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Member Reviews and Ratings of Knappogue Castle 12 Year Old
As advertised. Smooth and sweet with a lingering spicy finish. A good Irish single malt for the price
Lemongrass, honey, melon on the nose. The taste is bright and slightly acidic with apples, herbs, and fresh vegetal notes like greens and cucumber, but there is some character from the barrel: woody tannin and a wisp of smoke. Very intriguing, one that sets itself apart from other Irish whiskies I've had.
Highly enjoyed the notes of vanilla and the mild burn
Great for a Irish whiskey
Very smooth. Very drinkable. I'm normally a scotch person and I really like drinking it on the rocks.
A beautiful, smooth Irish Whiskey. A definite step up from Jamesons and Tullamore Dew.
Very smooth and rich. The nose has a touch of maple syrup (no doubt from the bourbon casks) and the first taste is smooth yet has a spicy finish! Surprised that this is an Irish Whisky! I like it. I like it a lot!
Loved it at first taste! This was my first Irish Whiskey and I was pleasantly surprised. Very smooth. I look forward to trying more!
Very smooth and fruity but with a little of that bourbon sweetness from the cask. Irish but drinks like a scotch
Fruity and mild sweetness, dry
Decent Irish whiskey, sweet with some pepper notes. Not my fave from the Irish bunch, but a good contender. Enjoy with a nice mild-medium cigar.
Easy to drink. Easy to get along with.
At first I was just okay with this one but at the bottom of the bottle I’m ready to add another to my liquor cabinet. Quite good 👍🏻
I didn't like it at all. I would expected a smoother whiskey for a 12 years old bottle.
Smooth sipper, amazing for the price.
Rich honey with a backbone of oak balanced with freshness from light spice and nutty notes. Easy drinking and flavorful single malt. Just rich enough and not too sweet - could be a great gateway for the scotch purist into the pleasures of Irish Whiskey
Very nice Irish whiskey. Smooth.
I enjoyed this whiskey very much. It was smooth to drink with no burn or hard bite.
I didn’t know much about knappogue castle. I was more than happy with my first tasting of the 12 year old Single Malt. I went into it blind, I didn’t read any tasting notes or reviews before my first taste. Wow was I surprised. On the nose sweet and that typical biscuits note. The taste is fruity and a little nutty. It is such a good whisky that even my wife (who is not a whisky drinker really liked it. Well done Knappogue Castle.
Excellent single malt. Great around the campfire.
Lots of honey and cookies. Warm finish. Didn't catch much spice but that's alright with me when it's so smooth and sweet. Very much enjoyed this bottle.
Drank it neat
Smooth. Nice easy after dinner drink.
Very smooth with a nice finish.
Amazing flavor with a smooth finish
More like a scotch then a whiskey. I enjoyed it and think it is like a middle tward high drink. Spicy in the beginning taste better after cold and after first sip
Irish whiskey drinkers probably won't like this, but Scotch drinkers rejoice. It's certainly the best Irish whiskey I've ever had, because it tastes like a Scotch whiskey: smoke, citrus, peat and iodine.
Sweet, smooth and light. It leaves a nice burn in your mouth, which I personally like. The flavor doesn't have that much depth and disappears kinda fast.
Smooth and delicious
What a way to waste $50. I didn't like it at all. Although it has a nice nose: honey, vanilla, and a bit of oak, the taste was really disappointing. A lot of burn, no depth, and it disappears immediately. I hoped to save the bottle by using it with mixers, but not good either. Awful with cola (I never drink whiskey or Scotch with cola, but I hoped it would be drinkable). I will probably save it just for when unwelcomed family members show up at the house. I can't believe people are saying this is smooth.
Great for the price point. It's my daily drinker. Very smooth and good taste.
Loved it. It was very smooth and had a great taste. Great on ice.
While not as complex as some of its scotch counterpart single malts of the same age and price range, it is a delightful fruity, pretty good tasting sipper . I am enjoying the bottle that I got. I am a firm believer that there is really no bad whiskey, just some are better than others.
For the price, I was quite pleased.
