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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Knappogue Castle 1995: Whisk(e)y Wednesday presented by The Cove

Knappogue Castle Irish Whiskey
Knappogue Castle 1995, a single malt whiskey out of Ireland, had perhaps the largest variance in scoring of any whiskey so far with James giving it a lofty 82 and Eric shooting it down with a 51.  Jeremy and I, the other two voices of Raise a Glass, gave it a 68 and 66 respectively.  The average comes out to an acceptable score of 66.75, but that doesn't tell the story of this whiskey.  The chardonnay color presents faint light fruit on the nose with a honeysuckle sweetness.  The taste is reasonably fresh as well with slight oak and biscuit notes.  The whiskey presents a clean getaway with a very mild burn and an above average balance.  Certainly not a bad whiskey to have in your collection, but not something to rush out and acquire either.

Knappogue Castle 1995

66.75 Average Score


Whisk(e)y Wednesday is a blog post series on Bite and Booze presented by The Cove. Check out The Cove in Baton Rouge, LA to browse their selection of over 200 whiskeys (including bourbons) and 325+ Scotch whiskys. Whisk(e)y Wednesday is created and rated by the hosts of Raise a Glass. Scores are marked for Nose, Taste, Finish, and Balance and Complexity using our own propriatary scoring system. Marks are then added and averaged, leaving us with a final score out of a 100 point scale. Our scale should be looked at on the full range of 0-100 rather than an academic range where 70 is passing and anything less is failing. A 50 should be considered a very mediocre whisk(e)y while anything below 10 is absolute horse piss and anything above 90 is rather extraordinary.