Knockando 1994

Overall rating
84.23/100
votes
202
Whiskybase ID
WB79070
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Master Reserve
Vintage
1994
Bottled
15.09.2016
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
1st + 2nd Fill Ex-Bourbon + 1st Fill Sherry
Strength
43.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L6259CM000
Barcode
5010103802567
Added on
02 mar 2016 7:01 pm by Gonathras
UncoloredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 102.14

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Whisky reviews for Knockando 1994

43 users have left 45 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.23 points.

  1. DannyHill scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Pleasant nose. Slightly woody, vanilla, caramel, lightly sour. Ok, but not memorable. Would have guessed it to be younger.

  2. jkswift scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  3. Scottchy scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    An unexcited whisky that is "limited" to typical notes of bourbon and sherry casks. A bit of disappointment spreads with the first sip, but the aroma unfolds better and better with each subsequent sip.
    It's a rather quiet, dignified dam, with no special character or uniqueness... but maybe that's its strength - it conveys calm and serenity.
    A bit fiery on the palate, then warmth that lasts a long time on the finish and thus ensures a satisfied feeling of well-being.
    A whisky to "come down" .

  4. KB201 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Knockando Master Reserve is the oldest regularly available vintage bottling from the Speyside distillery. Special barrels with smaller editions are used for this.

  5. Макс scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  6. MLE scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  7. Malty1797 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    A good start to older whiskys (>20 years) and definitely the most affordable 21 YO. Easy drinking at this age.
    But it does not hold up against any other 21 YO, feels younger and fresher compared to others. But for ~60€ quite alright.
    • Nose
      80 80
      a bit shy, needs time
    • Taste
      81 81
      shows these old whisky notes of 'grainy lemon' and very ripe pineapple
    • Finish
      80 80
      smooth

  8. RGH86 scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    This vintage is like Catherine Zeta-Jones in 1998 ( google it) - it's a beauty.
    • Nose
      97 97
      The first drop it hits the glass feels the room with fragrance. Opulent figs, raisins, and dried fruit emerge first. Cacao, chocolate follows with a much more discrete rounded note in the back (search for it, it's there)- Sweetness rounds the caramel and moves the dry fruit aroma further. Vanilla is present, but further in the back, shy. Raw warm jam fragrance dissipates once it sits in the glass and gives way to hay-like sweetness. Very complex, inviting, opulent, desireful.
    • Taste
      95 95
      3 Components: Oak, Sherry, fresh fruits
      The development is progressive, starts with the oakiness, after all, it has been sitting in oak for 21 years. Its bittersweet, caramelized flavors are inviting - one more sip.
      The Sherry follows, with dried fruits, sherry signature, figs, and plums. Chocolate notes rise, in a smooth butterlike experience - wonderful
      The end comes from the x-bourbon American oak component, the apple, pears, and mandarins move you from sherry to bourbon. The transition is smooth, calm end balanced - complex and delicious
    • Finish
      92 92
      The smoothness velvety sensation of silk describes best the finish of this whisky. Sherry and spices are present and reminiscent from the mouthfeel, pear and apple remain long before the whisky is gone, reminding you, how lucky you are to have had the opportunity to taste it.

  9. Danlow scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The rating takes appropriate account of the excellent PLV. In terms of taste, I have an 87 here.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. marmeladow scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Uncorked two months ago, it has maintained its gentleman level throughout and was an elegant, well-matured, extremely inexpensive 21yo Speysider until the end. Very successful and balanced, with complexity, but without rough edges - I bought it again because it was so much fun
    • Nose
      92 92
      Oak, red berries, melon, ripe pear, vanilla, caramel, ginger, sherry, raisins, nuts, almonds, marzipan.
      Nosing on an empty glass also releases a lot of aromas for a long time, especially wood, spice and vanilla
    • Taste
      93 93
      Oak, ginger, cinnamon, malt, creamy sweetness, caramel, chocolate cake, bitter-sweet, dark chocolate roasted aromas, aromatic coffee
    • Finish
      92 92
      like nose and taste - long lasting, warming, becoming drier

  11. Glensiddich scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Delicate, gentle malt which has a hint of its age. Decent.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  12. lincolnimp scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    I thought this was pretty decent without being exciting but this has to be one of the cheapest 21 year old OB out there.
    This distillery gets very little air time , I would buy a bottle of this, it is an easy sipper with no sharp edges, take it for what it is.
    The finish is a little weak, but the palate is fine.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  13. sidqi scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Fantastic combination of bourbon and sherry,a delicate whisky!
    • Nose
      89 89
      Grassy,malty,honey sweet,pear,some ripe fruits,ginger and vanilla,toffee,a little nutty,some cinnamon and aniseed,more herbal spices,very fully aromatic.A few drops of water brings out more spicy and creamy notes. Very complex and delicate nose!
    • Taste
      88 88
      Very smooth and balanced,creamy,licorice,baked fruits,honey,warm spices.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long and warm,sweet and spicy,black chocolate,peppermint,a little bitter and dry.

