Knappogue Castle Irish Whiskey named after a beautiful 15th century castle built in 1497 by Sean MacNamara.
In 1920’s, the castle was purchased and restored by Mark Edwin Andrews.
In the 1960s, Andrews began buying casks of fine pot still whiskey from the top distilleries in Ireland.
He aged and bottled them under the Knappogue Castle label.
His last batch of Knappogue 1951 is revered by connoisseurs as the oldest and rarest 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 onionshaped
copper pot stills. The spirit is then placed in oak casks, formerly used for bourbon, stored at a relatively
consistent temperature, and aged.
After 15+ years in bourbon casks, the whiskey for Twin Wood was selected by the Master Distiller for nine
months of further aging in casks specially infused for Knappogue Castle using Oloroso Sherry, hence the name,
The delicate distillation process, along with the moist and temperate Irish climate, and the special aging in sherry
cask, has yielded the distinctive flavor of the Knappogue Castle Twin Wood. This is the first Knappogue
Castle whiskey to be aged in two types of wood. It harkens back to its forebear, the legendary 1951
Knappogue Castle which was distilled in 1951 and aged 36 years only in sherry casks, before being bottled in
1987. 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 Twin Wood is only lightly chill filtered and, unlike many whiskeys, no coloring is added.