Aged: 12 years
Product of: United Kingdom
The 15th century castle in western Ireland, was restored by Mark Edwin Andrews and his wife, a prominent American architect, after they purchased it in 1965. At the castle Mark amassed an impressive and rare collection of casks of pure pot still and single malt whiskey; which he blended and bottled, naming the whiskey after the castle. Knappogue Castle 1951 vintage, the last bottling by Mark was aged for 36 years and is coveted by connoisseurs as one of the oldest and rarest commercially available Irish whiskeys.
Although the family sold the castle in 1996, Mark’s son (also called Mark) son continues his father’s legacy, naming this range of single Irish malts after Knappogue Castle.
Prior to the introduction of Knappogue Castle 12-year-old, the new range of Knappogue Castle was vintage dated, based on the year of distillation, and changed each year. Vintages included 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1995. The decision to change from vintage dates to age statements was made in order to present a more consistent range.
Limited editions Knappogue Castle Twin Wood 16-year-old and 14-year-old, aged in two types of wood, bourbon & sherry casks, were first bottled in 2010 and 2012, respectively.
New packaging with aqua blue labels across the whole Knappogue Castle range, designed by Craig Mackinlay of Breeze Creative in Glasgow, Scotland, was released in May 2016 with every possible design component, including the shape of the bottle, fonts, label size, shape, copy and colour palate overhauled.
Review and Tasting
Sampled on 21/02/2016
Clear, golden amber.
New leather, chamois leather, biscuity maltiness, treacle and orange zest with pineapple, apricot and passion fruit.
Cracked black pepper, brown sugar, passion fruit and new leather with mocha coffee, vanilla, clove, apricot, orange zest and pencil shaving oak.
Leathery, spiced black pepper and lingering passion fruit.
Leather, spicy and fruity with distinctive passion fruit.