Irish Whiskies, History, and Castles

It’s difficult to imagine that somewhere in the mid-20th century the majority of American whisky drinkers didn’t suspect the existence of Irish whiskey. It’s almost unbelievable that at the beginning of the same century, Ireland was producing 90% of the world’s whiskey (please mind the “e”).

Today, one of the oldest distilled spirits belongs to a special category that is enjoyed not only on St. Patrick’s Day, but on other numerous occasions, as well.


One of such occasions may as well be your next WoW Expo Austin or San Francisco. Presenting Castle Brands with their two original WoW-select products: Clontarf 1014 and Knappogue. Clontarf 1014 is a bold and smooth Irish whiskey that got its name from the historic Battle of Clontarf in 1014, when the High King Brian Boru sent fearsome Viking invaders tumbling back into the sea and gave his life to achieve a remarkable victory for the Irish forces. Knappogue, another whisky from the Emerald Isle, was created by American Mark Edwin Andrews, the first modern-day owner of the 15th century Knappogue Castle in Ireland, who, following his passion, first restored the castle to perfection, then turned his passion to bottling exceptional-quality single malt Irish whiskies. Years later, Mark Edwin Andrews’ son followed his father’s footsteps by continuing to bottle a multi-awarded whiskey of remarkable character, smoothness, and elegance.


Hope this official “historic” introduction was conducive enough to discover the tasting profiles yourself.