Knockando 1996

Overall rating
89.64/100
votes
140
Whiskybase ID
WB16181
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Managers' Choice
Vintage
11.07.1996
Bottled
18.03.2009
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Spanish Sherry European Oak
Casknumber
800790
Number of bottles
612
Strength
58.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5000281025889
Added on
06 jun 2010 7:18 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 289.45

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Whisky reviews for Knockando 1996

26 users have left 27 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.64 points.

  1. Astrid scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Okay, for a 12-year-old that's a bit of a hit, but it's obvious that the barrel is the star here. Two more years and the distillate would have buckled completely under the weight of the wood. A few large drops of water help to open, tame the oak and the alcohol then takes a back seat. For the full review, go here: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/09/12/90er-speyside/
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  2. wncvirus scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose: sweetness, raisins, light oak notes
    Taste: sweet and dry sweetness of raisins, turning into light dried fruits. Very nice to taste!
    Rating: 89/100 Finish medium long, with a wood and spice profile

  3. CowboyTzf scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    better than macallan 10 cask strength & Kavalan S06 sherry casks

  4. mema82 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. asineedit did not rate this whisky Newbie

  6. Saika scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Heavy sherry, decent Knockando but there are many alternatives if you like this style.

  7. Bretorianer scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. didi1893 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    A dreamy sherry board! Full of character, complex and incredibly harmonious. This just 12-year-old Knockando looks much more mature and older than his actual age suggests. Dark sherry flavors play with solid oak, the alcohol is wonderfully harmoniously integrated, the creamy roasted flavors and dried fruit harmonize perfectly with wonderful leather and tobacco flavor. I'm excited!

    23/23/23/23 (92P)
    • Nose
      Rusty brown with a wonderful reddish glow shines the Knockando in the glass. After pouring an oily streak has formed on the glass wall of my Premium Sniffer from which dissolves a variety of small droplets. Dried berries and creamy toasted aromas rise, old dark orange juice trickles out of orange wedges, sweetish tobacco exudes its beguiling scent while dark sherry aroma settles in the nose. Sweet vanilla dissolves from creamy leathery flavor, sun-dried raisins and grapes fall into sugar-sweet rum, candied fruits and caramelized sugar stimulate my saliva at the same time. Milk chocolate and toffee melt together, more and more comes to opulent leather flavor to advantage, the dried berries and grapes give the nose a sweet component which could make me smell for hours on this bewitching nose ...
    • Taste
      Creamy and oily, the first sip flows over the tongue, dried fruits mix with harsh wood tones and creamy chocolate. A pinch of freshly brewed espresso pulls through the palate, old walnuts and creamy wood elements end in subtle wooden sharpness. Leather and dried tobacco leaves emerge and give off their tart-sweet bouquet. Caramel and toffee ensnare the taste buds on the second sip, shortly afterwards wooden sharpness and a hint of black pepper envelop the tongue and leave a pleasant sharpness on the palate. Coffee and dark dark chocolate provide a tart component, while caramel, dried berries and candied fruits are again spread sweet and sticky throughout the mouth with a touch of vanilla. Slowly, the alcohol makes voluminous on the palate noticeable and slowly pulls the smoking down towards the stomach.
    • Finish
      Creamy and sweet sticks to dried raisins in rum, subtle, sharp oak tones dominate the finish, oily swimming tart pieces of wood on the tongue. Espresso and dark chocolate pull through the palate with a pinch of leather and sweet tobacco. The glorious sherry aromas stick voluminously on the tongue, it seems as if the aftertaste never ends.

  9. kimmosuo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. penumbra scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    A particularly gentle Shirley bomb, pure and clean in taste, warm and fleshy, one of the most speyside among Shirley.
    • Nose
      Fruit acid, sherry, cooked cherries, wheat stalks, cinnamon.
    • Taste
      Low spicy, ripe fruit, berries, gentle fire, mocha, low salt, a little plum, cherry, mixed fruit.
    • Finish
      Medium long, warm, sweet, Shirley.

