Knockando 1985 25 Year Old Whisky 2011 Bottling
The FIRST Limited Release of Knockando in this Diageo Special release range
From the Diageo Special Releases of 2011
From 1st Fill Ex-Sherry European Oak casks
Fewer than 4500 individually numbered bottles worldwide.
Official Knockando Tasting Notes
Overview - A very unusual, rich and deep flavoured expression of Knockando that is extremely complex and intriguing. Superbly balanced, drying yet with residual malty sweetness - a broad array of magnificent ex-sherry cask notes make an opulent aperitif, appetising with hard, sharp cheeses.
Appearance - Polished mahogany with crimson highlights
Nose - Deeply intriguing, rich and immediate, with no prickle. Dry Christmas cake, with slightly burnt edges, then a hard toffee note. Dry Oloroso sherry. Persistent, becoming more succulent, dried fruits macerated in liquor. Bitter-tinged traces of crystalline sugar, creamy wood oil. Fresh strawberries, and raisins! Water introduces more burnt notes, with chocolate, underscored by porcini and sage. Finally sweeter, with juicy-fruit gum
Body - Medium. Lighter than expected
Palate - Mouth-drying and surprisingly harmonious. A sweet start (fresh, ripe grapes and citrus pith), then immediately drying, with distant smoke. Briefly and enjoyably spirity, with masses of dry cocoa, then sweeter, with aged plum pudding. Water makes things milder, smoother and sweeter, reducing the initial dryness. More cocoa and cedar-wood, autumn fruits, burnt croissant
Finish - Long and warming. Espresso coffee, with a distant hint of struck matches. Glorious late, winey notes accompany drying tannins. Soft caramel, cleansing tart red fruit. Water removes the struck matches and stirs dark chocolate in the aftertaste.
Knockando - Named for the Gaelic for 'Little Black Hill', which is Cnoc-an-dhu
Currently a working distillery.
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