Although relatively little-known in the UK, Knockando is in fact Diageo's fifth best-selling malt due to its enormous popularity in France and Spain. Despite its popularity, less than 10% of production is kept for single malt as the remainder is required for the J & B blend, of which it is the heart. Knockando belongs to the lighter style ... Read More »
The first Knockando in Diageo's special releases line-up and a bit of a swerve from normal. Firstly, there's no vintage on the bottle, unlike their other expressions, and secondly it's matured solely in first fill sherry casks, for a heavily rich flavour.
A remarkably dark 12yo Knockando 1996 bottled at full strength from a sherry cask (surely a first-fill) for the Managers' Choice series. It's fair to say that this will likely be somewhat more intense than the standard 12yo.
A 1968 vintage Knockando as part of their Extra Old Reserve range. This was distilled in the year the floor maltings were decommissioned at the distillery. This is presented in a lovely decanter and accompanying box.
This bottling of Knockando was distilled in 1965, three years before the floor maltings at the distillery were decommissioned and four years before the number of stills was doubled to four. The bottle is presented in a burgundy box.
A 1964 vintage Knockando as part of their Extra Old Reserve series of bottlings. At this time, the distillery still had its own maltings, which wouldn't close for a few years. This is presented in a lovely square bottle and accompanying elegant box.