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Knockando 1995 12 Year Old


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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

25th Jul 2014


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The Knockando Distillery is located in a village of the same name. She was founded in 1899 during the whisky boom, just months before the Pattison Crash. She got electricity in 1905 as well as a connection to the Great North of Scotland Railway. Let me try the entry level malt, their 12 Year Old, in this case distilled in 1995. In France, this malt is a big hit.

Sweet nose on sweetened breakfast cereals (Frosti) and cashew nuts with a mild fruitiness as if from young oranges. Orangina, the lemonade! Yes, that is what this reminds me of. Some caramel and vanilla. Not bad, but nothing close to earth shattering either.

The arrival is soft with just a tad of spices, although they quickly become louder. Nutmeg and a bit of pepper. The fruit remains mostly oranges, but now clear hints of Granny Smith apples come to the fore. It is, however, very sweet.

The finish is mildly spicy, but short and actually too sweet to be really good.

A spring whisky, very quaffable. But blind, I might confuse this with a grappa, which is most likely not what the producer would have wanted.

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