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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

Knockando Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Speyside Distillery Information

Knockando Distillery History

John Tytler Thomson established Knockando distillery in 1898 on the lands of Cnoc-an-dhu, gaelic for small black hillock, between the villages of Knockando and Archiestown.


The distillery was built here to take advantage of the Cardnach spring water, which has been described as being of particularly high quality for whisky production.


Kockando-Glenlivet Distillery Co was taken over by W. & A. Gilbey Ltd in1904


In 1962 ownership passes to IDV Ltd formed by joining of W. & A. Gilbey and Unwin's, owners of Justerini & Brooks


Apart from during the war years – when most distilleries were closed – Knockando has been in production every year since 1904.


The distillery’s excellent production records will have been helped by the fact that Knockando is a major component in J&B blended whisky. J&B became a major brand in the United States of America thanks to the help Mr Abe Rosenberg whose expertise in the whisky industry increased exports of J&B in the States from 25,000 cases to 3.5million cases per year!


The distillery was largely rebuilt in 1969 when production was increased with the number of stills doubled from 2 to 4 after the floor maltings had been discontinued the previous year.


Labels state date of distillation and date of bottling.

Major contributor to J&B blends.

Knockando Distillery, Knockando, Morayshire AB38 7RT

Tel: +44 (0)1340 810205


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Knockando Single Malt Scotch Distillery Bottlings

Bottled as a vintage with the number of years maturing stated on the bottle (between 12 and 14 years) so that the whisky is bottled at its best


Knockando 12 year old

Knockando 18 year old

Knockando 21 year old


Distillery tasting notes supplied by Diageo

Knockando 12 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky


Smooth, complex layers of flowery, nutty, slightly smoky notes.


Strength: 40% ABV

Appearance: Pale gold.


Nose: Sweet and aromatic, with light nutty notes.


Body: Light and smooth - a little "creamy".


Palate: Delicate, soft and fruity with a hint of almonds.


Finish: Smooth, toffee and creamy notes, becoming dryer.


Knockando 18 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky


Matured slowly in sherry casks, it's accessible in both aroma and flavour; easy to drink, young at heart for an 18 year old.


Strength: 43% ABV

Appearance: Pale amber.


Body: Mouth filling.


Palate: Pleasant to drink straight - sweet, with deeper almond notes, hints of sherry and light oak, some malty flavours.

With a little water (not too much) still sweet and mouth-filling; some digestive biscuits.


Finish: Medium length. Warm and smooth.


Knockando 21 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky


Warming, fruity nose then smooth and rich-bodied with hints of oak and nuts on the palate and in the intense, peaty finish.


Strength: 43% ABV

Appearance: Full honey.


Body: Mellow and intense.


Palate: Soft, smooth and very rich. Oak and almond notes with a hint of strawberry and velvety fruit.


Finish: Intense, with a hint of oak, lightly fruity and peaty.


Knockando Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Older Distillery Bottlings

Knockando 1990

Knockando 1992

Knockando 1993



Knockando Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Independent Bottlings  

Duncan Taylor Collection,

Old Malt Cask Douglas Laing

Un-Chill Filtered  (Signatory).

Knockando Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Distillery Style Tasting Notes


Nose: Very light and delicate. Fresh, grassy, heather.


Palate: Light and creamy. Gentle fruit, honey, salty!


Finish: Delicate fruit and nutty.

Founded in 1898 by John Tytler Thomson.

Location: Speyside region Central district Spey Valley

Water source: Cardnach spring


Knockando Whisky Distilling Equipment

Stainless Steel mash tun

8 Oregon pine washbacks

2 Wash stills 2 Spirit pot stills.

Matured in American oak bourbon hogsheads with some European sherry casks