Knockando 25-year-old

Overall rating
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

€ 359.95

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193 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Knockando 25-year-old

28 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.87 points

  1. dRambo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Notes from a blind tasting !!!
    It is so buttery smooth - that I would type in a maturation in kegs or suggest a smaller Bourboncaskanteil. He reminds me of a BenRiach 30 - only I have this with less tannins and "red" in memory. A Grandeurcuvee with a little Balblair ... I do not know - it's very tasty: smile: the Firstfillsherryanteil can not be too small and either he has max 46% or he is even older than the roughly estimated 25yo ??
    • Nose
      Slightly dry, red berries, tart, oily, very fine, very round - complex and complex - the berries are intense fruity, but show the noble reserve of a malts ü20. There is also a hint of orange and orange oil, I completely miss any bitter or bitter tones. Blueberries, cherries, dates it gets sweeter - the warmer it gets. Vanilla, whipped cream
    • Taste
      Red fruit, spicy, dry, mint dresses directly from the mouth, followed by oak tannins - chocolate, nuts, tobacco, leather, - yes there she is the full-bodied Sherrypower - I would not have expected the elegant nose to such extent - oak lies on the palate - looks rather bright, slight waxy note, aromatic but fine.
    • Finish
      Dark chocolate, mulled wine, Christmas spices, warming, later light oak, wax, some pepper - stays on the tongue for a long time

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A beautiful, understated label. Very dark juice. Perhaps 1st filled sherry according to some folks.

    Wish this was a bit more luscious, but lovely enough to be an excellent everyday drinker.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Of grapes and Ribena. Yum. Cherry cough syrups. Cinnamon fudge. Some leather. Cloves. Quite lovely.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Soft and warm entry but the spiciness midpalate onwards makes it feel stronger than 43%. Lots of cinnamon and cloves. Not very sweet despite this looking and tasting sherried. Just saw the label.. European oak. Some leather and tobacco. Oak is quite loud in this one. Some tangerine chocolate also. All in all, I really like this one.
    • Finish
      87 87
      An abrupt finish. A tad dry and oaky at the end.

      If this was cask strength, perhaps it may be a 90 pointer. Rare to have a Diageo annual release that's not cask strength.

  8. birkzehn scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  9. Thorax79 scored this whisky 95 points Newbie

    The aroma and taste of this whisky is balanced. Perfectly integrated alcohol. It is a masterpiece.
    • Nose
      Citrus, nuts, sandalwood, amber
    • Taste
      Tropic fruits, almond
    • Finish
      Very long with fruity notes


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