Knockando distillery is located in the Speyside town of Knockando, Morayshire and is not to be confused with the Knockdhu distillery which is the home of An Cnoc whisky.

Anyway, Knockando was founded in 1898 by the Knockando-Glenlivet Distillery Co. Ltd, but ssadly, after less than a year of operation it was closed due to the infamous Pattison Crisis.

It was purchased in 1899-1900 by J. Thomson & Co. Ltd but again it didn't successfully reopen.


1904 Saw the disrtillery being bought by W&A Gilbey Ltd (the same company as is famous for Gin) and they successfully continued production until 1962 when they merged with various companies including Justerini & Brooks to form IDV.

1969 Saw a period of expansion where the number of stills was increased from two to four.

IDV evetually merged or evolved to be part of UDV > Diageo who are the current owners today.



More great distillery info here thanks to Malt Madness


Distillery photos by kind permission of Teun van Wel



  Knockando (OB)   General whisky characteristics: Creamy, malty, fresh  

Knockando, (OB), 12y, distilled 1995 43% ABV

Typical cost of this bottle;


Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Light gold

Nose: Cream and malt with fresh herbs, freshly sawn wood and a touch of barn quickly joining the party.

Palate: Creamy and malty, then quickly turning into more of a milky malt drink with hints of nuts and a tingle right on the front of the tongue.

Finish: Medium to long with a slightly bitter nuttiness

Overall Impression: Perfectly drinkable and enjoyable as a pleasantly light, everyday dram. Not memorable or a great.



Knockando, Managers Choice, 1996-2009, 58.6% ABV

Cask 800790, one of 599 bottles

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Photo shows typical Managers Choice presentation


Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Rich teak

Nose: Nice and rich with smoked wood, toasted currants, walnuts and a faint hint of rubberiness behind the wood. This all intensifies further with time in the glass.

Palate: Rich and toasted with lots of dark fruits and wood (raisins, currants, figs and dark cherries). It's also slightly dry and hints of marzipan lead into the finish.

Finish: Fruity, rich and lightly toasted with some suggestion of furniture polish. Long.

Overall Impression: Very rich with lots of 'oomph'.











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