Didn't quite care for it when I got the bottle and poured a dram. After a month or so, I poured another dram and it was much better. Flaviar's notes match my own. Smooth, lighter bodied than other single malts, and has a nice gentle warming finish. Honestly, for the price this is a great daily sipper.
Very nice, light. was not ready for the gentle warmth, and much to my surprise, it was delightful.
Good all around middle of the road drink
light and smooth start and develops some complexity in the finish
I am usually a single malt scotch drinker. So this whiskey was a much lighter, softer mouth experience. But for the price I would buy again as a very smooth, mellow sippin whiskey.
Not Impressed, a bit of a bite, without a smooth finish
Smooth. Opened my eyes to the single malt
Very nice. Apple and honey nose. Honey and fruit flavor. Smooth finish.
Really enjoyed this.
Sort of reminded me of a Jameson rip off. Not very great
Strong notes of apple with more mellow biscuits and honey accents. Tasting its apples in the front followed by honey and biscuits which linger.
First impression underwhelmed. BUT THEN!! Knappogue Castle is the reason Irish coffee!! Sipping straight it’s really good until the finish? The best description, it goes down with a hint of laundry detergent after taste. I almost wonder if I got a bad bottle? I can’t believe people are that impressed with it with that on the back end. However it went from 3-4 stars (generous) to 8 stars (a little harsh) when we discovered how wonderful it goes in Irish Coffee! Maybe I should push it to 9 stars! It’s that good in the right drink.
Easy drinking, and well rounded. Extremely pleasant to sip at the end of the day.
Great whiskey and pleasantly complex for a 12 year. Great citrus flavors mixed with a nice spiciness and some surprising shortbread and banana flavor notes.
I enjoyed it, but to be honest I can’t remember anything notable about it. A decent whiskey, but doesn’t really stand out.
Very smooth, nice mouthfeel. Honey notes very enjoyable.
Sweet start, harsh finish. Not what I expected.
Like it. Smooth. Works well straight,on rocks, or as a mixer
Smoother than expected
Nice aroma, good hints but a slightly harsh finish for me. Not my top pick but certainly better than many out there.
Very smooth, love the hints, great finish!!
Did not really standout to me. Tasted like a solid plain scotch
Harsh, not for me. Much better out there.
Excellent Excellent Excellent
Smooth, not too smoky for my liking. Warm well rounded front with an oaky finish
Excellent sipper with or without a dab of water.
Not for me. Too harsh - I usually favor the smoother choices out there. Reminded me of Powers, but I’m no expert.
Very smooth. Extremely satisfying. Will be reordering for the bar.
This was just ok for me. Maybe I'm not an Irish Whiskey fan, maybe this just isn't anything to write home about in general.
Very smooth, easy to drink
Smokey flavor and extremely smooth!
Solid whiskey. Smooth, aromatic, rich flavor.
This whisky is amazing. The honey note smoothes it out immediately on the tongue. The spicy, toasted, and nutty flavors created a rounded experience. Drinks more like a scotch for me than the typical Irish whiskies I've had--and that is a huge compliment. Will definitely keep this on hand all the time.
Very smooth irish whiskey
This is a very lovely, smooth Irish single malt. Not peaty at all. You can definitely taste the toastiness in the finish. Very nice with a soft white cheese.
Very smooth. Splash of water brings out the flavor.
Very fruity. Nice to sip on but a bright tart flavor. The bouquet was very green apple for me. Sipped a little spicy. I will enjoy.
This is the fruitiest whiskey I've ever encountered. It tastes like creme de banana. It's not BAD. But it's kind of a... novelty whiskey?
Smooth and fruity
Normally a scotch drinker. The biscuit description is very accurate. As I drink more of the glass I can taste other flavors, but the biscuit is very pronounced.
This whiskey changes completely depending on how you drink it. Neat, very spicy, warm and a little caramel. Add a single ice cube or a drop of tap water and it opens to reveal true complexity. Sweet, reminiscent of shortbread and honey. The alcoholic nature melts away and becomes a wonderfully different experience.
