Review No.216. AnCnoc 18 Year Old

The 12 year old AnCnoc is a decent and well priced single malt.  If you follow your flavours by region then I would it typifies what Highland whisky is all about with fresh fruit, honey and citrus.  Really pleasant stuff without being standout.  I recall stating that because of this I was not in rush to try the 18 year old which is the next age statement in the range and more than double the price.  Anyway, it looks like I have got around to trying it…well as sample of it.


Whisky: AnCnoc 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 46%

Nose: Grass, metallic, malt, stewed apples, citrus, honey, butterscotch, vanilla, spice, raisins

Taste: Oranges, apples, ginger, honey, barley sugar, malt, cinnamon

Finish: Dry, cinnamon spice, honey

Score: 3.25


Summary: This is fruity and sweet.  The oak does not take over thankfully and instead adds a nice balance of dryness to the finish.  This 18 year old feels like a natural progression from the 12 year old.  The fresh apples and citrus with honey spice are there along with those bourbon notes of vanilla and butterscotch.  This isn’t that complex in that I didn’t get more and more flavours as it developed but then the balance of flavours are wonderful at the same time and I could drink this all day.  At approx. £70 I think this is a decent single malt but then at this price point you could get something more interesting.



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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