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anCnoc 22 Years Old ~ 46% (Inver House)

Review: anCnoc 22 Years Old

Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Knockdhu Distillery

Bottling: Official – Inver House Distillers Ltd.

ABV: 46%

Cost: £79.99 from Master of Malt

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What they say:

Matured predominately in American oak, ex-bourbon casks as well as Spanish oak, ex-sherry butts, anCnoc 22 Years Old displays complexity and a wealth of character but its long lasting rich, smoky finish sets this dram apart from the younger offerings.

Colour

Bright gold with a copper tint.

Nose

Sweet and spicy with notes of honey and toffee. Warm Christmas cake is accentuated by the freshness of lemons, green apples and cut flowers. All wrapped in a delicate whiff of wood smoke.

Taste

Full bodied and complex. Distinct crushed clove, raisin and blood orange flavours are at the front, closely followed by layers of fragrant vanilla and leather. The long, rich finish is smoky and spicy.

What I say:

Sampled as part of the #IHDMasterclass online beamed live from the Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh. Many thanks to Lukasz and the team at IHD for asking us to take part in this tasting.

Colour:

Amber bronze (13/20), slow forming medium-sized tears leave medium legs

Nose:

More spiced than the anCnoc 18 Years Old, plenty of cinnamon and gingerbread on top of the floral and honeyed cereal maltiness, some toffee, Christmas cake or light pudding, brandy soaked raisins, freshly ground nutmeg but also a sprinkle of icing sugar

Taste:

Creamy vanilla and chocolate milkshake, toffee and fudge, rich, malty cereal, cinnamon spiced apples, slightly burnt caramelised sugars and molasses, condensed milk sweetness, crème brulee and vanilla custard, some tannic leather or suede

Finish:

Long, spiced and creamy toffee melting in the mouth whilst sitting by an open log fire

Overall:

A spicier and slightly smoky dram, much more contemplative this one. Rich and with plenty of body, flavour and character, this really displays wonderful cask maturation on a light honeyed base spirit. A real indulgent pleasure!

Score: 86/100

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