Knockdhu Distillery Scotland Speyside Region

anCnoc 12yo

Review of Knockdhu's base malt, anCnoc 12 years.

Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gradation: 40%
Ageing barrels: Ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry
Chillfiltered: Yes
Added coloring: Yes
Owner: Inver House Distillers limited
Average price: € 39.00
Official website: ancnoc.com
Vote: 77/100

And here’s a new label for the blog, one that isn’t very well regarded by most but which, because of this, caught my attention.
The distillery that produces it, Knockdhu, was founded in 1893 at the foot of Knock Hill, enjoying the proximity not only of water sources but also of the railway and a very rich area for barley production.
Closed in 1931, it reopened after the war, only to be sealed again in 1983. Acquired by Inver House in 1988, production restarted the following year and hasn’t stopped since.
In 1994 it decided to call its whisky anCnoc (“the hill”), to avoid confusion with the whisky produced by Knockando.

As is sometimes the case with distilleries based in Speyside (such as Macallan), anCnoc claims the title of Highland whisky, wanting to embody its spirit and aromas.
Twelve year old is the base malt in their portfolio, and there is also a 43% version.

The nose is caressed by delicate, floral aromas, accompanied by marzipan, honey and lemon peel. Very fresh and harmonious, rather simple but pleasant.
The palate reflects what we found on the nose, with ripe peach, honey, lemon, nutmeg and a hint of salt. Without flaw, without flashes, fresh and compact.
The finish is not very long, of fruit and nutmeg, and very saline.

When it comes to drinking spirits of excellence, you may forget about what are known as daily drams: whiskies that are not very complex but well-structured, solid, that don’t offer an all-encompassing experience but are simply “nice”.
An inexpensive alternative to the rubbish on the shelves of many bars.

Other bottlings in the blog:
anCnoc 18yo
anCnoc 24yo
anCnoc Peatheart

Other perspectives:
The Whiskey Reviewer

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