Knappogue Castle is the “perfect example of a great Irish whiskey”. Like most Irish whiskeys, its mash is a malted barley that is tripled distilled. In Knappogue’s case it is in traditional, onion-shaped copper pot stills. After the third distillation, the new spirit is clear and has a proof of around 130.
The spirit is then placed in bourbon oak casks. Stored at a relatively consistent temperature, it ages for at least 12 years. Just enough time to achieve the right balance of flavors and mellow appeal.
The whiskey is then adjusted with pure Irish water to the desired proof (80 proof for Knappogue 12-year-old) and then bottled. This delicate process, along with the moist and temperate Irish climate, yields the distinctive flavor of the Irish single malt of incomparable quality.
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Awards; San Francisco 2012; Beverage Testing institute 2011 (92) 2012 (92); Wine Enthusiast 2017 (93)
Tasting Notes —
Nose: Rich and biscuity with notes of peppery spice.
Palette: Mellow and well-balanced with a bright, elegant fruitiness and mild spice flavors.
Finish: Medium, clean, and smooth.
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Further Ratings & Reviews
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