"We were very impressed by the golden colour of this young
whisky from a distillery near Huntly in Aberdeenshire whose name in
Gaelic means dark knoll or black hill. In 1993, the name of the
proprietary bottling was changed to simply 'the knoll' (in Gaelic, of
course) to avoid confusion with another well-known malt. It has come
from a first-fill American hogshead, and the cask has done a mighty job.
The first nose is of sweet, fresh honeysuckle, with cinnamon ginger
powder. Water makes it more fruity; hard, tart yellow plums, or those
Spanish green plums called Queen Claudia and after a while a scent of
freshly cleaned carpets (soap and damp wool). The flavour at full
strength is mouth-filling and tingly, with some chilli in the tail;
water sweetens, freshens and cools it. There are traces of peppermint
and a return of the ginger in the aftertaste. Frisky with youth, it has
plenty of zip."