March 2017 Pick of the Month

Each month, Flight Club selects a club-endorsed “Pick of the Month.”  The parameters on the Pick of the Month are (a) locally available in Wichita, Kansas (b) under $40 and (c) something believed to be a good value or limited availability at the moment.  We invite everyone (Club members or not) to break open a bottle and provide comment and feedback. 

Knockmore Irish Whiskey
Bottle: Knockmore Irish Whiskey (Burgardt Retail Liquor)

Price: $21.99

Producer: Southwest Spirits & Wine

Proof: 80

Age: NAS (reportedly a blend of 2-year single malt and 8-10 year grain and malt whiskies)

Mashbill: unknown

This bottle is newly released to the market, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. It will be available for sale beginning March 3rd and will not be offered for a better price anywhere than Burgardt Retail Liquor. If you go, ask for Brandon, and he will point you in the right direction.

We will be sampling this brand new whiskey soon and sharing our tasting notes and personal thoughts. Drop in to Burgardt and pick up a bottle so that you can feature something other than Jameson for St. Patrick’s Day. Then, post a comment with your thoughts.

14 Replies to “March 2017 Pick of the Month”

  1. Tasted Tuesday and need to revisit for better notes but my overall impression was: fresh lemon and baking spice on the nose that follows into the palate with candied citrus and red fruits. The finish is medium length with a warm vanilla note and baking spice.

  2. This month’s pick embodies many familiar Irish Whiskey notes, but departs a bit with some unique character for a pretty low price point. A just-hit-the-market pick, and I like it.

    On the nose I immediately get artificial or slightly medicinal lemon (not in a bad way, just that warm lemon vapor), some grain and a light amount of vanilla. The palate is creamy. Initially, its grain forward, but transitions nicely to some spices and then fresh lemon. The finish is medium, and continues with the lemon, giving me thoughts of chewy lemon bars.

    The old and the new whiskeys blend nicely together, but each brings its own persona to the party. The finish is really solid and brings me back to wanting more – something I attribute to the older whiskies in the blend. The creamy graininess (from nose to finish) is something I attribute to the younger whiskey, but it does add some interesting character.

    This is one I’d definitely recommend to someone who has experience with familiar Irish Whiskey brands, but who wants to try something just a little different.

    All in all, a solid recommendation!

  3. Nose: freshly cut grass, citrus, vanilla.

    Palate: cold butter, then baking spice, sourdough, and lemon.

    Finish: medium, though longer than expected at 80-proof. Olive oil, lemon and vanilla.

    There are many 80-proof Irish whiskies. At this price, Knockmore is a full flavored and interesting pick. Those who enjoy Irish whiskey will appreciate the change of pace from Tullamore DEW and Jameson at this price point. It’s always refreshing when new products hit the market with something unique to offer. Thanks to Brandon and Burgardt Retail Liquor for the recommendation!

  4. Nose: Lemon citrus with a hint of butter.

    Palate: Light creamy mouth feel with faint touches of charred oak.

    Finish: mild, quick finish leaving me desiring more.

    Overall a decent low priced Irish whiskey but I desire more flavor from our red headed brotheren. (I reserve the right to add comments as I continue to lower the quantity in this bottle.)

  5. Nose: Light butter and vanilla.
    Palate: Creamy with a spicy lemon finish.
    Finish: medium with lingering spice.

    I was not impressed at first, but my experiences in Irish whiskey have been the much higher end single pot still offerings. After a second pour, I began to appreciate the complexity of the spiciness when compared to say a standard Bushmills, which in my opinion is very bland. Overall a pretty good pour for $22!

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