Quite enjoyed it. Lovely mouth feel drunk neat, but I did also enjoy it immensely over ice.
Smooth and buttery, Now I want to try the rest of their offerings..
Wow! I’m all In on this one. I’ll take one more please.
Pretty decent stuff. Loved the mouth feel. Definitely got fruity notes out of it. Had a bit of spice as well. Felt more scotchy to me.
Smooth, with a hit of spice at the end. Not sure about the 'Biscuts and honey with allspice' nose, as I have no idea what that is supposed to smell like. Seems sort of vanilla-ish, mildly sweet but otherwise I am not picking up much else.
My Irish whiskey experience is not extensive, but this smooth and buttery beauty has found a new permanent home in my bar!
On first dram, I didn't care for this. It was my first Irish whiskey. On the second and third go around, I really started enjoying it, enough to want to try some other Irish labels.
The taste has notes of vanilla creme brulee that is really delicious as a sipping whiskey. A little bit of oak spice but really mild. A little bit of cracked pepper on the nose. Really great!
Toasty, spicy goodness
For an Irish whiskey, this had a little more of a bite to it than expected. Good, strong character, but missing some flavoring that would make it more enjoyable.
Smooth with a true Irish Whiskey finish
Flavor notes: spicy with a soapy discharge.
Very smooth, perfect for casual, easy drinking.
A very nice single malt. I got hone, earth, grass on the nose. Has some nice spice and a bit of heat neat. A splash of water and it turned real mellow, smooth, a bit more thickness and honey-like. Overall, as others have said, a lovely, easy way to end an evening (and for a pretty good price).
Don't usually drink single malt but wow was this good. Great price as well! Sweet but not too sweet.
Very smooth and great taste. spice, chocolate and vanilla notes...I could drink it on it’s own very easily.
Very smooth whiskey with a hint of honey sweetness.
Nice light way to end the day on a daily. It has a mellow finish with not much of an aftertaste
Perfect amt of bite, a good daily drink. Nice mellow finish
First greeted with a subtle sweetness to be followed up with a nutty fruit on the pallet and a warm spice. A summertime sipper to enjoy outside on the deck
- Dr. Whiskey
Smooth. Honey. Spicy.
Drop of water not as good. Drink it straight up
Tastes more like Scottish whiskey than Irish.
I enjoyed this bottle. Quite smooth with a little sweetness. I just received a bottle of the 14 year old and will review when I have enjoyed a few more glasses!
Was good, took A bit to get used to, but grew on me.
Smooth and sweet
Smooth, compared to Scottish whiskeys....would def recommend!
Good flavor, would drink again
Really smooth! Great taste. I looked at the flavor wheel and wanted to identify as many of the flavors as possible. I was able to taste most of them. Loved the sweetness of it as well.
I agree with Mark. Smoother than I anticipated. Also great value at this price point
A little scotch-ier all around than most Irish whiskeys I've tried. Definitely get the heavy honey biscuit flavors on the nose - but nothing too deep. Big honey and nutty almond flavor throughout the taste - nothing too complex again. Oak-y spice towards the end, some orange zest a bit as well. Not as much heat as I'd expect from something Irish, but also missing a few notes that I typically like in Irish tipples.
Super surprised at how good this Irish Single Malt is. Thanks to Flaviar I have a new favorite.
Smooth and drinkable. Honey is present on the tongue as well as almond and some spice. The fruit comes through later as it is more subtle. This is a first rate Irish Whisky and a happy addition to my collection.
Excellent nose and no hot bite on initial tasting. The nose smoothed out and lost some of the initial sweetness and underlying spiciness as it sat. As it sat in my mouth I was reminded of the pleasant aftertaste of shortbread. That said, it’s a bit mellow in the later tastings and didn’t develop deep flavors overtime. Even so, I enjoyed it and consider it a mellow easy sipper, straight up - not to be mixed - that I’m happy to have in my collection.
Very good and much smoother than I expected. I’d buy this again.
