Knockando Distillery

Region: Speyside, Scotland.

Founded: 1898

Status: Active

Owner: Diageo

Water source: The Cardnach Spring

Stills: 2x Wash 2x Spirit

Capacity: 1.8 million litres per annum

Knockando distillery is a single malt Scotch whisky distillery, located in Knockando, Moray, in the Strathspey whisky producing area of Scotland.


Knockando Distillery was built by John Tytler Thomson in 1898, and is named after the village in which it stands. The name derives from Scottish Gaelic Cnoc Cheannachd, meaning “Hill of Commerce”. The village is home to a few other small houses and the larger Knockando House, and is surrounded by woods in which there are buzzards, Red Squirrel and Roe Deer. In 1904 the distillery was purchased by W & A Gilbey, a gin producer from London, becoming part of J&B / Grand Metropolitan in the 1960s and 1970s, and is now owned by multinational firm Diageo.

Knockando was the first distillery in Scotland to be built with electric lighting. In 1905 it was linked directly to the Great North of Scotland Railway, which connected Grantown-on-Spey with the main towns of north-east Scotland. Cottages for distillery workers were built nearby, as well as a house for the Customs and Excise Officer. The distillery currently lies near the disused Tamdhu Station, very close to the beginning of the Speyside Way. The railway has long since been dismantled.

Knockando Distillery is home to a famous selection of casks which went into the J & B Ultima blend in 1994 to celebrate the quincentennary of Scotch Whisky. This blend contained 128 different whiskies (116 Malt & 12 Grain) and 1 of each of these casks is still maturing in the Warehouse.

Knockando whisky reviews:

  • Knockando 12 Years Old 1997 (43%, OB, +/-2009) - Knockando 12 Years Old 1997 (Official Bottling) 43% ABV, RRP €25 for 70cl Score 69/100 What they say: Not a lot so here’s a little about the distillery: Knockando Distillery was built […]
  • knockando-21-year-old-1994-master-reserve-whisky Knockando 21 Year Old 1994 Master Reserve ~ 43% (Diageo) - Review: Knockando 21 Year Old 1994 Master Reserve Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Knockando Distillery Bottling: Diageo ABV: 43% Cost: £68.72 from Master of Malt What they say: As the […]