Review: anCnoc 1999 vintage

Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Knockdhu Distillery

Bottling: Inver House

ABV: 46%

Cost: £51.43 from Master of Malt [sold out]

anCnoc-1999-vintage

What they say:

Distilled 1999

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.

Colour

Amber with a slight yellow hue.

Nose

Soft, very aromatic with a hint of honey and lemon in the foreground.

Taste

Sweet to start with an appetising fruitiness and a long smooth finish.

What I say:

Sampled during the #anCnocVintage tasting held on twitter.

Colour:

Dark amber with gold highlights (11/20) medium tears and legs

Nose:

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

Taste:

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.

Finish:

Medium, sweet and fruity

Overall:

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.

Score: 84/100

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