  14. robbert88 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

  15. Dris scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  16. Moses scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Here I have to be grateful for the sample from André as an encore. I don't have to stay long either, because it is one of the whiskys that hardly deserves its age. Especially in the transition to the finish, a complete deregistration of the sensory impressions from 21 years of maturation. The fact is: the nose saves the 84 points.
    • Nose
      If you know the whisky, this nose is not that bad compared to your own performance. The interplay between sherry vanilla plus light citrus-like fruitiness from the bourbon world and the announcement of wood in wood with predominantly wood, or something like that :-) With the nose deep in the barrel.
    • Taste
      It runs in sweetly and the texture is creamy and full at the beginning, but after a few moments in the mouth it becomes harsh and spicy with these registered wood notes from the nose. Already at the transition it becomes bitter and carpentry heavy. Too many wood chips are lying around. A touch of sherry tries to save the day. But the balance between 21 years of maturation is different. Sorry, I would almost like to speak of missing notes at this point. Management neglected homework.
    • Finish
      It stays for a relatively long time but only due to the bitterness and the dehydration and if it weren't for the dusty wood and the misty vanilla, you wouldn't believe that this is a 21 malt. A blind tasting would get out of hand here. What he can show in this case is a recognition value. Positive or negative is a matter of taste.
      My conclusion: Life is too short .....

  17. Ulcinj scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  18. Squinugie scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  19. Andreas W. scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  20. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    He has a rather unusual nose with an interplay of pleasant tannins and decent fruitiness, the former predominating. On the palate the aroma profile in the nose corresponds well and acceptable strength. You can enjoy it well, provided that the somewhat superficial tannins don't bother you.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Strong caramel at the beginning, nut cake, honey and vanilla. Later overripe apples, a sweet Red Bull gummy fruit note. Then coffee beans.
    • Taste
      84 84
      soft on the palate, nutty, with light fruits and honey. Well-integrated alcohol.
    • Finish
      83 83
      medium length finish with subtle bitter oak, covering the mouth.

  21. Likudi scored this whisky 79 points Shoplink Moderator

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      78 78

  22. GlenMichach scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    An unexcited Knockando in 1994

    Restrained and closed, it lies in the glass. With a little time and hand warmth it opens and exudes - better said "breathes" a tender Sherrybuket. The flavors are quite reserved, I have to look for something. Very interwoven (here is an excuse for not finding much at first), but elegantly flatters my senses. Raisin water.
    When I turn in a glass, I feel the smell of fresh bread, toast bread crumbs in the hot toaster, maybe. Little sweetness, but herbal aromas report.

    The palate remains a little pale in taste, slightly nutty. The alcohol is noticeable, although it is only 43 vol. % lies. Slight bitterness appears in the medium-long finish, cocoa dust, for example, and remains for a while.

    An unexcited drop, which is reasonably priced for its 21 years. However, not a replacement candidate.

  23. xandi37einhalb scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    I also got these drops in a tasting.

    Color: rich gold
    • Nose
      Pear, peach, raisins, slightly moldy, sherry
    • Taste
      slow approach, pear, raisins, leather, apple, cotton candy
    • Finish
      medium & soft, pear, kiwi

  24. MM-Speyside scored this whisky 71 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      60 60

  25. Rosebank88 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Sherry toned and surprisingly complex. Lots of nuts, marzipan, orange peel, Earl Gray tea, dried roses, rosehip jam and a hint of peat.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Oily-nutty sherry tones, doughy aromas, oak, delicate roasted aromas, fruit tea, dried roses, raspberries and here again a trace of peat.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Fragrant, fruity and sherry tones. Long.

  26. Max70 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I found it needs a while in the glass and some drop of water to show all its character.
    Well balanced, quite complex and with a clean final.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The most complex component: sherry wnd vanilla are the primary components, then malt, fruits, cake
    • Taste
      87 87
      Spices, sweet wood, lemonade, orange
    • Finish
      86 86
      Cinammon, sweet wood. Clean with a medium persistence.

  27. diamond2000 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Aroma: sweet honey, milk caramel, coffee with milk, dark raisins, prunes, black currant wiped with sugar, second wave - old lacquered furniture, dusty books, minerals (stone crumb), after some time fresh sliced ginger appears, blooming lilac . The fragrance is constantly revealed and begins to play with new colors, good!

    Taste: sweet ginger, extra black chocolate, black coffee with sugar, dark raisins, brown demerara sugar.

    Finish: medium length, chocolate and coffee gradually leaving sweetness in bitterness, compote of dried fruits, prunes, spices.

    Rating: 86

    Bottom line: the aroma is closed, time-consuming, but gradually introduces something new and develops - I really liked it; after that you expect something similar from taste and finish, but alas, everything is pretty simple and monotonous here, but of course the balance is at a height - the coffee and chocolate theme is traced from aroma to finish.

  28. ctu scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Not bad, but I would expect more complexity and depth from whisky of this age!
    • Nose
      83 83
      Oak, vanilla, citruses, caramel, metals, sawdust, hay and mixed fruit jam.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Spicy oak, sherry, forest fruits and citruses.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium length, spicy, bittersweet.

