anCnoc 12 Years Old

anCnoc 12 Years Old (40%, OB, 2017)

  • Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
  • Origin: Knockdhu distillery
  • Bottling: Inver House
  • ABV: 40%
  • Cost: £30.95


What they say:

The anCnoc 12 year old is renowned the world over. Known as a must-have in any whisky drinker’s collection, it’s light and yet complex. Smooth yet challenging. And each twist and turn delivers a surprise. In fact, this is a dram that has something for everyone.

Official tasting notes:

  • Colour: Gentle 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. Light yet complex, smooth yet challenging. This is a dram that has something for everyone.

From anCnoc/…/12 Years Old

What I say

Another sample of the anCnoc 12 Years Old, provided with the anCnoc #LightonDark tweet tasting on 23rd November 2017 alongside the new Peatheart expression.

The standard 12 Year Old expression from Knockdhu Distillery, bottled under the anCnoc brand

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Sauternes amber gold (8/20), medium-fine tears, fine legs
  • Nose: Honey and pears initially, with some apples and orchard blossom too, heather honey, vanilla cream and a little biscuity malt follow, a lot more fragrant and floral and with a sticky sweetness, cereal barley malt remains
  • Taste: Well rounded, a touch of citrus like lemon meringue or key lime pie add a sour note to that honeyed sweetness, apple pie, custard cream biscuits, lemon juice, a touch more bitter perhaps liqourice
  • Finish: Medium length, gentle, fruity honey, citrus fruits hints of zest, a little waxy and sour


Still a great all-round whisky that introduces you to anCnoc’s range, a lovely mid-weight floral, barley and honeyed fruit, in places more floral, sour and bitter slightly than we last remembered.

Score 84/100

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