Knappogue Castle 1995

70cl / 40%
  • Irish Single Malt Whiskey
Knappogue Castle 1995
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The latest vintage in this award-winning series of Irish single malts was distilled by Bushmils in 1995 and bottled in 2007, the oldest release to date. Bottled without artificial colouring, Knappogue Castle's unique, crisp, clean flavour varies from vintage to vintage.

Cask Type


  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • Vanilla Vanilla
  • Orange Orange
  • Lemon Lemon
  • Malt Malt
  • Toast Toast
  • Oak Oak

Knappogue Castle 1995 Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Producer's Tasting Notes

    • Colour:

      Pale golden color, derived entirely from long maturation in bourbon oak casks.

    • Aroma:

      Very well balanced, clean fresh citrus and floral notes, complex mellow aromas of malt, perfumy oils, honey/vanilla with medium intensity. Touch of toasted wood also.

    • Taste:

      Really mellow and well rounded, very well balanced, medium intensity, sweetish complex taste incorporating the aromas above—malt, citrus, vanilla, perfumy oils, definite toasted wood notes.

    • Comments:

      The 1995 Knappogue has more bourbon barrel wood character than the 1994, which serves to increase the taste complexity and makes the whiskey that bit more mellow and rounded. Malt whiskey purists will sometimes argue that malts are best matured in old, many times used casks to minimize the wood influence on the malt, thus allowing the “true distillery character” to be clearly tasted. However, others will argue that the interaction of the pure malt spirit with the wood extractives available in a fairly fresh cask will serve to add to the overall taste experience—since it adds to the complexity of the taste—and this would be my own view. I think the Knappogue Castle 1995, with its greater wood influence is a nicely judged advance from the 1994 in terms of its overall taste experience.

      "A very refreshing and mellow malt with excellent complexity of taste."

      Barry Walsh, writer and consultant whiskey blender Whiskey Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award Winner 2005 Malt Advocate magazine’s Industry Leader of the Year 2003

12 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    16 November 2015

    Knappogue castle 1995, is very subtle, fruity, almost ripe banana smell and taste, with spicy after taste, to more mellow citrus flavours, an incredible drink

  • 5
    11 August 2015

    This is quite one of the nicest whiskeys that I have ever tasted. Far from my natural smoky favourites from the western isles of Alba, this is creamy and deliciously smooth. It won''t be everyone''s taste but it certainly is mine.

  • 4
    19 September 2014

    just got a bottle of this its not what i usally go for im more of a vintage drinker but this did ot disapoint at all !

  • Seamus O'Day 1 May 2013

    Not bad at all. It's a nice trade-off from my typical "go-to" Middleton Very Rare.

  • beamer 9 April 2013

    gorgeous, peach fruity, light, very drinkable

  • Anonymous 24 December 2012

    A lively and floral whiskey, more optimistic than its serious and sometimes dour and peaty Scottish counterparts. My new favorite.

  • Joseph Peter Myers 25 September 2012

    I enjoy the "less-smoky, "less-peaty", lighter Scotch whiskeys and thought I would try the Knappogue based on its color alone. It was a chance well taken. Very enjoyable, light, but with some punch. And the color just looks nice in the glass.

  • Anonymous 2 December 2011

    Very nice surprise. In one way it is typical Irish, lighter (possibly due to triple distillation), but on the other hand it has a nice sturdy bitterness that complements and balances out the lightness. Tastes more powerful than the stated 40% ABV would lead one to believe.

  • Nick Hartley 5 January 2011

    bought a bottle in Ennis 5 minutes from the castle , normally a scotch man but loved this , light , sweet and will be back for more

  • John Corcoran 5 May 2010

    A lovely dram ! A nice floral taste with some great fullness. yhe bourbon cask has done it again !!

  • Brendan 6 March 2010

    Just brilliant, what more can one say?

  • macasparoff 2 October 2008

    A light,clean,crisp whiskey yet full and mellow - not like Irish whiskey !!! much more like an unpeated Scottish single malt.