anCnoc 2001 vintage (40%, OB, 2015)
- Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
- Origin: Knockdhu Distillery
- Bottling: Inver House
- ABV: 46%
- Cost: £54.95
What they say:
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.
What I say:
Yellow gold (9/20) medium tears with fine legs
lighter citrus fruits lemon foam/cream, honey, estery, foam banana & white mice sweeties, white chocolate and macadamia nut, buttery
White chocolate & vanilla, oily and sweet; clarified butter and oil-seed rape honey, biscuity cereal barley, citrus fruit; orange and tangerine and nutty macadamias
Medium-long, zesty lemon peel & pith with honey & vanilla
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.
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