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Knappogue Castle 12yo Marchesi di Barolo Cask

Review of the Irish whiskey finished in Italian wine.

Origin: Clare (Ireland)
Type: Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Gradation: 46%ABV
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon and ex-Barolo wine
Chillfiltered: No
Added colouring: Yes
Owner: Castle Brand Inc.
Average price: € 85.00
Official website: www.knappoguewhiskey.com 
Vote: 88/100

Here’s a bottling that unites Ireland and Italy, with the Irish bonder relying on an Italian winery for this third special and limited version of its 12-year-old.
Released at the end of 2019, this edition has joined those aged in Bourdeaux (casks supplied by Château Pichon Baron) and Marsala (casks supplied by Marco De Bartoli): in this case, there’s an unspecified finishing in ex-Barolo casks, supplied by the Abbona family’s Marchesi di Barolo winery.
This is higher proof than the standard 12 years, with 1,440 bottles which, as in the previous versions, mention the winery of origin of the casks on the label, which is quite rare.

Tasting notes

On the nose it almost seems to approach an ageing in Sherry, the warm and silky notes of nutmeg and ripe fruit (plums, dates, apricot) envelop the nostrils, accompanied by malt, toffee, dried fruit (macadamia nuts and almonds). Shortcrust pastry. There’s also a fresher vein of pineapple and tangerine, which adds depth to a truly rich and full aroma.
Warm and soft on the palate too, with a good oiliness, it expresses similar sensations in the aromas, taking up the fruity tones with a balsamic touch along the length, which blows on the mellow sweetness of malt and custard. More dried fruit, a hint of liquorice, and a pronounced citrus acidity that cleans the mouth with every sip, with a slightly saline finish that makes you want to refill the glass.
The finish is long and saline, dry, with apricot, malt, liquorice and grapefruit.

The integration of the wine borders on perfection, it’s a pity we don’t know the ageing time because it’s really well suited. A complex, rich, satisfying and drinkable whiskey, a successful marriage!

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Knappogue Castle 12yo

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