Knappogue Castle 1994 Master Distiller's Private Selection, 40%

Price: $100 Issue: Summer 2010 Reviewer: John Hansell

Close to one year later than the previous Knappogue Castle release, a 15 year old expression, and distinctly different in flavor profile. (Think different distilleries.) This one, triple-distilled, suggests Bushmills origin. Very clean and polished. Gently sweet, too, with powdered vanilla, honeyed malt, complex tropical fruit (tangerine, kiwi, coconut, pineapple), and creamy marshmallow. Clean, gently sweet finish. Not the most complex Irish I've ever tasted, but the flavors that are there are tight and well-balanced.