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July 20, 2018


Two wee Knockando

My compatriots keep quaffing it all, it seems. So not much Knockando around I’m afraid, while the indies just wouldn’t do any. I remember an old Cadenhead, then some by Blackadder, D. Laing and D. Taylor, and that’s more or less it. But I’ve probably missed a few…

Knockando 12 yo 2004 (43%, OB, +/-2016)

Knockando 12 yo 2004 (43%, OB, +/-2016) Three stars
We’re trying to taste most vintages of this baby. They’re usually good, pretty easy, and in my opinion do make for perfect access-category malt whiskies. Colour: straw. Nose: it really is very nice, and it seems that there’s rather less ‘caramel/fudge-y’ notes than, say ten years ago. Nice malty notes, Weetabix, Jaffa cake, apple crumble, sponge cake, compote, milk chocolate, chicory… Mouth: a tad rougher, and this time you’ll find a caramelly side. Mars bar, toasted bread, brioche… The background is a wee tad oaky/drying, perhaps, or say on bitter chocolate, but that’s more than fine, really. Finish: medium, very much on chocolate. Some marmalade and tobacco in the aftertaste. Comments: solid, rather firmer than its lighter compadre Cardhu, and a little old-school. We’re talking 1980.
SGP:441 – 81 points.

Knockando 18 yo 1994 ‘Slow Matured’ (43%, OB, +/-2012)

Knockando 18 yo 1994 ‘Slow Matured’ (43%, OB, +/-2012) Three stars
Missed this one when it came out, sorry. Oh, and did you ever notice that strictly all Knockandos are bearing vintage statements? Oh, and always liked that mention, ‘slow matured’. I suppose they’re using those famous ‘long years’ that other makers are advertising ad libitum. Colour: gold. Nose: pear cake and white chocolate, plus Weetabix again and marzipan. Some coffee too. I think this one’s much nicer than the 1995 and 1996 that I’ve already tried (do first things first next time, S.!) Mouth: yes, this is fine, really, even if I enjoyed the brighter 12 better. Many burnt cakes, some kind of smoked cakes, brownies, Ovaltine, chicory, bitter oranges, walnuts… Tends to become oloroso-y indeed, but there’s also this drying side, cocoa, black tea… Finish: medium, chocolaty, roasted, malty. Comments: again, I tend to enjoy the 12 a wee bit better, but both are very fine drams in my book.
SGP:451 - 81 points.

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