Review: anCnoc 2001 vintage

Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky

Origin: Knockdhu Distillery

Bottling: Inver House

ABV: 46%

Cost: £54.95 from Master of Malt

anCnoc-Vintage-2001

What they say:

Distilled 2001

anCnoc Vintage 2001 has matured in Spanish and American oak casks and has been bottled in its most natural form neither chill-filtered nor coloured and 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.

Colour

Vintage gold.

Nose

Brimming with freshly squeezed lemons and ripe blood oranges. Creamy vanilla, ground spices and a touch of new leather follow.

Taste

A hint of set lime honey, vanilla and a distinct chocolate presence. The finish drifts off slowly with a zesty freshness.

What I say:

Colour:

Yellow gold (9/20) medium tears with fine legs

Nose:

lighter citrus fruits lemon foam/cream, honey, estery, foam banana & white mice sweeties, white chocolate and macadamia nut, buttery

Taste:

White chocolate & vanilla, oily and sweet; clarified butter and oil-seed rape honey, biscuity cereal barley, citrus fruit; orange and tangerine and nutty macadamias

Finish:

Medium-long, zesty lemon peel & pith with honey & vanilla

Overall:

This 2001 vintage grew on me, initially redolent of American oak, the vanilla nature slowly evolved to reveal white chocolate and Macadamia nut which I suspect derived more from the Spanish oak component of the maturation. Different from the classical sherry-led flavours of the 2000 vintage which I usually lean towards. this was equally as enjoyable and refreshingly different.

Score: 85/100

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