Knockando is one of Diageo's Classic Malts, but it is not currently open to the public. It used to have a visitor centre but this closed in the 1990s.
Knockando is another survivor of the late 19th century distillery boom - designed by Charles Doig. But things didn't start well - less than a year after it started producing whisky, Knockando was a victim of the Pattison scam and closed for five years before being bought by gin producers Gilbey's. Its fortunes have improved since.
Although there are 5 warehouses at Knockando, casks are filled at Auchroisk or Glenlossie before being returned to the distillery. One warehouse apparently holds cask from each of the 128 distilleries (116 malt and 12 grain) that contributed to the now discontinued J&B Ultima blend.
Malt Madness, WhiskyMerchants.co.uk Wikipedia
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Nearest National Rail stations are Elgin (ELG) (20 miles), Forres (FOR) (17), Keith (KEH) (21). Live train times: ELG, FOR, KEH.
At the end of a road off the A9102 between Upper Knockando and Archiestown near the mouth of the Knockando burn. It is also on the Speyside Way, on the banks of the Spey.
Knockando's contribution to the Classic Malt range is a 12yo bottled at 43%. Unusually, the distillery puts a vintage year on the label as well as the age statement. Older bottlings are also available - a 1995 15yo, a 1994 18yo and a 21yo Master Reserve are recent examples - all bottled at 43%.
Most of the single malt goes to France and Spain where it is a much better known brand than in the UK, but even more finds its way into the J&B blend.
Very few independent bottlings.
LFW, RMW, TWE
Nearest Bike shops - Elgin:or Forres
Bikes and Bowls 7 High Street, Elgin 01343 549656
Halfords Lossie Wynd N, Elgin 01343 552030
Stuarts Cycles & Sports Goods 32 High Street, Forres 01309 672432
Photos on this page were taken by me. Click on photo to enlarge. Full size versions of all my photos of Knockando Distillery are available on Flickr.