Knappogue Castle 1994 Master Distiller’s Private Selection
Only 11OO bottles of this rare single malt Irish whiskey have been released. Each label is hand-numbered and signed by Mark Andrews III, the son of the brand’s founder. Distilled in February of 1994, this exclusive whiskey was bottled in December, 2OO9, just shy of 16 years, and exhibits a mellow, complex taste and medium, pleasing intensity. This bottling carries on an Andrews family tradition. Each year, the first Mark Edwin Andrews, and he first modern-day owner of the 15th century Knappogue Castle in County Clare, Ireland, would ask the master distiller of the neighboring B. Daly Distillery to select the most flavorful and distinct barrels of Irish whiskey and to bottle that vintage once it had reached the ideal flavor and depth of character. Although strictly allocated, the Private Selection is available in limited quantities to retailers and on-premise. Suggested retail is $99. Available from United Liquors.