Knappogue Castle 12 y.o.single malt whiskey
Knappogue castle is a tower house in Ireland, built in 1467 by the MacNamara clan. The purpose of the castle was to function as a protective place against the raids of the Normans. The castle was uninhabited for centuries, until in the 60s of the 20th century the Andrews family from Houston, Texas /prominent American architects/ purchased it and decided to restore it.
And while the tender half of the couple was engaged in restoration activities, her husband – Mark started buying barrels of Irish whiskey, created in the distilleries of Bushmills and Tullamore Dew, and subsequently decided to bottle under the brand name „Knappogue castle“. This led to the moment when the company released on the market Knappogue castle 12 y.o. single malt whiskey, which I have the honour to present to you. It is triple distilled in copper stills, then aged in bourbon casks for twelve years. And as a result of this process we receive an interesting whiskey. Before to present you my annotation, let me mention that Knappogue castle is owned by the „Castle brands“ company, which also owns a number of other alcohol brands, including Clontarf Irish Whiskey and already reviewed by me Jefferson`s borbon /by clicking on its name you’ll be able to read my notes about its so-called „small batch“ edition/. Over time, his initiative became attractive to a broad audience and the brand started to gain significant popularity.
Aroma. Fresh and inviting. Vinous, I caught grapes and malty sweetness, honey, green apples, pineapple, dried fruits /dates/, vanilla and woody notes. Taste. Slightly oily, slightly spicy and sweetish, bitter and raisin. I felt and fruit cake. Finish – average length, honeyed and sweet streak, cake with lemon essence and apples /maybe a little cinnamon too/, baked fruit.