange peel, and nutmeg.

Palate: Notes of honey, heather flower, maple and cinnamon.

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Joshua Wilford

Joshua Wilford has been in the restaurant business for the past two decades. His tenure in the industry includes working in leadership roles at bourbon bars in and around Kentucky as well as half a decade in the iconic Multnomah Whiskey Library. He has also received certifications from The Wine & Spirit Education Trust and The Filson Historical Society in Louisville, KY. Joshua is currently the Bar Manager of Grand Amari and Little Bitter Bar, both located in the Hotel Grand Stark in Portland, Oregon.

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