anCnoc 12 Years Old

anCnoc 12 Years Old (40%, OB, 2020)

  • ABV: 40%
  • Age: 12 Years Old
  • Bottling: OB
  • Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
  • Cost: £30.95
  • Origin: Knockdhu distillery
  • Vintage: undeclared

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.

What I say

Another revisit to anCnoc’s 12 year old as part of their #lightondark comparison of unpeated versus peated whiskies. This time we are celebrating the release of anCnoc’s Peatheart batch 2., starting with a look at their classic 12yo expression.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Orange amber gold (10/20), oily, medium drops and medium legs.
  • Nose: Fruity, apple, pear, peach, sherbet, starburst, gently malty, cereal, biscuit, lemon puff and malted milk, coconut rings, heather honey, blueberries and golden syrup on pancakes, floral.
  • Taste: Medium-full bodied, silky and smooth on the palate, rich, honey and syrup notes continue, fruit is more subdued ‘baked’ apple turnovers, peach cobbler both with a good helping of vanilla ice-cream, some floral lillies.
  • Finish: Long, sweet, dry, oaky spices and honey.


A good & classic anCnoc expression, quite flavourful and rich even presented at 40% ABV with lots of dessert-led fruit and sweetness.

Score 84/100

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