anCnoc 2000 vintage (46%, OB, 2014)
- Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
- Origin: Knockdhu Distillery
- Bottling: Inver House
- ABV: 46% ABV
- Cost: £55 for 70cl
- Score: 85/100
What they say:
anCnoc Vintage 2000 has matured in Spanish oak ex-sherry butts and American oak ex-bourbon barrels and has been bottled in its most natural form, neither chill-filtered nor coloured. As a result this dram may develop a light haze with the addition of water or if kept at a cold temperature. This haze is a natural characteristic of whisky that is non-chill filtered.
Bronzed honey with rich amber highlights.
Oriental spices, toasted vanilla and cocoa beans give way to subtle aromas of lemon grass, orange peel and fragrant cut flowers.
Smooth creamy vanilla, spicy sherry notes, pralines and lively citrus lead to a long balanced finish with a hint of wood smoke.
What I say:
Sampled at the anCnoc masterclass in Edinburgh on 25th March 2015 and again during the #ModernTradition tweet tasting on 1st April 2015. The 2000 vintage is made up 60/40 with whisky fully matured in either ex-Spanish oak sherry casks and ex-American oak bourbon casks. Quoted as 14 year old as distilled in 2000 and bottled in late 2014. Sampled again during the #anCnocVintage twitter tasting on 19th May 2016 vis 1999 and 2001 vintages.
Dark amber/ruby (12/20), medium tears with fine trails
Deeper fruits, orange, peach, nectarine, date, fig, leather, tannins.
Spiced fruits, berries, figs and dates, powdery cinnamon and ground pepper, cocoa powder and coffee
Tannic oak, leather, spiced cinnamon and dried mango pieces
My favourite of the tweet tasting, a real balanced depth is obtained from each of the cask maturations