Jul 26

Knappogue Castle 16 Year Old Irish Whiskey – Review

Knappogue 16 Year Old Irish WhiskeyKnappogue Castle 16 Year Old Single Malt Irish Whiskey

80 Proof

Price Point: $85 – $95 for 750 ML

Distiller: Unknown

 

Background

The fourth and final whiskey I am reviewing as part of Castle Brands’ sample portfolio is Knappogue Castle 16 Year Old.  In case you missed previous posts, I have already reviewed Clontarf 1014, Knappogue Castle 12 Year Old, and Knappogue Castle 14 Year Old.

 

Review

The nose on Knappogue Castle 16 Year Old is once again malty and sherried with nicely matured oak.  It’s mellow on the nose, with cherries and whipped cream.

The additional two years of aging are really evident in the taste.  This is a more subdued, more complex whiskey than the 14 Year Old.  Notes of pears and a little pineapple make this a fruit a medley in the mouth.  It’s also very malty, as seems to be the signature of Knappogue Castle.

The finish is sweet and pleasant, with a surprising nutmeg note to finalize things.

 

Rating & Recommendations

Knappogue Castle 16 Year Old rounds out the brand’s portfolio nicely, earning a rating of 88 out of 100.

This is a very nice single malt that I would absolutely recommend, although I can’t help but think it’s a bit overpriced – I may have never tasted it had I not received a free sample.

 

-Ryan

1 comment

    • EricH on July 26, 2014 at 5:56 pm
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    The distiller is Bushmills. While Cooley also produces single malt whiskey, it’s well known that Knappogue Castle is sourced from Bushmills.

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