Knappogue Castle Whiskey
For hundreds of years Ireland has produced fine whiskey. The word “whiskey” originates from the ancient Gaelic term “uisce beatha” (pronounced ISH-keh BA-ha”), meaning “water of life”. The Emerald Isle has become synonymous with whiskey for many reasons, including its role as home to the oldest licensed distillery in the world.
In the early 1900s, the finest whiskey in Ireland was often sold in casks rather than in bottles, as it is today. Spirits merchants bought the casks, aged them and bottled the whiskey under their own brand names.
In the 1960s, Mark Edwin Andrews, an American with strong ties to Ireland, began buying casks of fine pot still whiskey from the top distilleries in Ireland. He aged them and bottled them under the Knappogue Castle label, named after the castle in Ireland that he owned.
Knappogue Castle 1951, the last of Mr. Andrews’ whiskey that remains available, is now the oldest and rarest Irish whiskey in the world. Knappogue 1951 is a traditional pot still whiskey which means it is made from both malted and unmalted barley. It was triple distilled in 1951 at the famous B. Daly Distillery in Tullamore and was aged to perfection in sherry casks for 36 years.
Knappogue Castle® 12 Year Old continues an Andrews family tradition of exceptional quality Irish single malts. Mark Edwin Andrews, the first modern-day owner of the 15th century Knappogue Castle in County Clare, Ireland, followed his passion. First, he restored Knappogue Castle to perfection, then he turned his passion to bottling exceptional quality single malt Irish whiskies. He was bottling single malt Irish whiskey when everyone else was bottling blends. His Knappogue Castle 1951 is one of the world’s oldest and rarest Irish whiskies. Other vintages of Knappogue Castle include the 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1995. Now, Knappogue Castle carries on the Andrews family tradition for perfection and introduces its 12 Year Old Single Malt. It has a bright, light lemon-orange color (no caramel coloring is added) and a mildly spicy, citrus taste. Tasting it is an experience you will want to return to again and again.
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