Knockando which means little black hill in Gaelic, is a distillery in the Moray region of Speyside built in Knockando in 1898.
It draws only water from the Cardnach spring. Knockando was one of the first distillery to also sell its whiskey as a single malt. The whiskeys produced by Knockando are one of the bases of J & B's Blends (Justerini & Brooks), they are also very well known in France and Spain. Knockando's style is above all fairly light single malts, barely peated in order to serve as a taste support with notes of fresh almonds in its younger versions, with fruity notes.One of the characteristics of Knockando is to vintage all its productions.
Visiting the distillery with its pagoda-shaped roofs is a beautiful moment.
Other rivers flow and their name evokes the distilleries which drink there such as the Livet for Glenlivet, the Fiddich for Glenfiddich, the Deveron for Glen Deveron, they flow in the golf of Moray, which gave the Glen Moray. With some exceptions, where peat-dried malts have been used, Speyside malt whiskeys are not peated. The characteristic common to the whiskeys of this region is a certain roundness and a lot of elegance.
To be a Single Malt, a whiskey must obey 2 essential rules. The whiskey must be the product of a single distillery which generates the word Single, but also come only from malted cereals: the Malt.
This malted cereal must be barley, sometimes in rare exceptional cases it is conceivable that rye is used. Scotland is the largest producer of single malt whiskey. These are then Scotch Single Malt Whiskey, but there are other nations such as Japan, India, the Czech Republic or France which also distill good Single Malts.
The principles are always the same, the whiskey must come from one and the same distillery and the cereal used must be malted barley. The Knockando 18 years old slow matured is a whiskey from Speyside, a region located by the North Sea, in the heart of the Highlands.
This region produces about 60% of the volumes of single malts in Scotland, it is the region which has the largest quantity of distilleries still in operation: around fifty. Everything was organized around the River Spey, the main river that gave its name to the Speyside region.
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