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Knappogue Castle Twin Wood 16 Year

Knappogue Castle Twin Wood Single Malt Irish Whiskey Aged 16 Years
40% ABV
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

New U.S. Releases – April 2011

I seem to be late getting these new release summaries out more often than not. I have a somewhat valid excuse this month. I was on vacation with my wife last week and out of the country. You’ll hear more on my Puerto Rican and rum related exploits in subsequent posts. For now, here’s what we heard about in April.

Michael Collins 10 Year Old Single Malt
Timeframe: Summer 2011
ABV: 40%
Price: $40
This one isn’t so much a new expression as an old expression coming into its own. The original Michael Collins was a no age statement release. The juice in the bottle finally made it to a standard 10 years.

Ardbeg Alligator
Timeframe: June 2011
ABV: 51.7%
Price: TBD
Another year, another Ardbeg release. This year’s offering is a combination of regular Ardbeg in the near 10 Year range plus some Ardbeg aged in a heavily charred (Alligator Char) set of barrels. The two are combined and let marry for another year in refill casks.

Glenmorangie Pride
Timeframe: Late 2011
Price: $3,600
This pretty little gem is 1981 vintage Glenmorangie. It spent the first 18 years is first fill ex-bourbon barrels and then went to 10 year finishing school in Chateau d’Yquem Sauternes casks. This is very limited stuff with only about 100 bottles making it to the U.S.

Jefferson’s Rye
Timeframe: Late 2011
ABV: 47%
Price: $35
This puppy is from the same folks that do Jefferson’s bourbon. It’s a 10 year old 100% rye whiskey. Jefferson’s or more specifically McLain and Kyne source their products rather than distill. There’s a rumor about this being Canadian but I have nothing definitive on that yet.

Knappogue 16 Year Twinwood
Timeframe: TBD
Price: $100
Finally something a little different from Knappogue! This one is aged in bourbon casks first, and then finished in sherry casks.

Berkshire Bourbon
Timeframe: Now
ABV: 43%
Price: $45
Okay, so this isn’t technically a new product as it was out last year. But Berkshire Mountain Distillers is new to me!

New England Corn Whiskey
Timeframe: Now
ABV: 43%
Price: $45
This is another offering from Berkshire for those corn whiskey fans out there.