The Knappogue 12yr Irish Whiskey is the first move of the brand away from vintage expressions and into age statements. It is described as having an "elegant fruit, mildly spicy, citrus taste." The 12yr expression--aged in bourbon whiskey barrels--is the first move of Knappogue in producing age statement whiskeys rather than vintage expressions in order to highlight the long aging and premium status of their whiskey.
In a sterling review from Drink Spirits (Geoff Kleinman) called it "a perfect example of a great Irish whiskey that manages to capture a great deal of flavor and complexity from the malted barley and present them in a light and affable manner."
Knappogue Irish whiskeys are named for Knappogue Castle from restoration efforts undertaken by Lavone Dickensheets Andrews. During that period, he "amassed an impressive and rare collection of pure pot still whiskey produced at the B. Daly Distillery." The Kanppogue whiskeys were bottled as specific yearly vintages beginning in 1951. There was not another vintage until 1990, which then ran concurrently for 6 years under contract by Irish Distillers (the makers of Jameson irish Whiskey).