Knockando 12 years old (D.2007, B.2020) Signatory Vintage /46%/ –
Knockando Distillery, founded 1898, is located in Speyside. It is one of the smallest distilleries in Diageo’s portfolio, equipped with two pairs of stills can produce 1.4 million liters of spirit per annum. Its name derives from the Gaelic “Cnoc an dhu” and translates to “little black hill”. Knockando malt has been closely associated with J&B blend since the brand’s launch in the 1930s and remains one of its main components, thus independent offerings are very rare. Knockando 12 years old presented here, comprises whisky distilled on December 20, 2007 and aged in two hogsheads nos. 304102 + 304106 then bottled on February 21, 2020 as part of Signatory Vintage ‘The Un-chillfiltered Collection’.
Nose: light and smooth, malted barley, vanilla, butterscotch, cooked apples and pears, banana bread and hints of potpourri.
Palate: breakfast cereal, buttered toast, honey, vanilla, apples, gooseberries, dash of white pepper, hints of hay and oak.
Finish: medium long, with notes of vanilla, sweet cereals, licorice, dash of pepper and oak shavings.