Price Point: $85 – $95 for 750 ML
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.
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.