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 since the 1930s. The Slow Matured 18 years old expression comprises whisky aged in ex-sherry casks and is destined mainly for the French market. Here we have a bottle of ‘slow matured’ Knockando 1991 Vintage.
Nose: pretty spicy with delicate sherry notes, cinnamon, pepper, cloves, vanilla, caramel, orange peel, raisins, potpourri, candle wax and oak.
Palate: fruity with spicy tang, raisins, red berries, hazelnuts, milk chocolate, vanilla, honey, caramel, cinnamon, pepper and delicate oaky bitterness.
Finish: medium long, with notes of cocoa powder, vanilla cream, caramel, pepper, mixed nuts and pretty strong oaky dryness.