Name: Knappogue Castle 12 Year Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Notes: On the nose Knappogue Castle 12 Year has pleasant fruit and spice notes. At first sip I could taste some fruit, pineapple and peaches, with a nice black pepper spice. There is a nice clean and crisp fruit flavor throughout with this whiskey. The black pepper is definitely noticeable but not overwhelming. I thought the finish was long, with a fair amount of spice, some fruit and almond flavors, and very smooth. There is no smoke flavor with this one but plenty of fresh fruit and spices. It is a pretty straight forward whiskey. There was a bit of a thin mouth feel with this whiskey which I didn’t experience with the 14 and 16 expressions. Knappogue Castle 12 Year is aged 12 years in American oak bourbon casks and uses pure Irish spring water, which I believe gives it such a crisp taste. Overall, this is a good whiskey and one I would recommend to a friend. As with their other expressions the price is right and can be picked up for $40-$45.