Ultimate Beverage Challenge 92 points - Pungent and decadent on the nose with preserved Meyer lemon, poached pear, singed rocky earth and a deep, spicy almond personality. Rich and apple-like in the mouth with a touch of nutmeg and ginger before finishing hardily. (Apr 2014)
Continuing an Andrews family tradition of exceptional quality
Irish Single Malts. Their 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."
Color: Lovely pale straw/yellow color reminiscent of muscadet white wine; ideal purity.
Aroma: Opening inhalations encounter richly biscuity and malty/grainy/breakfast cereal aromas. Several minutes of air contact adds intriguing pepper/vegetal and spice notes.
Taste: Entry is balanced, focused, and integrated, slightly astringent and nicely fruity. Midpalate has delicate tastes of marshmallow, brown sugar, oaky vanilla, and marzipan.
Comment: A polished and mature Irish single malt whiskey selected and bottled at the ideal age. One of the best Knappogue Castle bottlings to date. Excellent Value.
by F. Paul Pacult - The Spirit Journal, September 2010