Knockando 1990

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Master Reserve
Stated Age
21 years old
Sherry & Bourbon Casks
43.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
17 Dec 2015 11:43 am by Bachess

Average value

€ 98.39

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44 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Knockando 1990

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.35 points

  1. Likudi scored this whisky 80 points Moderator

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  2. Saftkenner scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Well, where are the 21 years? I only notice it through the bitterness in the finish. With the first sip, due to the alcoholic spiciness, I would have guessed 12 years from the blind tasting. A strange bottling that I like to gather dust in the back rows of shelves.
    • Nose
      81 81
      Lovely nose. The bourbon barrel character is predominant here. Honey, juice orange, oak spice, a little lemon, fresh grass, but also dry hay, pineapple and, I don't like to write it, a very slight note of glue. The alcohol is easily noticeable despite the low drinking strength (43%). Overall, however, really quite pleasant.
    • Taste
      79 79
      First I notice the alcoholic sharpness and am amazed that this malt is said to be 21 years old. He has a very light body. Grain, cardboard, some mustache, tart apple.
    • Finish
      78 78
      Medium-long finish. What remains is a somewhat musty and nutty bitterness. Rather uncomfortable. Just don't put this malt at the end of a tasting.

  3. Halkyon scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  4. recursiewhisky scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    This dram is a bit shy at first. But after some aeration time and warming this starts to open-up en reveals a nice but very restrained character. At the start it’s overly sweet and has some pungent sulphur tones but that fades quick enough. Adding water does make this dram quite bitter and peppery so be careful.
    All in all a nice whisky that is surprisingly affordable (€59,95 in NL at the moment of writing).
    • Nose
      A subtle yet rich, spiced and rounded whisky with aromas of subtle sherry, hint of sulphur, white pepper, honey, vanilla, dried fruits (dates, figs, sultanas and a hint of plum), applesauce, stewed pears, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, orande zest, tangerine, almond, earthy tones and spicy oak.
    • Taste
      A sweet, subtle and herbal whisky with aromas of honey, icing sugar, candied ginger, pepper, coumarin, vanilla, subtle tannins, dried flowers, sweet sherry, plums, dates, a hint of figs, cinnamon, sultanas, red apples, overripe pears, almond, hint of walnut, hint of coffee and bitter oak.
    • Finish
      A medium long and sweet finish with aromas of honey, fresh fruits, dried fruits, backing spices and toasted oak.

  5. Koning did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Since this 1990 vintage Knockando was bottled in 2014 (with a redesigned label), this whisky is actually 23 to 24 years old instead of the 21 years mentioned on the label.

  6. Jonathan Kleß scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Long winded, Toasty, Understated.

    It feels like it still doesn’t quite know what it wants to be, as nothing really sticks out.However it shows some age with nice toasty-aromas and an interesting development.For a late summer evening after rain. edit: opened up a bit after 4 months now 
    • Nose
      On the nose the alcohol doesn’t feel very well integrated, voluminous not heavy.

      strong vanilla, toasted almonds and oak, light malt, gingerbread, berries, candied apple, plums, (canned) apricots, orange marmalade/zest, dates and a hint of honey, blueberry jam, yellow peppers, mint, with water: white pepper, sandalwood, earth, specifically petrichor, mushrooms, sulfur, salty licorice
    • Taste
      Robust arrival builds into a rather lengthy development on the palate.

      dominated by roasted oak, light coffee, cinnamon, almonds, chestnuts, develops into honey and dried apricots, plums and sultanas, a bit of sherry, sweeter; over time stronger sulfury/cheesy hints and some earthiness
    • Finish
      The Finish is restrained, but long, slightly mouthcoating.

      back and forth between wood-smoky, nutty oak aromas and some sweeter, fruity notes, gingerwith some mushroom/vegetal/earthiness in the back, loses itself in some creamy strawberry jam


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