A little rough around the edges... Good flavour but not very smooth and a bit spicier than expected
Mild. Smooth. Could be a bar staple go-to.
For the price it's great. A splash of lime juice shaken on the rocks is a wonderfully refreshing summer drink
Nice, smooth single malt. I’m new to single malt Irish whiskey, so I wasn’t sure what to expect but the 12 is quite good. I’ll still lean towards blended Irish whiskey for now but this is making me think twice.
Clean and smooth. Has a very nice finish. Very quickly became one of my favorites!
It was not as smooth as I had expected. There is quite a peppery finish to it.
Incredibly smooth! Beautiful vapors!
Funky and brilliant
Very smooth, very little aftertaste. Love the softness.
Smooth, complex. Much better than expected. Will definitely get more ordered up for myself and friends.
Very sweet and nutty, not the biggest fan of the aftertaste
I rather enjoyed this whiskey. It has a bit of a multiple personality, it burns, then has a curiously refreshing flavor, only to burn for the remainder of the trip. This refreshing flavor reminds me of a cool breeze off the ocean on a warm day at the beach. That was the sentiment I had every time I too a drink. I liked it and will experience it again, for sure.
Light, not too hot. Easy to drink, and similar to My general local selection. If you have friends getting into scotch, they would enjoy this. If you’re used to ‘more’ from a bottle, keep looking. And yes, I would buy it again.
Took me a couple of tries to like this one, but it grows on you rapidly. Very smooth, complex finish, excellent when enjoyed "neat." I'll be ordering this one again.
Great, smooth and delicious
I like this whiskey its aftertaste is very nice. The honey and fruit are evident. I like the smooth taste.
Fabulous, very smooth. Great from the first taste.
I was surprised by the excellent aftertaste of this whiskey.
Very smooth sipping
Not your typical Irish Whiskey. This is very smooth neat. If you let it sit for a minute to air out even better.
Very smooth and light. Enjoyed it.
Good, better straight than neat or with ice.
A very pleasantly complex Irish whiskey. I have always been high on Red Breast, but this tops it in my book.
It is a smooth whiskey. It is lightly sweat. That's a plus for me. I don't like sweat whiskey. When I added a little water the fruit and the honey smell burst out. Has a light spice towards the end but nothing with a bit. I enjoy it.
Rich, smooth, biscuit, slight honey, spice.
First dram was very medicinal on the nose, but suprisingly sweet and smooth at first sip. I was waiting for a bite, that never came, as it finished with a whisp of vanilla. The medicinal aroma lessens after some time to breath, and a couple of drops of water.
Wow! Biscuit and honey flavor and aroma were beautifully balanced with a long, smooth finish. Will definitely become a staple in my bar.
Delicious, surprisingly complex Irish whiskey that's a joy to sip from start to finish. The nose is light with hints of tropical fruits. After a few sips, the palate also reflects the strong tropical notes of pineapple and peach, followed by a great vanilla finish that lingers. Definitely benefits from a light splash of water. Highly recommend, especially for the price.
Great Whiskey!!! Surprised me.
Smooth and delicate, but also powerful. Nice honey and almonds accents. Dangerously good.
This was surprisingly smooth and delicious! Glad I got this bottle for sure! I’d get another! Or two...
Excellent mid-level Irish Whiskey, much smoother than I expected.
Flavor of this wasn’t for me.
A smooth drink but flavor profile not to my taste.
Nice, bold flavor, but without the overpowering bite that some Irish whisky's have. I tasted more hints of oak and caramel than I did fruit. Overall, a decent whisky.
Very smooth! Like it!
Very smooth and dangerously easy to drink
Smooth taste with a little bite on the finish. Great straight up or in Irish Coffee!!
Loved the honey and spice notes
Strong Carmel taste, cloudy coloring. Overall an okay bottle.
Very smooth with just a bite at the end. One of the best I've had for the price
I do not have a refined palette however I get a little bit fruit, spicy, and a hint of vanilla. The after taste is the honey (dark or regular my palette can’t tell, same for the rest of the stuff). All I know is it’s a nice drink neat or with an ice cube.
