Thursday, March 12, 2009

Knappogue Castle 1995 Irish Whiskey

The Knappogue Castle is always a wonderful Single Malt, and the 1995 vintage does not disappoint. Aromas of straw, persimmon and loquat with a fresh field floral backdrop achieve a lovely balance also showing honey, vanilla and toasted wood-- all in all very inviting. The palate is very active-with vivacious spice and floral tones briskly bouncing around to resolve at oily nuts, malt, chamomile and soft herbs. The finish is invigorating-- flowers and spice in caramelized honey against dry grains and cut wood with aromatic oiliness lingering. This whiskey is elegant, complex and graceful in a glass. There is no need for anything else.