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03 Nov 2012

Knockando 1996 Manager’s Choice

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Knockando

Nowadays sherry casks tend to be “seasoned” and engineered casks that have been specifically tailored for the whisky industry and never saw the interior of a Spanish bodega. It’s no surprise then that marketing people see an opportunity to highlight the fact that once in a while they bottle a “bodega” cask!

This single cask Knockando 1996 was part of the Manager’s Choice series, one of the least successful Diageo ideas of the last couple of years. Usually good whisky though (check the Cragganmore 1997 for example), but way “ahead of its time” in terms of pricing.

 

Knockando 1996 Managers ChoiceKnockando 12 yo 1996 ‘Manager’s Choice’ (58,5%, OB 2009, bodega sherry cask #800790, 612 btl.)

Nose: heavy sherry, classic style, not unlike some GlenDronachs. Starts in a fairly fragrant and fruity way but grows smokier and drier over time. Raisins, cherries, plums. Chocolate and almonds. Some coffee beans and roasted nuts, with a veil of (clean) smoke. Mouth: punchy and fairly dry, with roasted chestnuts. Plenty of herbal notes too, maybe a tad too bitter and tannic at some point. Cold coffee. In the end the cherries and raisins have a come-back. Finish: long, dry, slightly bitter, with espresso notes and ginger.

For a 12 year-old this Knackando 1996 is pretty woody and slightly on the bitter side for my taste. Other than that it shows a nice sherry character. I liked the Knockando 25yo better in many ways though. Around € 300. Thanks for the sample, Tino!

Score: 88/100

Knockando 1996 Manager’s Choice 4 Ruben Luyten 2012-11-03
  • Sjoerd

    Nice review! I think if you look around you can find it for a lot less at the moment. Nobody is selling these at the RRP so they end up in many discounts. I think I saw it for € 120 at some point.

  • pavv

    tasted a wee bit of this one yesterday. Quite an active sherry cask that delivered some nice fruits, but also tainted the whisky with a bit bitter wood. Won’t be buying this even when heavily discounted…. To bad Diageo….

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  • Gal(WhiskyIsrael): Just tasted this one. WOW. i am very very impressed Ruben. Amazing BFYB for 40 euro. this feels much older and so complex. WOW again. dang!
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