Knappogue Castle 16yr Sherry Cask Finish Irish whiskey was first released in February of 2011. It is aged for 15 years and 3 months in American bourbon barrels and then given a final 9 month resting or "finish" in sherry casks. Thus the name: Twin Wood. It is meant to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Knappogue's vintage 1951 whiskey. It was originally a limited edition whiskey with only 1,900 bottles available--all signed by the master distiller.
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.