Super smooth with a great balance of spices.
Really pleasant scotch.
Great bottle. Very smooth. Sweet but not one note. Nice complexity. I'd put this in the home bar any day.
Very good Irish whisky. Taken straight is good, a dash of water is even better. Ice is a bit too much, dilutes the flavor.
Smooth with great flavor all the way through the finish. Best Irish Whiskey I've had. I look forward to trying the 14, 16, and 21 years from Knappogue as well.
i like the distinct fruity flavor that lingers.
Decently smooth, but nothing special to jump off the shelf for.
Somewhat bolder than most Irish whiskeys I’ve had - seems weightier, more complex.
Not my favorite. The finish is nice. But it had a medicine-like taste. Prefer a sweeter, fuller flavor
Great flavor and smoothness from the first sip.
Mellow with a wonderful whiskey finish on the upper pallet.
Very smooth and clean. Pleasant, lingering finish.
Very light and delicate. I thoroughly enjoy this bottle.
Nice, easy-sipping Irish Whiskey.
Smooth, easy to drink. If you like fruity flavors it’s great. Those fruit favors are a bit overwhelming at times, but it doesn’t make it suck. This feels like a whiskey you’d keep around for people who don’t like whiskey.
Subtle easy drinking nice on a warm evening
Good flavor. Strong Taste.
Slightly let down by this spirit. I really enjoy the Irish single malts, but this one lacked a lot of the flavors and characteristics that I’ve come to expect when drinking neat. Water opened it up, but not enough for my personal palette. Still an ok drink
Complex but can definitely pick out all of the flavors!
Very smooth with a great odor
Sweet Irish Whiskey. Really enjoyed this one neat.
The flavor spiral here is spot-on. Biscuits, honey, and dried fruits with warm and lingering finish. Outstanding!
Smooth and easy to drink. Great starter Scotch
My first Flaviar purchase, and a good one to start with. Smooth, easy to drink, a good nightcap.
I am traditionally a neat whisky drinker. It is a rare thing for me to add water/ice to my stash. I had read that a splash of water can make this whisky too fruity and sweet. However, I find that breaking my habit of "neatness" is the best thing I can do for Knappague Castle. It truly opens this dram up and brings out a world of flavor. A splash mellows the heat, which can be a bit overbearing at first since the heat seems to be the first flavor I pick up in the spiral. I get more of a flower-fruit flavor with a touch of water. A really good bottle. I give it a 7. Would certainly buy another in the future.
Very smooth, Really enjoyed this I’m glad it was recommended to me!
Its a solid whiskey, I would classify it as a beginners entry to whiskey. Thinner than I would prefer, smooth with a little harshness on the follow through.
Not bad, but worser than expected; it resembles Bushmills and Glenmorangie; it's too honey and sweet for me; but maybe for someone it worth of buying
Slightly on the peaty side for my taste, harsh on the first sip but smooths out with a nice finish
One of, if the best Whiskey I’ve ever tasted. Only reason I’m not giving it 10, is I’ve not had enough m, plus no one’s perfect.
Very smooth finish and delicious all around.
Sweet and spicy with woody undertones.
I really love this bottle. Such a smooth finish.
Good whiskey overall
Mild smoke, but still very smooth and drinkable. Strong value for a whiskey this good.
Very smooth and drinkable. Excellent bottle
Nice smooth whiskey.
This Whiskey is a wonderful value. I rate it as good as some whiskeys costing 50% more.
Spicy honey with fruit notes. Mild smoke in there too. Smooth
Very smooth. Excellent taste. Just a bit of a bite, but not unpleasant. My first Irish whiskey. Definitely want to try more.
A wonderfully smooth simple whiskey that delights your tastes. One drop of water releases the flavors. Tried straight then with one drop of water to release the hidden flavors.
Excellent mix of oak and fruit. I really enjoyed the 12 year and look forward to trying some of the older bottles. This is my go-to Irish whiskey. Great value for the price
For the money this stuff is magic. If you're classically a bourbon drinker this is the perfect cross the Atlantic whisky. Upfront flavor with a strong finish. One of my favorites. It's not terribly complex, but it's straightforward and well executed. The perfect go to.
