Knappogue Castle Single Malt Irish Whiskey Aged 12 Years
Gary’s bottle is a single barrel and Richard’s is the standard
What the Bottler Says:
Introducing Knappogue Castle® 12 Year Old. Continuing an Andrews family tradition of exceptional quality Irish Single Malts. Our Passion is for Perfection.
Knappogue Castle announces the first time release of its 12 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey. A new package design reflects the change from vintage dating to age designation. As the original vintage dated whiskey, Knappogue is undertaking this change to bring greater clarity to the age of the product.
“We found that some consumers didn’t realize how long Knappogue Castle Single Malt was aged, therefore missing a very important part of what we do to make it smooth, bright and spicy” observes Mark Andrews, son of the brand’s founder. “We want to be perfectly clear about the age of Knappogue Castle Single Malt. Now, there’s no need to calculate how long it was aged because we’re stating it boldly on the front label. The age of the product is something we’re proud of along with the fact that no color is added” says Mr. Andrews. “Although our standard offering will be the 12 year old single malt, we will continue to have special bottlings of rare and unique distillations which will most likely bear a vintage date.”
Mellow, well rounded, well balanced, medium intensity; a bright, elegant fruit and mildly spicy taste with a medium-long, clean finish.
What Gary Says
Nose: Light, sweet malty cereal notes, sour dough bread with subtle oak.
Palate: Rich mouthfeel, a bit thicker than avg, sea air, sweet dried peach and pear, orange marmalade, sour oak and spicy.
Finish: Moderately long and wet, with pepper notes.
Comments: I’m not a huge fan of most Irish whisky, as I find it too crisp and clean for my liking. This private barrel pick isn’t, which for me is a big plus. I find it has much more character than the retail Knappogue Castle 12 yr. This selection was aged in Four Roses bourbon casks, and is bottled at 46% versus 40% – another positive in my book. It doesn’t state on the label or hang-tag that it is non-chill filtered, but it is my amateur opinion that this is likely the case based on the mouthfeel. This is a delightful dram, and while one private selection isn’t a guarantee how others will fare, if the others are bottled at this same proof and NCF – I would anticipate them to be similarly delicious.
Rating: Must Try
What Richard Says:
Nose: Grassy, fresh and light with a fruity and slightly herbaceous nose.
Palate: Creamy with a light fruity sweetness that reminds me of peaches and cream with a marshmallow on top.
Finish: A hint of pepper on the transition and then mild and mellow.
Comments: Irish whiskey is not unmalted triple distilled scotch from an island to the west. There are very fine flavors and textures that make Irish whiskey delicious and sought after in it’s own right. One of the more divisive things is a more mild and mellow drinkability. Scotch detractors will say it is more easy drinking without all the harsh things they don’t like about scotch. Scotch lovers may say Irish is too bland. I judge each whiskey individually and try at all costs to avoid generalization. This one however, I feel is under proofed and too bland. It doesn’t have anything about it that makes me want more. Another 6 to 12 proof points and maybe a smattering of sherry barrels in the mix would help a lot. That said, others may really enjoy this as a smooth go-to whiskey. Only your taste can tell you. [Source Distillery: Bushmills.]