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KNOCKANDO   13 years old 43 %                
Season 1976
Bottled 1989
Proprietors: Knockando Distillery,
Speyside
Justerini & Brooks Ltd, 61,
St. James's Street, London

KNOCKANDO  15 years old 43 %              
Season of Distillation 1977
Bottled 1992
Justerini & Brooks Ltd,
St. James's Street, London

KNOCKANDO   14 years old 43%               
Season of Distillation 1978
Bottled 1992
Justerini & Brooks Ltd,
St. James's Street, London

KNOCKANDO   15 years old 43 %               
Season of Distillation 1979
Bottled 1994
Justerini & Brooks Ltd,
St. James's-Street London

KNOCKANDO  15 years old 43 %               
Season of Distillation 1980
Bottled 1995
Justerini & Brooks,
St. James's Street, London

KNOCKANDO   14 years old 43 %
Season of Distillation 1982
Bottled 1996
Justerini & Brooks,
St. James's Street, London

KNOCKANDO   21 years old 43 %     INFO           
MASTER RESERVE
Distilled in 1979
Bottled in 2000
Slow Matured to Perfection
Justerini & Brooks,
St. James's Street, London

KNOCKANDO   23 years old 437%              
PEERLESS
CASK STRENGHT
RARE AULD SCOTCH WHISKY
A Unique Whisky of Distinction
Distilled: 1980
Bottled: 2004
Fons et Origo
Cask  no. 1913
279 Numbered Bottles
Duncan Taylor & Co., Ltd.
Huntly, Aberdeenshire

KNOCKANDO   18 years old 43 %   INFO         
SLOW MATURED
Distilled 1986
Bottled 2005
Matured with Sherry Casks
Knockando Distillery,
Knockando, Banffshire

KNOCKANDO Aged  25  years  43 %                                                                                                                                                          LIMITED  EDITION  2 0 1 1                                                                                                                                                                                    Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky                                                                                                                                                                     One of only 4758 Bottled in 2011                                                                                                                                                                    Matured Exclusively in European Oak                                                                                                                                                        Individually Numbered Bottles                                                                                                                                                                                                   Knockando Distillery, Knockando, Banffshire

Highland Malt
Speyside
KNOCKANDO  (1898

Knockando, Morayshire. Licentiehouder: Justerini & Brooks Ltd. Onderdeel van International Distillers & Vintners Ltd. Het Eigendom van Grand Metropolitan. (GrandMet).
Gesticht in 1898 door John Thompson aan het einde van een periode van grote bloei van de whiskyindustrie.
Knockando betekent kleine zwarte heuvel.
Het water komt van de Gardnach bron waarvan Knockando de alleenrechten heeft.
Knockando is altijd een gemeenschap geweest, er wonen nu 200 mensen in twee kernen, één om de distilleerderij, de tweede rondom de kerk.
In 1898 zakte de whiskymarkt in elkaar en in 1904 werd Knockando het eigendom van W.A. Gilbey, wijnkopers te Londen, voor de heel lage prijs van E 3500.
Gilbey was toen al in het bezit van Glen Spey, gekocht in 1887 en Strathmill, overgenomen in 1895.
Men heeft in de archieven een verslag gevonden uit 1899, het eerste jaar dat Knockando produceerde, toen werd er alleen tijdens de winter gedistileerd.
De in het voorjaar gezaaide gerst werd in de zomer geoogst, in de herfst opgeslagen. Men hield de seizoenen uit elkaar, ook wat het latere resultaat in de fles betreft.
Bij Knockando wordt elk produktiejaar nog altijd als seizoen aangeduid, hoewel men het gehele jaar door distilleert.
In 1962 ging Gilbey samen met Justerini & Brooks Ltd (1749) en anderen om samen Inter-national Distillers & Vintners te vormen. (I.D.V.).
In 1974 werd Auchroisk gebouwd.
In September 1993 koopt GrandMet samen met Robertson & Baxter de laatste onafhankelijke graandistilleerderij: North British.
GrandMet en R & B waren al voor 38 % eigenaar.
Voor de resterende aandelen werd E 50.000.000 betaald.
Op 12 Mei 1997 wordt de fusie aangekondigd tussen Guinness en GrandMet.
Op 22 Oktober 1997 wordt bekend dat de nieuwe naam Diageo zou worden.
Knockando heeft vier ketels, De kapaciteit is 2 miljoen liter spirit per jaar.
Knockando voegt niets toe aan zijn whisky.
Voor elke botteling van Knockando worden ongeveer 400 vaten uitgezocht, gemengd en drie maanden gelagerd, 'married', en dan gebotteld.
De leeftijd staat niet vast, maar is wisselend.
De maxium leeftijd van Knockando zou ongeveer 25 jaar zijn. Het water komt van Cardnach Spring.
De Mash tun is 4 ton.
De acht Wash backs zijn groot 21.500 liter.
De twee Wash stills zijn groot 10.800 liter, de twee Spirit stills elk 7000 liter en worden met stoom verhit.

