This very fruity and delicately floral version and its beautiful herbaceous freshness unmistakably echoes the outstanding Knappogue Castle 1994 (cask 888139) from our 2022 creation catalogue. At once soberly classic and overflowing with exoticism and lyricism, its palette of flavours and aromas is a true ode to Ireland. The first in a colourful triptych destined for the banks of the River Douro (Knappogue Castle 2000) with a stopover in the Cadiz region (Knappogue Castle 1997).
Single Cask: #888138
Nose : Lively and fresh. The wonderfully exotic (passion fruit, pineapple, banana), lemony, vanilla, honeyed (acacia) and lush (barley field) first nose reveals incredible distinction. Allowed to breathe, juicy pears, verbena and star anise are added to the initial aromas. The dynamic palette of aromas then becomes increasingly medicinal (ointment), resinous and herbaceous (rosemary, sage).
Palate : Frank, invigorating. Tracing a line of vanilla and lemon that goes to the very heart of the palate, the attack is also captivatingly exotic. On the mid-palate, notes of candied ginger, fresh walnut and coriander bring lots of smoothness to the flavour palette. Next, florals (iris butter, lily, hyacinth) fragrance a particularly rich (vanilla flan) end to the palate.
Finish : Long, appealing. Characterised by a very pleasant malty bitterness, the start of the finish invites us to enjoy a frozen yoghurt. At the end of the finish, notes of cut hay, lucerne and white mint create a natural finale. The spicy (cardamom, nutmeg) and vanilla retronasal olfaction produces a truly fruity-fresh feeling of rejuvenation. The empty glass reproduces the intense flavours of passion fruit, pineapple and banana found on the first nose.