In 1966, Mark Edwin Andrews purchased Knappogue Castle, a 15th century castle in Ireland that was then in ruins. He and his wife, a prominent architect, embarked on an ambitious program of restoration to return the glory and grandeur of Knappogue Castle. It was around this same time that Mark Andrews began buying casks of fine pot still whiskey from the top distilleries in Ireland. The casks were further aged and bottled under the Knappogue Castle label. His last bottling, a 1951 vintage aged 36 years, is revered by connoisseurs as the oldest and rarest commercially available Irish whiskey on the market.
Many years later, his son, Mark Andrews III, would bring Knappogue 1951 and his father's legacy to the United States and other international markets. Knappogue Castle Single Malt Irish Whiskey is named for the castle that inspired it, but the word itself has a meaning of its own. Knappogue (pronounced Nah' Pogue) translates to "hill of the kiss" in Gaelic. Such a romantic word is only fitting for such a beautiful and iconic landmark.