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Knockando

Knockando was founded in 1898 by John Thomson as the Knockando-Glenlivet Distillery Company. The little huddle of traditional distillery buildings, complete with an elegant pagoda roof, lie in the town of the same name overlooking the River Spey. The name derives from the Scottish Gaelic ‘cnoc an dhu’ or ‘little black hill’. Knockando has long been associated as a superb blending product, having spent much its working life providing malt whisky for J&B blends, of which it is a major component. The new make spirit is matured mostly in ex-American whisk(e)y barrels, namely those of Makers Mark and Jack Daniels.

The capacity is rather small at a mere 1.29 million litres per annum. Just 8% of the spirit is reserved for bottling as single malt and this is kept and matured in the five onsite warehouses. The rest of the outturn is shipped to Diageo’s central warehousing facilities. The Knockando distillery was purchased in 1904 by the gin giants W and A Gilbey for the sum of £3,500 and remained under their watchful eye until 1962, when they merged with United Wine Traders to form International Distillers and Vintners. Justerini and Brooks were amongst the group, thus the association with J&B.

The vast majority of Knockando single malt is exported; the chief market being the European mainland. As far as labelling goes, Knockando has few peers; rather than stating the age, vintages are given, though standard releases are afforded to the American market, who have yet to take to this marketing style.

Knockando Whisky Distillery

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About Knockando Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01340 882000

Distillery Capacity

1 290 000 litres

Distillery Founded

1898

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Owner

Diageo.

Distillery Address

Knockando, Moray

Distillery Website

www.malts.com

1898

John Thompson founds the distillery which is administered by Knockando-Glenlivet Distillery Company. The architect is Charles Doig.

1899

Production starts in May.

1900

The distillery closes in March and

1904

W. & A. Gilbey purchases the distillery for £3 500 and production restarts in October.

1962

W. & A. Gilbey merges with United Wine Traders (including Justerini & Brooks) and forms International Distillers & Vintners (IDV).

1968

Floor maltings is decommissioned.

1969

The number of stills is increased from two to four.

1972

IDV is acquired by Watney Mann who, in its turn, is taken over by Grand Metropolitan.

1978

Justerini & Brooks launches a 12 year old Knockando.

1997

Grand Metropolitan and Guinness merge and form Diageo; simultaneously IDV and United Distillers merge to United Distillers & Vintners.

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A delicate, sweet 12 year old single malt, unchallenging, yet rather charming. It was because of the Knockando distillery that Knockdhu began bottling their whiskies under the name anCnoc - for they...  More info
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This is the 2000 vintage 12 year old single malt Scotch whisky from the Knockando distillery in the Speyside region. Rich in fruity Speyside notes alongside good helpings of golden barley and candied...  More info
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9 year old Knockando, distilled in Summer 2000 and matured in sherry butt (cask number 5738). Bottled in Winter 2010 (what the deuce! - at the time of writing this it is March 2010!) by Douglas Laing.  More info
A 15 year old 1997 vintage single malt Scotch whisky from the Knockando distillery in Speyside. It has been matured in a combination of Sherry and refill bourbon casks. Knockando whisky is one of the...  More info
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A limited release of 4,500 bottles of 25 year old Knockando from Diageo's Special Releases. This 2011 edition is the first time Knockando has ever been featured in the series, and it comes jam-packed...  More info
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