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Whisky Reviews for Knockdhu 2007 AC
2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.86 points
- What comes as a slight shock when first sipping this Knockdhu neat, unfolds into a very nice and engaging dram once you give it a few minutes in the glass and play around with water. In my opinion it's like concentrated lemon juice at first, but it's a pretty good and quite eccentric Highland malt when you get it to start talking. At 70€ it doesn't come cheap, and this whisky might really polarize whisky enthusiasts, so I suggest you try a sample first before buying a full bottle. If you expect a rounded, orangey, chocolaty sweet sherried whisky, don't pick this. If you like a characterful, fresh and sour, summery whisky that you could serve as an aperitif for your next BBQ party, maybe this is the one to go for.
This note is based on tasting a 2cl sample.Neat: Oh, this is a surprise. I rarely had this much pink grapefruit in a malt, especially when matured in sherry. Grapefruit and lemon zest covered in honey. Fruity, slightly bitter mint tea with lemon juice. Something medicinal in the background... camphor? Wet bandages? Really very interesting and not at all what you'd expect from a sherry matured Highland whisky.
With water: Still very sour and citrussy, maybe a mix of lemons and bitter oranges with a touch of butter. Could be a great whisky with grilled fish :)
Neat: VERY strong and punchy attack (hardly surprising at >60%), almost too much for me. Anyway, I don't really like what I taste. It's very, very bitter and sour and hot. What seemed quite charming and interesting on the nose is really like pure lemon juice with a hint of soap on the palate. It could become interesting with more time in the glass, but the alcohol is just too strong. Hopefully water will help, so...
With water: Now the minty side comes to the front. It's still a very bitter whisky, one of the most medicinal modern highland malts I've had for a long time. Lemon balm, menthol rub, bitter oranges, candied ginger and a touch of oak. Apart from the oranges I don't get an obvious sherry influence. I do like it much better now, it's complex and unlike anything else I've had until now.
Long, fresh, sour, minty and discreetly waxy.