Knappogue Castle 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Special Barrel Release
Stated Age
12 years old
1st Fill Bourbon Barrel
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Bottled for
The Nectar
Belgium Belgium
Added on
21 nov 2015 1:18 pm by PitchBlack
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 85.99

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37 × member ratings

36 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Knappogue Castle 12-year-old

8 users have left 8 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.09 points.

  1. CST1986 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very bright and summery, beautiful Irish Single Malt that kind of does an asian twist on your tongue, especially with one or two drops of water. It's very good to see that Irish Whisky is also improving and hitting the sweet spot on the relatively lower end of the price range, not only with old stock from the 90s being sold for >250 €.
    This 12yo Knappogue Castle was very affordable and, if you can still find this cask or something similar to this, highly recommended.
    • Nose
      Vanilla custard with a very light caramel sauce scented with rosewater and lemon oil. Tonka bean, flowers, honey, a hint of cinnamon, ozone and the typical Irish engine oil note lurking very discreetly in the background.

      After 10-15 minutes and with a drop of water: Much fruitier now, with green apples, honeydew melon, banana, lemon skin and suncream.

      Delicious summery nose.
    • Taste
      Beautiful, full-bodied attack on sour exotic fruit - starfruit, papaya and lime, then some vanilla kicking in and the sweet malty flavours coming to the front. Very nice development on bitter grapefruit, barley sugar and just a touch of oaky wood spice (ginger, cloves, coriander seeds) on the way to the finish.
    • Finish
      Medium, very nice on woody mango flavours, ginger and sweet barley.

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  3. Malthead19 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    very pleasant fruity malt, tastes and smells not really Irish, super fruity start, peach, oranges, soft, mild and tasty

  4. greg_0277 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Good value for money for a fruity whisky.
    • Nose
      86 86
      The nose is a little behind even if we distinguish a beautiful fruity and vanilla frame.
    • Taste
      87 87
      On the palate, the fruity side is confirmed, fruit from the orchard, drawing on exoticism. It is very sweet, honeyed, almost sweet.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The finish is average, not surprisingly.

  5. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. KayMeertens scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Vanilla, lime, apple and a little banana. Rather flat.
    • Taste
      Vanilla, apple, lime and spice.
    • Finish
      Vanilla, lime, apple and fig.

  8. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Fruity that struggles to unfold to finally give exotic fruits, ethereal limit. On the palate, vanilla and exotic fruits. Nice and accessible!

    Enthusiasm 4/5

  9. Toffie76 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Fine, elegant, super fruity, beautiful balance. It's really juicy and very easily drinkable. Dangerously drinkable I would say. Very charming ... This is a whisky very well done that is drunk like nothing. The nose is really very catchy.


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