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Knappogue Castle 1995

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Knappogue Castle 1995

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Knappogue Castle 1995

This is one of lightest whiskeys I have tried. The color is light, the nose is light, but quite pleasant, and the mouth feel is relatively light. I understand that Irish whiskies are generally lighter in body than say American or certain Scottish malts. While I do not have a lot of experience with Irish whiskey, I can appreciate that some might really like this but it did not satisfy me as explained below.

The nose is the best aspect of this whiskey. The aromas are redolent of tart green apples and an abundance of tropical fruits. When I first opened this bottle, the aroma absolutely struck me as being like some of the crazy tutti frutti candy I ate as a child in the heyday of my misspent youth. After leaving the bottle in my cellar for a few months as I frequently do, I came back to it and the overwhelming tropical odors had diminshed some but not much. From the smell alone, one would be hard pressed to identify this as whiskey.

Tastebuds Betrayed: while the initial taste of this is sweet as one would expect from the nose, it has an unappealing bitterness to it that grows after a few seconds. The mouthfeel is rather dry and tannic leaving almost a chalky feel in the mouth, somewhat like a very dry Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay.

The finish is rather short with an accentuation of the bitter notes from the taste.

Overall this strikes me as being somewhat unbalanced given the mismatch in the nose and taste. I can recommend this though to those that prefer lighter bodied drinks, it's just not exactly my thing.


This bottle left me speechless. I need to fully work out all the aspects of it for a full review. But it is the absolute best Irish whiskey I've had. Sorry Jameson 12 year, but this stuff is absolutely breath taking.

I think this misght be one of these "love it or hate it" cases. The nose is amazing with the smell of red forest berries (like the Rote Gr├╝tze" one eats in the fall and winter in Germany).

The body is light, which I would normally not like as I prefer full-bodied oily beasts. However a slight bitterness helps the smoothness steer away from blandness. The biiterness stays in the finish.

So, if you don't mind (or actually enjoy) bitterness then you'll find this one interesting. Otherwise you might not.

I tried the Knappogue Castle 12 on the advice of a friend. I liked it so much I bought the 16 yr old (it was brought in on an order). So, I have to say that when I tried the bottle marked 1995 I thought it was the same as the 16 yr old with dark red colored label. Yes, they are slightly different but I really like all three. I love this whiskey and I enjoy giving friends their first taste of a great Irish Single Malt!

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