This is a truly delicious single malt Irish Whisky that’s been aged in ex-bourbon barrels. If you are looking for a more full bodied Irish pour with a bit of oak and heat, grab a bottle of this 12 Year!
Absolutely delectable flavour profile. The oakiness is refreshing and slightly sweet, but there are many other delicate flavors and aromas to this one. I used a single ice cube rather than water and it really opened this one up.
Oaky finish. Smooth and lightly sweet. Delicious.
A wonderful Irish whisky. The honey and the spice are the most prominent in the flavor and you enjoy it all the more for it! A must try!
Fantastic finish. Shared some with my friend who isn't a whiskey fan. they loved it too due to the straightforward tastes to it.
Wonderful nose with a great finish.
If you like Jameson and are looking to branch out towards the single malt Irish whiskeys, then this is a great choice. It's affordable, smooth, and just sweet enough to stand out among some of the traditional Irish whiskeys.
Good Irish, hints of pear, flavors come one at a time
Tasted in a flight of four Irish Whiskeys. All I got on the nose was honey and I was surprised at the complexity of this when I took my first sip. There are some darker notes (probably the oak and almond) that really lasted on my palate. I might pick up a bottle of this down the road!
Very nice. Big floral notes, good finish. It’s Scotch like with out the smoke.
Spicy neat, sweeter on ice. A fair dram for the price.
Wow. Drinks easy with sweetness and fruit.
Midle what? What spot? You’ll be asking the same questions after tasting this. Do not pass it up.
Very smooth. Great flavors and no burn. Very soothing. Loved it and not expensive.
Very smooth and tasty. I'd buy it again.
Not normally a fan of Irish Whiskey, bought this on a whim. Knocked my socks off. Can be enjoyed neat. Ordering again!
Really good Irish Whiskey, smooth and flavorful.
I love it, my wife loves it this bottle is very smooth and easy on the pallet
Smooth with a sweet start moving to fruity in the middle. Very smooth and easy to enjoy.
It was really tasty, not too strong.
Smooth taste. Not overpowering. Hint of sweetness and no after taste or burn. Excellent whiskey and would recommend to everyone.
One of the smoothest Irish whiskies I’ve ever had.
The taste is a bit strong to me with very little subtlety. Fine with a splash of water.
I liked this a lot, as did my wife. it was very smooth with a great finish. Certainly beats Jameson.
I was able to enjoy a bottle of Single Barrel Select 2016: which had a delicate birth, a fruit filled life & a spicy oak death. While a bottle of Single Barrel Select 2017 had a creamy birth, with a peach filled life & a spicy oak death.
A wonderful tasting Irish Whiskey. Smooth and slightly sweet, while still retaining a delightfully warm and smoky presence. Me and my dad picked up a bottle for a fishing trip, and I would suggest it is best paired with a clear Rocky Mountain starlit night and a roaring fire.
Nice and smooth. Somewhat fruity. My stepdaughter loves Jamesons and says this beats that, hands down.
Was hoping for more from a twelve year old but still a nice pour
Excellent! Needed a touch of water to unlock all the flavors, of which there are many
Very smooth will buy again.
Hint of sweet fruit. Light burn lingers after the swig(smoothly). Bit perfume aroma. I dig
Bright and a little fruity, not much caramel notes or smoke to it. Goes down smooth, very little burn.
This is the best smoothest whisky yet that I have tried.
Should be a standard at every good Irishmen's bar!
Nice drink. Also appreciate good service and delivery.
nice and smooth
Great taste, specially for its price. Smooth and sweet, very light. A perfect drink for any night.
Very clean. Definitely triple distilled. Malt and citrus on the nose. Very clean on the palate with a short earthy finish. Exceptionally smooth with little to no bite, but a little dull/flat as such. I could drink a ton of it it's so smooth, but i'd never quite be satisfied on a complexity of taste level. Underwhelming, but a good effort worth a dram!