Knappogue Castle Twin Wood Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Top 10 Spirits 2011
Knappogue Castle whiskies may not be as old as the fifteenth century castle in County Clare, Ireland that the brand is named for, but they certainly age well. Founder Mark Edwin Andrews, who bought and restored the castle in the 1960s, amassed an impressive and rare collection of pure pot still whiskey produced at the B. Daly Distillery. From this collection, his son Mark Andrews III, created Knappogue Castle 1951, aged for 36 years exclusively in sherry casks before being bottled in 1987. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of that rare and still-available bottling, Andrews created the Knappogue Castle Twin Wood. This single malt whiskey is finished in sherry casks, after having aged for most of sixteen years in bourbon barrels. Twice the wood may not equal twice the taste, but the balanced woods are evident in the resulting complex flavors. Smooth, without the slightest hint of a burn, the Knappogue Castle Twin Wood is best saved for special occasions.