Knappogue Castle Twin Wood Single Malt Irish Whiskey Aged 16 Years
What the Bottler Says:
With the help of the finest distillers and craftsmen, we bring you Knappogue TWIN WOOD — the first Sherry Finished Knappogue Castle matured for sixteen years in two types of wood. The result is a perfectly balanced single malt Irish whiskey with a complex, rich taste and a slightly sweet sherry finish.
We took the best of our 1994 vintage distilled single malt and aged it for just over fifteen years in bourbon barrels for our signature smooth taste. This perfect whiskey was then put into casks especially seasoned for Knappogue using Oloroso Sherry. We bottled only 1,900 bottles of this exquisite whiskey in December of 2010. Each individually numbered bottle is a true work of art.
Our Passion is for Perfection. Experience it in Knappogue Twin Wood.
Color: Medium deep reddish gold.
Aroma: Intense aromatic, rich, malty, fruity, spicy, nutty, vanilla, dusty dark chocolate, good age complexity.
Taste: Really deep and complex, nutty sherry maltiness, fruity, dusty dark chocolate, spicy, pleasant woodiness, vanilla notes, slightly peppery, some sweetness, mellow and rounded.
Finish: Nice sherried maltiness, some sweetness and dark chocolate lingering.
Comment: The greater age of this Knappogue expression serves to enhance and intensify the flavour of this single malt whiskey; and the sherry finish adds a further layer of taste complexity. The result is an Irish malt whiskey that ranks with the very best of the world’s single malts.
What Richard Says:
Nose: Even with the extra time in sherry wood the fresh grassy Bushmills-esque nose comes through. You have to give it some time for that sherry to start peeking around the edges.
Palate: Creamy, fruity sweet, and nutty with a dusting of cocoa powder and hints of sherry.
Finish: The finish leaves behind more of that lingering cocoa powder note.
Comments: The age and finishing are nice improvements over the regular 12 year old but not as much as the 14 year old limited edition. I think this one would also benefit from the same higher proof.
Rating: Stands Out