I didn’t know much about AnCnoc the distillery apart from it had to change it’s name because it was similar or the same as another distillery called Knockando. AnCnoc is a highland distillery and this is the entry bottle to their core range which consists of 18, 24 and 35 year old whiskies. They regularly release special editions and special edition ranges which confuses me a bit… oh and they have peated variants too. I have noticed this bottle at a reasonable price (£25-£35 price bracket) and regularly stocked at Marks and Spencer so I decided to give it a try.
Whisky: AnCnoc 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whiskey, 40% vol.
Nose: Icing sugar, custard, honey, citrus, salt, smoke
Taste: Malt, honey, lemon zest, brine, oak, smoke
Finish: Brine and smoke
Summary: I don’t like to use regions to characterise whiskies but I am aware that I sometimes fall into that trap. When I had this all I could think of is that if there is ever a whisky that represents the highlands then I think this would be it. It is similar to the Glenmorangie 10 in some ways in that it has that pleasant citrus and honey thing to it but in addition to that I also sense some brine and a touch of smoke. I sometime get coastal and smoke characteristics mixed up but I am sure they are both present here. The oak bitterness lingers a bit in the aftertaste on this one which doesn’t quite appeal to me if I am being fussy, but overall this is a solid single malt, there is nothing I take a serious disliking too but at the same time it is not memorable, so I won’t be jumping in head first to step up to the 18 year old.
Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,
1 – not to my preference
2 – tastes fine but does not excite me
3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally
4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf
5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf
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