  11. Dris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  12. ctu scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    My best Konckando so far. Really complex sherry monster.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Big sherry, dried fruits, rum raisin, vanilla and antique leather.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Rich, sweet. Prune, fig, milk caramel, cocoa, sherry, coffee and nutmeg.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, bittersweet, oaky, spicy.

  13. el Gato scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Fine Dram. Delayed nose though. Really helps with water. But the decay returns though 
    • Nose
      42 42
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  14. fileosoph scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      94 94

  15. robain scored this whisky 95 points Specialist

    • Nose
      98 98
      dark chocolate, dried fruits, heavy sherry, raisin,
    • Taste
      96 96
      goes over to cooked fruits, sherry, vanilla, dark chocolate, cedar wood
    • Finish
      98 98
      long finish of sherries

  16. Patrick93 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A great Speyside Whisky, you have to try it or you'll miss something!
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      94 94

  17. Fight65 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A few drops of water work wonders here! Dreamlike sherry bottling with a fantastic long finish!
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      93 93

  18. Laga93 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  19. steinrich scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Actually, I'm not the sherry guy, but with this sherry bomb I like to make an exception :))
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      94 94

  20. p4blo scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A good whisky overall, but I am not totally convinced.
    • Nose
      A powerful sherry bomb with old leather, wet tobacco and tons of dark fruits, molasses and roasted coffee. A disturbing hint of varnish spoils the nice overall impression.
    • Taste
      Sweet, quite rounded with dates, prunes, cocoa, coffee and fudge. Then again, something quite disturbing appears, rotten wood?
    • Finish
      Medium long, more on wood and spices than the sherry.

  21. GrahamBlakeman scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  22. Whizzkeykid scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  23. Maltmaniac72 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This one can more than compete with a Glendronach Single Cask from the Oloroso barrel. Round and great.
    • Nose
      What the color suggested is immediately in the glass. A deep sherry note with all the familiar accompanying flavors: coffee / espresso, chocolate, dried fruit (raisins, sultanas), dark fruits (dates, plums, plums), warm spices, fine toasted oak wood. Zesty oranges, Demara sugar and malt. A real "nose bomb" that makes sniffing addicting. 45 points
    • Taste
      Oily, many streaks on the glass. Enormous sherry explosion on the palate with plenty of dried fruit, coffee, liquorice and sweet Oloroso flavors. Mouth-filling, full-bodied. Strong oak flavors. 45 points
    • Finish
      Long and clear sherry with dark aromas. Chocolate, liquorice, coffee, sweet Oloroso sherry. Delicious.

  24. whioli scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      93 93

  25. MaltMartin scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A fantastic Knockando for the lovers of real sherry monsters like I. Might be over the top for others.
    • Nose
      The sweet sherry notes are massive here. Lots of stewed fruits as well: plums and prunes. Very juicy but alcoholic too. Aromas of shoe polish and new leather.
    • Taste
      Rich and round. Lots of sherry again. Expesso coffee and dark chocolate. Pepper and nutmeg. All the characteristics of a true sherry monster!
    • Finish
      Very tanninic, like a bite in wood. Becomes bitter at the end.

  26. Titi94 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting notes from Jim Murray's 2012 Whisky Bible:

    Nose:  I think my staff have poured me the wrong stuff: theyhave opened up some pot still Demerara, right ...? Wrong. No definitely from the Knockando sample. Well, Well, Well, let`s just say it is a fruity, sugary, rich start on the nose.

    Key:  Actually, I don`t care if this is rum or whisky. When you get this beautifully defined flavors, this is a body sublimely structure ... it really does not much matter. Oozes fruity, beautifully natural sweetened quality and complexity.

    Finish:  A slight bitterness on the finish where, for the first time, there is a minor blemish, but the array of sugars quiet make for something memorable ... and absolutely 100% nothing like I have tasted from any previous Knockando.

    Balance:  I have been in the Demerara region of Guyana, crawled around a rum warehouse at a rum distillery and opened a cask of rum Which has less rum characteristics than this rumbustuous chappie. Quite a rum DO.

  27. Titi94 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Ratings:  94 Points - Jim Murray's 2012 Whisky Bible.

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