US whiskey lover Mark Andrews originally sourced some of the last remaining old casks of pure pot still whiskey from the closed Daly Distillery, Tullamore in the 1960's. These were bottled under the name "Knappogue Castle" after the very Castle that Mr Andrews and his wife restored in Co Clare, Ireland. It is unknown how many casks were purchased but it is thought at least 8 from the 36yo/1951 stock were bottled in 1987 as single casks and the rest bottled as a batch of 1951 Knappogue Castle Irish Whiskey. A few earlier casks are also known to be bottled, probably for private use & gifting. So there are also bottles of Knappogue 1949 & Knappogue 1950 still in existence but would be very rare finds.
However it really started with Mr Andrews son (also Mark, the 3rd ) marketing Knappogue Castle as a Brand proper. Setting up Great Spirits Company LLC, in 1998 then the comapny name changing to Castle Brands Inc. The first fully accessible commercial release being the 1990 version and has been Bottled in Vintages and as a single malt ever since bar once in 2008 when there was a limited expression created from some earlier old stocks from Cooley still in cask, which were married and released as a 15yo.
The latest update to the Knappogue Castle story is that from 2010 they will change from Vintage to a standard 12yo expression and release other limited edition aged bottlings.
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| 1992 L0||Cooley||40.0||1992||2000||*|
Private Selection 750ml (US Only)
| Bushmills||40.0||1100||Feb 1994||Dec 2009||*|
|1995 L9 (new label)||Bushmills||40.0||1995||2009||*|
| 16yo Twin Wood||Bushmills||40.0||1900||1994||2010||*|
| 17yo Twin Wood||Bushmills||40.0||4500||1994||2011|
| 1949 34yo Cask 3||Tullamore||42.0|| 1 Cask||1949||1984|
|1949 36yo Cask 8||Tullamore||42.0||1 Cask||1949||1985|
|1950 26yo Cask *||Tullamore||??.?||1 Cask||1950||1977|
|1950 33yo Cask 2||Tullamore||42.0||1 Cask||1950||1983|
|36yo Cask 7||Tullamore||40.0||1 Cask||1951||1987|
|36yo Cask 8||Tullamore||40.0||1 Cask||1951||1987|
| 36yo Cask 9||Tullamore||40.0||1 Cask||1951||1987|
| 36yo Cask 10||Tullamore||40.0||1 Cask||1951||1987|
|36yo Cask 13||Tullamore||40.0||1 Cask||1951||1987|
|36yo Cask 19||Tullamore||40.0||1 Cask||1951||1987|
| 1958 Cask 39||Bushmills||46.0|| 1 Cask||1958||1975|
| 1964 Cask 3||Bushmills||46.0|| 1 Cask||1964||1977|
Some Photo's Reproduced with the kind permission of Whisky Exchange
* Bottles I currently own# Bottles I used to own but alas are no more