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29 Jul 2013

Knockando 12 years (Dateo Import)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Knockando

Did you know Knockando was the first distillery in Scotland to be built with electric lighting in 1898?

This Knockando 12 years old was bottled in 1979 but the expression goes back to the end of the 1950’s when Justerini & Brooks (J&B indeed) bought the company. In fact a 12yo with vintage statement still exists today.

 

Knockando 12 Dateo ImportKnockando 12 yo 1967
(43%, J&B for Dateo Import Italy 1979)

Nose: light, fairly neutral, with lots of hay and cut apples, maybe grapefruit as well. Hints of waxed paper and dusty old books. Gets a little sweeter over time. Mouth: not too bold, oily, malty and slightly honeyed. Apple flavours again. Oranges. Grassy notes, soft resin and heather. Hints of green tea. Finish: fairly long, with some ginger, grasses, apple skin and cereal notes.

I wasn’t totally impressed with this Knockando, but on the other hand it seems to be more complex than modern bottlings and quite balanced for a standard bottling. Around € 150 in auctions.

Score: 80/100

Knockando 12 years (Dateo Import) 2.5 Ruben Luyten 2013-07-29

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  • Chris: Based on price and transparency alone I'd pick this over the shoddy HP Dark Origins any day. Benromach continues to win me over. While I may not drink
  • Roberto Sikora: Benromach seem to do great things these days. Thumbs up for an uncommon age statement!
  • Fredrik: I recently made a promise not to buy or try NAS whisky anymore. It will sadly go unnoticed but that´s how I feel about this.

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  • Michters 10 Year Old
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  • Glenlossie 1992 (Whisky Mercenary)
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