Knockando 25-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Diageo Special Releases 2011
Stated Age
25 years old
First Fill European Oak Casks
Number of bottles
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
17 Oct 2011 9:38 pm

Average value

€ 379.74

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Whisky Reviews for Knockando 25-year-old

32 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.95 points

  1. dRambo did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Notes from a blind tasting !!!

    It reminds me of a BenRiach 30 - only I remember this one with fewer tannins and "redder" ones. A grandeur cuvee with a little Balblair ... I don't know - it is very tasty: smile: the first fill sherry portion cannot be too small and either it is max 46% or it is even older than the roughly estimated 25yo ??
    • Nose
      Slightly dry, red berries, tart, oily, very fine, very round - multi-layered and complex - the berries are intensely fruity, but show the elegant restraint of a malt over 20. There is also a hint of orange and orange oil, I completely miss any tart or bitter tones. Blueberries, cherries, dates it gets sweeter - the warmer it gets. Vanilla, whipped cream, powdered sugar
    • Taste
      Red-fruity, spicy, dry, mint lines the mouth directly, followed by oak tannins - chocolate, nuts, tobacco, leather - yes there it is the full-bodied sherry power - I would not have believed that with the elegant nose - oak lies on the palate - looks rather light, light wax note, aromatic but fine.
    • Finish
      Dark chocolate, mulled wine, Christmas spices, warming, later light oak, wax, a little pepper - stays on the tongue for a long time

  2. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Nice malt. In spite of its "only" 43%, it does not look really watery either. This is ensured by the strong oak. Pretty fruity on the nose and more oak on the palate. Maybe he could have tolerated a little more fruit in the taste.
    • Nose
      Immediately after pouring one, due to the alcohol strength, surprising intensity. Nice berry fruits. Forest berries such as blueberry or blackberries. Rum raisins. Sour cherry jam with cinnamon. Also still a spice note that reminds me of nutmeg. In addition, a little plum brandy. And blood orange.
      After the first sip, the fruits also lose weight and more wood gets through.
    • Taste
      Less sweet in the mouth than the nose suggested. Much more subtle fruit, but more woody notes. First fruit tea. Red fruit jelly. But then the oak makes itself felt. The fruits become sourer / bitterer. Again the blood orange. Then oak, which goes in the fresher direction. Now also bitterness. Dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      The chocolate stays. Spicy, slightly spicy oak notes. Black tea. Drying.

  3. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Great, balanced 1st-fill-sherry whisky for this age, everything there, nothing too much ... Glenlivet XXV or HP 25 as a comparison, I found something better, but this comes close ran.
    • Nose
      dark sherry, dried fruit, dry-spicy oak notes, dark chocolate, plum jam, blackberry, blackcurrant, slightly sour ... molasses, sugar beet syrup
    • Taste
      velvety-dry, chocolate (slightly bitter), walnut, molasses, old leather, furniture polish, tobacco, gentle spicy sharpness
    • Finish
      medium long, velvety, very dry, almost not bitter (unusual for 25y sherry cask), cocoa, dark chocolate - pleasant

  4. Corso_theRed scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A benchmark sherry-cask whisky. I can’t imagine older Macallans being
    any different from this. Everything you’d expect from a non-CS sherry
    bomb is present here, while maintaining an elegant nose and satisfying
    palate. It loses 2 or 3 points because of E150, which would not have
    been necessary, and its low strength however.
    • Nose
      Powerful sherry. Every dark dried fruit you can think of. Rum-soaked
      raisins, prunes, over-ripe figs. Coconut, caramel, orange liqueur, and
      sugared almonds. Quite dense, but still gentle. The 43% ABV are
      beneficial and detrimental at the same time. Cognac, and sweet perfumed
    • Taste
      Balanced between vivid winey notes and impactful oak tannins. Moderately
      sweet at first, then quickly drying. Finally some bitterness! This is
      full-on European oak after all. A miniscule amount of sour oakiness,
      then espresso and dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      Long. Drying and slightly bitter, paired with wood spice and coffee.

  5. DocF scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A half-blind from @Totoro. With reported alcohol strength: 43%.

    Color: Mahogany. Nose: This is clearly a sherry (whisky): twisted :, the nose is nevertheless incredibly diverse. Wood aromas (cinnamon, vanilla), dried fruits, resin, maybe a little soot, nuts (hazel, whale, quite a few) and at the same time a fresh side (tree sap, later tree bark, freshly sawn wood.) Soy sauce. Cocoa (pure, without the sugar). Soft in the mouth, but not thin, slowly turns from a fruity to a bitter side, from the dried fruit you have to pickled plums, charred orange peel, dark chocolate, charred oak, fir honey and resin, to espresso. In between elderflower and bark. Soy sauce again. Long, fruity and then always bitter finish, dried fruits blablabla, gets pretty dry towards the end, the tree sap / wet grass / elderflower portion from the nose and mouth sufficiently invigorates the tannins. It's okay for me.

    To guess the still here is wasted effort, sherry cask is obvious (I hope: redface :), alcohol known, the age remains - 25 ++.

    Dry, fruity old hammer sherry barrel, of course sulfur-free, the mixture of dried fruit and bitter is perfect (as for example with the GF70 from the Modshots). 91 points with some room for improvement.

    Denouement: Knockando 25yo Special Release 2011. Thank you very much!

  6. Georges scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    From first fill Ex-Sherry European Oak Casks
    • Nose
      91 91
      Sweet, sherry, butterscotch, raisins, fruity (bananas, plums), orange marmalade, red berries, coffee, milk chocolate, leathery
    • Taste
      90 90
      Sweet, sherry, fruity, berries, plums, nutty, coffee, tobacco, liquorice, toffee, blackcurrant jam, hint of smoke
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, sweet, fruity, oaky, spicy, cocoa

  7. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I really like this kind of sherried elegancy, half-sweet / half-dry, so although it's slightly tame on the palate, it gets into the 90s territory. Just.
    • Nose
      A sherry character that I usually relate to refill sherry rather than first fill. Subtle sherry, quite fragrant and very fruity. Soft butterscotch, raisins. and milk chocolate. Quite some red berries, hints of ripe bananas, plum jam. Elegant polished oak and leathery notes. There's a very faint vegetal note in the background, as well as a hint of smoke. Extremely elegant.
    • Taste
      Light, a tad weakish, but very fruity with an array of jams: strawberry, redcurrant, orange, plum... Gets drier, with oak, nuts, coffee, tobacco and Christmas cake flavours. Hints of rosehips. Liquorice and a hint of smoke again.
    • Finish
      Medium long, on cocoa powder and spices.

  8. KingKutte_4.0 scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Everything was better before

  9. Totoro scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    100% First Fill European (Sherry) Oak, and guess what: it shows.
    • Nose
      91 91
      The kind of sherried nose that has become increasingly rare. Brambles, blueberries, wild honey, cloves, cinnamon, fragrant oak. Almost a touch of smoke after a while, but that's probably also just the wood speaking.
    • Taste
      89 89
      See above, plus some spiced orange.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Very sweet, but simultaneously spicy. Respectably long, with flawless Spanish oak sherry cask notes.

  10. hottep6153 scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

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


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