The distillery of Knockando which in Gaelic means 'little black hill' lies in the heart of Speyside, a region of Scotland renowed as the home of the highest quality malt whiskies.
Knockando Slow Matured is distinctively complex, with a rich palate revealing deeper almond notes, sweet hints of Sherry and light oak flavours giving way to a warm and smooth finish.
The distillery of Knockando stands on the banks of the river Spey, which gives its name to Speyside, a region in the north-eastern Scottish Highlands long renowed as the home of the finest malt whiskies.
Built in 1898, the Knockando distillery lies in the village of the same name, derived from Gaelic 'Cnoc-an-dhu', meaning 'little black hill'.
Only the purest natural ingredienst are used to make Knockando: malted barley, yeast and crystal clear spring water from the Cardnack spring, which lies in the hills above the distillery.
Time is another key element, as gentle maturation in oak casks slowly reveals the subtle aromas of Knockando : delicate with a distinctive fresh almond note in its younger versions, it gains weight and dept of flavour over the years.
This older version of Knockando is matured with Sherry casks, prized by distillers for the rich fruity notes which they lend to malt whisky, a special slow maturation which adds complexity and smoothness to the elegant fruity character of Knockando.
Aged for a minimum of 18 years, Knockando Slow Matured has a rich palate revealing deeper almond notes, sweet hints of Sherry and light oak flavours giving way to a warm and smooth finish.

The History Of Knockando

People and places don't just shape a Single Malt Scotch Whisky's flavour. They change the course of its future. Get a taste of how the whisky you love today came to be, with this brief Knockando timeline.

1898
Founded by John Tytler Thomson, named for the village in which it stands – itself taken from the Gaelic meaning ‘little black hill’. Designed by popular architect and engineer, Charles Doig.
1899
Ten months after production began the whisky bubble burst, thanks in part to the artifice of the Pattison brothers, and the distillery closed.
1903
Largely untouched by the whisky crisis, gin producers W. & A. Gilbey buy the distillery.
1904
Charles Gold, the Gilbys' brother-in-law takes charge of the Knockando, launching an immediate program of expansion and improvement.
1905
Knockando is connected to the Great North of Scotland Railway.
1917
The Government ban all pot-stilling to conserve barley stocks, ceasing production.
1950
World sales return to pre Great War levels.
1962
W. & A. Gilbey merges with United Wine Traders to form a new company – International Distillers and Vintners.
1968
The traditional floor maltings are closed.
1971
Knockando selected as a single malt in its own right, rather than going into a blend.
1978
Justerini & Brooks launches a 12 year old official bottling.


Knockando is fairly typical of the style of the period when blenders were looking for lighter styles from the region. Its production – rapid mashing, short fermentation and quick distillation – is designed to produce a light nutty/malty character.


The distillery was built during the last of the three phases of distillery construction in the 19th century by John Thompson & Co, but like many built at this time, the distillery struggled and was bought by W & A Gilbey in 1904 for £3,500 as part of the London-based gin distiller’s expansion into whisky blending (it had bought Glen Spey in 1885 and Strathmill in 1895).

It then became part of IDV in 1962 which transferred the licence to its Justerini & Brooks whisky division. It has served as the ‘home’ of the J&B blend ever since. Following IDV’s merger with United Distillers it became part of Diageo.

Although it remains a central player within J&B, Knockando has some pedigree as a single malt, mainly at 12-years-old, and was unusual in its habit of stating both the season and years of distillation and bottling date. It remains a good seller in France and some line extensions have been added in recent years.

TIMELINE

1898
Knockando distillery is founded by John Thompson, who enlists the famed Charles Doig to build it
1899
The distillery begins production
1900
Just one year after production starts the distillery closes, and its management taken over by J. Thompson & Co
1904
Knockando is purchased by W & A Gilbey – their third Scotch distillery acquisition – who restarts distillation
1962
The distillery remains in W & A Gilbey's hands until it merges with United Wine Traders to form IDV
1968
Knockando's floor maltings are abandoned; the next year its stills are doubled to four
1972
IDV becomes a part of Grand Metropolitan
1997
Grand Metropolitan merges with Guinness to form Diageo
KNOCKANDO FACTS

CONDENSER TYPE i
Shell and tube
FERMENTATION TIME i
48hrs
FILLING STRENGTH i
63.5%
GRIST WEIGHT (T) i
4.44
HEAT SOURCE i
Steam
MALT SPECIFICATION i
Lightly peated
MALT SUPPLIER i
Mainly in house
MASH TUN TYPE i
Lauter
NEW-MAKE PHENOL LEVEL i
Lightly peaty
NEW-MAKE STRENGTH i
71-72%
SPIRIT STILL CHARGE (L) i
6,930
SPIRIT STILL SHAPE i
Ball
STILLS i
4
WASH STILL CHARGE (L) i
10,000
WASH STILL SHAPE i
Lamp glass
WASHBACK TYPE i
Wood
WASHBACKS i
8
WATER SOURCE i
Cardnach Spring
WORT CLARITY i
Cloudy
YEAST TYPE i
Creamed
OWNERS

Diageo logo
CURRENT OWNER

Diageo
1997 - present
PREVIOUS OWNERS

Grand Metropolitan
1972 - 1997
International Distillers & Vintners
1962 - 1972
W&A Gilbey
1904 - 1962
J Thompson & Co
1900 - 1904
John Thompson
1898 - 1900
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