  29. rolabob scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  30. Totoro scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Less heavily sherried than the 18-year-old. Needs a bit of time in the glass. Nose: some cardboard and wood shavings, mint chocolates, sun-dried hay, baked apples, and honey. Still pretty fresh and light after 21 years. Veeeery faint peat in the background, could also be charred wood. Makes a rather dry impression, not a whole lot of fruitiness. It's pleasant, but a bit quiet.

    On the tongue, the body could be bigger, for sure. A bit thin; unimpressive attack. Very Speyside, very middle-of-the-road, with a very chillfiltered mouthfeel. More sherry on the palate than on the nose. Dry throughout, with tannic bursts and quite a bit of bitterness at the end. The age (i.e., old wood) comes through at the death as well.

    Finishes on bitter, sour coffee, perhaps a splash of herbal liqueur as well. Still some heat, even at 43% and 21 years. Not great, to be honest.

    Hmmmmh, I really liked the recent 12- and 15-year-old standard bottlings, and the 18-year-old was good as well if you're into dry sherry, but this one leaves me cold. For the most part, this provides an entry-level experience, with the age only showing intermittently, in frustrating flashes. I really don't see the point of this bottling. For the money, I'd opt for a Glenfarclas 21 or even a Ballantine's 21 (the 43% version, needless to say).

  31. vb_bembel scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  32. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    sweet spices, a peppery side on the return and the diffuse sherry sensation!

    then humus (wet grass!), mushrooms (cepes) and characteristic dry woody, vanilla-orange for fruits.
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  33. BehindSpace scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      74 74

  34. Jean Ginster scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    good PLV, rather on the dry side. He should be left in the bottle for several months, which he does very well.
    • Nose
      nice fruity, pear, citrus, vanilla, caramel, very delicate oak, has some metallic in the background
    • Taste
      round, caramel, oak spice, a slight tingle on the tongue. Again, a very slight metallic note.
    • Finish
      dry, slightly sweet. It leaves a somewhat sweetish oak spices, with the entfenrt metallic note. Drinkable.

  35. maltaholic scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Class!
    • Nose
      At first the wood, the oak, dominates. He is old enough. The fruit is fruity with very slight vanilla.
    • Taste
      In the taste rather spicy. A load of juniper, beetroot, very light sherry, creamy.
    • Finish
      The empty glass smells of oak and vanilla - just as I like it.

  36. maltaholic scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  37. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    In contrast to the quite edgy wooden board from 1990, which I recently tasted, the 94 is now again a really tasty number with the age of corresponding intensity, for 65 € "very drinkable".
    • Nose
      relatively dry, sawdust, old dust, some acidity, white wine, there is something else fruity, could be a berry note, fresh raspberry or red currant, and a hint of dark chocolate, almost no sweetness
    • Taste
      first fruity, orange marmalade, or better orange gummy, a little honey, then a lot of drinking cocoa with some pepper
    • Finish
      long, warm, pepper, cocoa, a little camillan

  38. hs305 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2016]  Together with friends I emptied a bottle that I bought for 69 Euro in July, 2016.In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 82,5.  My notes state it is the weakest 21 year Knockando I had so far.

  39. Dyno scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    this one needs a lot of time to come to it's best. over half a year it kept improving. now it's finished so i'll never know if it would have improved more, all i know is that at first i was dissappointed and now i reckon it's damn good value for money!

  40. pianoman scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Light, fresh. Yellow apples, some malt and cereals. A touch of grated orange peel, light wood. Wet cardboard.
    • Taste
      Cornflakes, honey, a hint of pepper. Cocoa powder, walnuts, cardboard. Medium.

  41. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A nice malt.
    • Nose
      Very dark fruit, the sherry joins. A "set malt" is waiting to be drunk ...
    • Taste
      Very nicely it comes in the mouth - and after a short while it is suddenly quite, very dark-fruity. Excellent.
    • Finish
      Warm, medium to long finish.

  42. Dyno scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  43. dRambo scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Nose: fruity juicy oranges, fresh grapefruit, lime, fresh fruity tartness, hardly any sweetness in the nose, oak notes in the background well perceptible, but never dominiant, slightly dusty like sawdust from rotten wood

    Taste: Wood, in contrast to the nose a lot of oak and almost no fruit, slightly bitter, tart, slightly dry, but then comes on a light sweetness and light chocolate / coffee notes, but which are mostly overshadowed by tart wood, such a slightly biting stringy woody wort lies above everything. Also about the sherry fruits, which I can find only with the second sip. A mixture of oranges and occasionally a hint of red berries. The finish is quite long for 43% and becomes extremely dry and sawdust aromatic.

    Conclusion: The 1994 18-year-old Knockando tastes better. This one has a really nice nose, but in the mouth it's too harsh, woody just for my taste not in balance or too long in the barrel. Drinkable yes - but at the price I get better like Aberlour 18 or Cardhu 18

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  44. JacobaEd scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  45. sammy01 scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      73 73
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      82 82

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