Review: anCnoc 1999 vintage
Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
Origin: Knockdhu Distillery
Bottling: Inver House
Cost: £51.43 from Master of Malt [sold out]
What they say:
anCnoc 1999 has been bottled in its most natural form – neither chill filtered nor coloured. As a result anCnoc 1999 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.
What I say:
Sampled during the #anCnocVintage tasting held on twitter.
Dark amber with gold highlights (11/20) medium tears and legs
Balanced citrus sweet fruits lemon, lime and hints of tangerine with heather honey, biscuity malted cereal barley, lemon puff biscuits, butter candy, orchard fruits green apple, pear, vanilla cream
Limoncello, sweet and sugary fresh Sicilian Lemon, oil-seed rape honey, floral blossom, sweetened apple juice, lemon puff biscuits, hints of coconut, a tannic sharpness of oak, just a hint of figs and well-worn/sun-baked leather.
Medium, sweet and fruity
The 1999 vintage was probably the gentlest of the three (1999-2001) that were sampled during the tasting. Very well balanced and difficult to separate out American and Spanish oak influences in particular, leaving plenty of core distillery character of soft, honeyed fruits.
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