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Knappogue Castle Irish Whiskey

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Knappogue Castle Irish Whiskey
Knappogue Castle 12 Year Old Irish Whiskey.jpg
Knappogue Castle 12 Year Old
TypeIrish whiskey
ManufacturerCastle Brands Inc
Country of originIreland
Proof (US)80

Knappogue Castle Irish Whiskey is a brand of premium single malt Irish whiskey produced by Castle Brands Inc. It is one of the few independent bottlings of Irish whiskey currently available on the market. The brand is named for historic Knappogue Castle in County Clare, Ireland, originally built by Clan MacNamara in 1467. Knappogue Castle is known for bottling one of the oldest and rarest known Irish whiskies, Knappogue Castle 1951, a pot still whiskey produced at the now-defunct B. Daly Distillery.[1]


In 1966, Mark Edwin Andrews and his wife Lavone´ purchased Knappogue Castle in County Clare. As they renovated the structure, Mark Andrews amassed a collection of rare single malt Irish whiskey, which he privately bottled and named Knappogue Castle 1951 after the historic building. He focused primarily on the whiskeys once produced at the B. Daly Distillery in County Offaly, which ceased whiskey production in 1954.[2] The castle was purchased by Shannon Development in 1996, and is now a venue for weddings and banquets.

In 1998, his son, Mark Edwin Andrews III, launched Great Spirits LLC, which made Knappogue Castle 1951 available to the public. In 1999, the company introduced vintage-dated single malts, under the same brand name. In 2003, the Great Spirits was merged into Castle Brands Inc, and in 2010, Castle Brands introduced Knappogue Castle 12 Year Old Single Malt.[3] Knappogue continues to source its whiskey from other distilleries including the Cooley Distillery.


Knappogue Castle has several different products it releases under the Knappogue brand name.

  • Knappogue Castle 12 Year Old Single Malt: Marketed as a “super premium” Irish single-malt, Knappogue Castle is distilled three times, and adds no color to its final product. It is aged in bourbon barrels for 12 years before bottling. 80 proof.
  • Knappogue Castle 14 Year Old Twin Wood: A blend of Irish single malt aged 14 years in bourbon casks, and Irish single malt aged in Oloroso sherry casks. 92 proof.
  • Knappogue Castle 16 Year Old Twin Wood: Aged for 14 years in bourbon casks, then aged for 21 months in Oloroso sherry casks. 80 proof
  • Knappogue Castle 1951: Often described as “the oldest and rarest single malt Irish whiskey in the world,” the whiskey was distilled in 1951 and aged in sherry casks for 36 years, before being bottled in 1987.

Limited Releases:

  • Knappogue Castle Master Distillers
  • Knappogue Castle 17 Year Old
  • Knappogue Castle 1949: "A Very Special Reserve of Unblended Pot Still Pure Malt, 30 Years of Age, Put down in 1949, Bottled in Bond in 1981. Produced for the Hon. Mark Edwin Andrews." this release is older than the 1951 and much more rare. [4]


Knappogue Castle Whiskey is generally well received. called Knappogue Castle 12 Year Old “a perfect example of a great Irish whiskey that manages to capture a great deal of flavor and complexity from the malted barley and present them in a light and affable manner.” [5] In 2014, Knappogue received a rating of 92 (Recommended) at the Ultimate Beverage Challenge.[6]

See also


  1. ^ "Knappogue Castle Irish Whiskey Distillery Origin Guide - Whisky Advocate". Archived from the original on 2014-04-19. Retrieved 2014-04-17.
  2. ^ The Irish Whiskey Trail is a free touring and travel guide to Ireland's distilleries, best traditional whiskey pubs, whisky bars and shops
  3. ^ "Knappogue Castle Whiskey Introduces 12 Year Old" (PDF). Press release. Castle Brands Inc. 7 June 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 April 2014. Retrieved 3 May 2015.
  4. ^ Copied from label of bottle purchased at Knappogue in 1983
  5. ^ Review: Knappogue Castle Single Malt Irish Whiskey - Drink Spirits
  6. ^ "Ultimate Beverage Challenge — 2014 Spirits Results". Archived from the original on 2014-04-19. Retrieved 2014-04-17.

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