Knappogue Castle Twin Wood 14 Year Old follows in the great tradition of our sherry cask-aged Knappogue Castle 1951, the oldest and rarest known Irish whiskey.
The malted barley is dried in ovens without the use of peat, allowing the crisp, clean flavor of malted barley to come through without smoky overtones. The dried malt is then ground and mixed with pure Irish spring water to extract the sugars. Single malt whiskies of Knappogue Castle are distilled three times in traditional onion- shaped copper pot stills. The spirit is then placed in oak casks, formerly used for bourbon, stored at a relatively consistent temperature, and aged.
After 14+ years in bourbon casks, the whiskey for 14 Year Old Twin Wood was selected by the Master Distiller to be married with more Irish single malt – this time aged in casks specially infused for Knappogue Castle with Oloroso Sherry.
The delicate distillation process, along with the moist and temperate Irish climate, and the special aging in bourbon and sherry casks, has yielded the distinctive flavor of the Knappogue Castle 14 Year Old Twin Wood. The use of two kinds of wood casks in Twin Wood has produced a whiskey which has a deep, complex, and very smooth taste.
Knappogue Castle 14 Year Old Twin Wood is not chill filtered and, unlike many whiskeys, no coloring is added.
Nose: The typical orchard fruits/apple pie character of the malt is given depth with the use of Oloroso Sherry casks, in the form of fleshy fruit - plums and apricots. The bourbon cask influence appears as a sweet vanilla note which is in harmony with the biscuit-like aroma of the barley.
Taste: The nose sets up the expectation of a real mouthful of flavour, and it follows through. The body is rich and fruity; with hints of green apple with the zest of grapefruit . The malt helps to bring out the quality of the wood: sweet vanilla with light tannins from the charred oak.
Finish: Medium in length; going from full fruity notes to a d ry yet pleasant barley conclusion.