Today I've got an obscure one, unless you live in France. Knockando is a giant Diageo Speyside distillery. It's also the reason why the whisky from Knockdu distillery is called anCnoc.
Knockando is sold as a cheaper single malt in France. When I saw an 18 year old single malt for under €40 I thought, well why not.
Apparently this has been 'Slow Matured' in sherry casks. From the darkest, dampest corners of the warehouse.
Knockando 18 43%
Nose: Damp and musty. Damp earth, musty warehouse, damp dust, dust motes, light fruitiness in the background. More fruity with time with sherry influence coming through. Dusty fruit- Apple, some raisin, peaches and cream, creamy vanilla, rose, Turkish Delight, some charcoal, coffee. Wine-y fruitiness, almost port-like- Blackberries, plums, blackcurrents.
After some time- More fragrant and floral with lots of rose petals, oak and general youthful zestiness- Lemon and lime.
Taste: Creamy arrival with light dusty fruit- Apple, lots of bitter lime peel, lemon, wine-y note- Red grape and bitter oaky tannins. Rich spices develop and build going very dry- Dry cinnamon powder and ginger mingling with bitter lime citrus.
Finish: Long length. Big bitter black coffee hit then spices linger nicely.
Hits in some ways, falls short in others.
Thanks for reading!
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