Knockando located in Speyside is a small distillery with distilling capacity of 1.4 million liters of spirit per annum.
Its name derives from the Gaelic “Cnoc an dhu” and translates to “little black hill”. Currently the distillery is owned by Diageo and works up to its capacity. Knockando malt has been very popular in Spain, Italy and France but by far its biggest “recipient” is J&B brand – Knockando has been part of the original formula of J&B Rare from the 1930s. The Slow Matured 18 years old expression comprises whisky aged in ex-sherry casks and is destined mainly for the French market. The bottle presented here contains whisky distilled in 1998.
Nose: fruity with delicate sherry notes, dark chocolate, raisins, prunes, dried pears, orange peel, honey, almonds, oak, hints of tobacco and leather.
Palate: lots of sherry characteristics, honey, caramel, apples, prunes, raisins, hazelnuts, cocoa powder, licorice, ginger and pleasant oaky bitterness.
Finish: medium long, with notes of dark chocolate, espresso, prunes, raisins, bitter orange marmalade, oak and touch of leather.