Knockdhu is the distillery that makes the current-day anCnoc. This is a young expression in the Connoisseurs Choice series (brown label) from Gordon & MacPhail.
Knockdhu 10 yo 1974 (40%, Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice +/- 1984, 75cl)
Nose: a lot of sweet grains, with hints of pear schnapps. Some silver polish and mint. Pine wood. A little paraffin. Musty warehouses. Almonds and wet papers. It’s not very expressive but it’s certainly not unpleasant either.
Mouth: sweet start, quite soft yet a little spirity and bitterish. There’s grapefruit and lemon zest, mixed with wet cardboard and this vague barley sweetness. Traces of wax again and diesel. Pepper. Kind of an eau-de-vie with the fruits missing.
Finish: not too long, peppery and slightly grassy.
This Knockdhu is totally unmodern – I find that very interesting. However it’s useless if you’re trying to prove that whisky was better in the old days. Around € 500 from TWE – hopefully this makes sense from a collector’s perspective. Thanks for the sample, Jeroen!