The nose is quite gentle and fragrant. Notes of honey, hints of barley and cut hay. There is a very subtle, chewy peat note lying quietly in the background. The palate is quite full with notes of heather and damp earth, a honeyed sweetness with ginger. The finish is quite long and spicy and crystallized stem ginger with cereal notes.


Knockando was founded in 1898 by John Thomson as the Knockando-Glenlivet Distillery Company. The distillery buildings, complete with an elegant pagoda roof, are in the town of the same name overlooking the River Spey.

The name derives from the Scottish Gaelic 'cnoc an dhu' or 'little black hill'. Knockando has long been associated as a superb blending product, having spent much its working life providing malt whisky for J&B blends, of which it is a major component. The Knockando distillery was purchased in 1904 by the gin giants W and A Gilbey and remained under their control until 1962, when they merged with United Wine Traders to form International Distillers and Vintners. Justerini and Brooks were amongst the group, thus the association with J&B.

The capacity is rather small with just 8% of the spirit is reserved for bottling as single malt and this is kept and matured in the five onsite warehouses. The rest of the outturn is shipped to Diageo's central warehousing facilities. The vast majority of Knockando single malt is exported; the chief market being the European mainland.

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