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Knockando, 12-year-old, Speyside, Single Malt Scotch Whisky (43%)
Knockando can trace its history back to 1898 when it was established by an Elgin spirit broker, J Thompson. In Gaelic, Knockando (Cnoc-an-dhu) means "little black hillock" and the distillery sits on a tree-covered hill that overlooks a sweeping panorama of the Spey river.
Knockando differs form other malt producers in its long-standing practice/philosophy of bottling the casks only when they are deemed to be at their peak maturation, as opposed to bottling them automatically at certain ages. The whisky is marketed as single malt under its season of distillation; the year of bottling is also indicated on the label. The notion being that the whisky is bottled when it is mature, rather than at a specific age. The use of sherry casks is deliberately kept to a minimum in order to preserve the delicate flavour of Knockando.
To some Speyside represents the jewel in whisky’s crown. Speyside is the home of legal whisky production and it’s best known examples. Around the world Glenlivet, Macallan, Glenfiddich, Glenrothes and Glenfarclas typify all that whisky, at it’s best has to offer. At it’s heart running from the Monadhliath mountains north to the sea, is the River Spey. It is the fastest flowing river in Britain, and also well known for its salmon fishing.
Speyside is the principal whisky-producing region: Speyside has within it some forty-six operating distilleries - over half the total number in the entire Scotland.
Speysides are essentially sweet whiskies. They have little peaty character They are typically highly perfumed, feminine and elegant.
The classical nature of Speyside’s malts means that a number of the finest malts are used almost exclusively for blending. It is the top Speysider’s that give good blends their ‘Top Dressing’.
Malts such as Mortlach, Glen Elgin, Strathmill and Benrinnes are rarely found as distillery bottlings, however when individual casks are tracked down by independent bottlers such as our Own Selection Single Malt Whiskies the resultant whisky can be quite wonderful.