Review No.151. Knockando 1995 (18 Year Old)

Knockando is another Speyside distillery under the ownership of Diageo.  This is an important distillery for them as the malt produced here is used in their J&B Rare blend and is a popular single malt in France and Spain.  There is the 12, 15 and 18 year old in their range alongside some older vintage labelled bottles.  This 18 yer old 1995 vintage has been matured fully in ex sherry casks and the distillery is known to use peated barley so expect a touch of smoke too.


Whisky: Knockando 1995 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 43%

Nose: Pine, light honey, vanilla, grass, spice

Taste: Oak, malt, biscuit, honey syrup, pepper spice, mulled wine

Finish: Sweet syrup and oak

Score: 2.5

Summary: This is a gentle but rich single malt with a good presence of malt flavour.  I was expecting more of those traditional sherry flavours such as dried fruits, nuts and chocolate but it doesn’t quite come through to me.  Instead, I get a mix of malt and pepper spice with honey sweetness.  At 18 years old I was expecting more complexity but it just didn’t arrive.  At about £60 this is not a bad price for an 18 year old whisky given how the market is changing.  Overall a decent sipping whisky that is not going to amaze you.



Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf


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