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We’re Recapping Chilled 100 ELEVATE: Dinner Hosted by Knappogue Castle Whiskey

Vincenzo’s in downtown Louisville is known among locals as a fine-dining establishment for celebrations and special occasions—and one group of ELEVATE attendees commemorated the end of the annual event by enjoying their final meal at the Italian eatery.

Over a steak and fish dinner, the bartenders enjoyed various cocktails crafted with Knappogue Castle single-malt Irish whiskey. The welcome cocktail of the night was inspired by Kerry apple cake, otherwise known as Irish apple cake. Dubbed a kerry kiss spritz, the drink was a blend of apple juice, Knappogue Castle whiskey, amaretto, fresh cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger beer, and Frangelico.

The second cocktail was a twist on a London fog latte, which is typically made with Earl Grey tea and bergamot lavender. The ELEVATE dinner version boasted Knappogue Castle whiskey, Earl Grey tea, bergamot liqueur, and lavender simple syrup. And to pair with dessert, guests were served a chai’rish coffee. The riff on classic Irish coffee featured chai tea, Bailey’s, amaretto, Knappogue Castle whiskey, and coffee.

Bartenders were also treated to a straight tasting of Knappogue Castle Irish whiskey. “Knappogue in Gaelic means ‘hill of the kiss,’” explained Tara Gillum, who owns Steiner’s Speakeasy in Chillicothe, OH.

“It was a passion project that basically evolved into this brand.”

Named after the actual castle in Ireland in which it sits, Knappogue Castle’s products are made with pure Irish spring water and malted barley. The company currently has 12-, 14-, and 16-year-old expressions available, and ELEVATE attendees sampled all three.

The 12-year-old is the brand’s signature, and is made exclusively from malted barley; the 14-year-old is a combination of single malts aged in bourbon barrels and Oloroso sherry casks; and the 16-year-old is aged for a minimum of 14 years in bourbon barrels, then finished in Oloroso sherry casks to complete its 16-year aging process.

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