Knockdhu

anCnoc 2009 Vintage

What they say

Our Vintage expression has become a tradition at anCnoc and our recently released Vintage 2009 is a fitting testimony to the time-honoured methods employed in the production of this traditional yet distinctly modern single malt.

anCnoc Vintage 2009 has been matured in Spanish and American oak casks and has been bottled in its most natural form, neither coloured or non-chill filtered. 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.

https://ancnoc.com/whiskies/current-range/2009-vintage/

This special limited-edition expression proudly showcases the heritage and skill of Knockdhu’s small distillery team in creating a distinctive yet approachable whisky, with passion, tradition and craftsmanship distilled into every bright golden drop.

A delicate spicy, woody nose combines with anCnoc’s classic honey and citrus notes, demonstrating the time that this beautiful malt has spent quietly maturing in a combination of first-fill Spanish oak butts and ex-bourbon American oak barrels. With each sip, drinkers can look forward to delicious flavours of rich spice, sweet green apple, dark chocolate and butterscotch, with a smooth finish.

Vintage 2009 comes with anCnoc’s stylish, contemporary packaging, with touches of electric blue added for the new expression. It is non-chill filtered with natural colour and is available from specialist retailers only – with the release perfectly timed for whisky drinkers looking for a new, beautifully crafted dram to enjoy or gift over the festive season.

anCnoc is crafted at Knockdhu Distillery in the small village of Knock, by Huntly in Aberdeenshire, where Distillery Manager Gordon Bruce and his long-standing team dedicate themselves to the traditional craft of making excellent whisky.

Gordon commented: ‘We’ve been waiting twelve years for this vintage and it has definitely been worth the wait. This is a dram that has all the light, fresh qualities of anCnoc that are so loved by our drinkers, but there’s also a rich spiciness and complexity from its time in the casks.

‘It’s always a joy to release a new whisky out into the world. I’m particularly proud that the character of this new vintage captures the way we do things at Knockdhu, and the traditions we hold dear, yet it still tastes like a very modern single malt. anCnoc 2009 Vintage will be a real treat for whisky drinkers looking for something a little bit different to explore, or as a special addition to the Christmas list of anyone who appreciates a well-crafted single malt’.

What I say

The 2009 vintage from anCnoc, released in 2021 and matured in a combination of 1st fill ex-Spanish oak and refill ex-Bourbon American oak casks.

  • ABV 46%
  • Age 12 Years Old
  • Bottler OB
  • Bottling 2009 Vintage
  • Cask Spanish and American oak
  • Category Single malt scotch whisky
  • Cost £48.95 from Master of Malt
  • Origin Knockdhu Distillery
  • Outturn 1320 cases
  • Region Speyside
  • Released 2021
  • Vintage 2009

My tasting notes

  • Appearance 18ct Gold (7/20), slow, medium tears and long, fine legs.
  • Nose Dusty, malty, orange zest, toffee, honey, caramel apple granny, green apples, creamy vanilla, soft leather and woody oak.
  • Taste Medium-bodied, malty biscuits, honey, apples, toffee, butterscotch, richer dark chocolate, citrus lemon and satsuma peels and touch of candied peel too.
  • Finish Medium, more sweet honey and soft citrus peel.
  • Overall A delightful vintage expression from anCnoc, full of their classic honey character. The Spanish oak has imparted some leather and chocolate notes too. A worthy addition to anCnoc’s fine vintage range.

Score 84/100

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