Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Knappogue Castle 14 Yr Twinwood: Whisk(e)y Wednesday presented by Calandro's Supermarket

I definitely like Irish Whiskey. It is pure. Triple distilled from barley, Irish Whiskey is gentle, refined, and yet still flavorful. The Knappogue Castle 14 Year Twinwood is a single malt Irish Whiskey. While most Irish Whiskey is blended, this one is not. The nose is clea, crisp, and has a light oak aroma. Eric found it to be medicinal with some herbaceous qualities. The barley is strong on the palate as some stone fruit comes through as well in a warming fashion. The whiskey finishes rather smooth with more fruit and hints of the sherry cask, the second of the twinwood aging process (with the first being used bourbon barrels). The final note reminded me of a caramel apple as it slid down my throat. The whiskey is not very complex, but it is smooth, pleasant, and well balanced. It is a definitely an Irish Whiskey worth enjoying.

Knappogue Castle 14 Year Twinwood Single Malt Irish Whiskey

Average Score 73.0

Whisk(e)y Wednesday is a blog post series on Bite and Booze sponsored by Calandro's Supermarket. Calandro's has one of Baton Rouge's best selections of bourbon, Scotch, and other whisk(e)ys as well as wine and craft beer. This WW feature was scored by Eric DucoteBrenton Day, and Charles Pierce. Scores are marked for Nose, Taste, Finish, and Balance and Complexity using our own proprietary 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 20 is absolute horse piss and anything above 90 is rather extraordinary.

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