In the early 1900's, the finest whiskey in Ireland was often sold in casks rather than in bottles. Spirits merchants bought the filled barrels, aged them and bottled the whiskey under their own brand names. In the 1960's, Mark Edwin Andrews, an American with strong ties to Ireland, began buying casks of fine pot still whiskey from the top distilleries in Ireland. He aged them and bottled them under the 'Knappogue Castle' label, named after the castle in Ireland that he owned. The Andrews family has carried on the Knappogue Castle legacy with both vintage dated and, more recently, age statement releases like this 12 Year Old. Their brand is typically distilled at Cooleys or Bushmills.