Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing barrels: Ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry Oloroso
Additional coloring: No
Owner: Inver House Distillers limited
Average price: € 140.00
Official website: ancnoc.com
After Knockdhu’s base malt, we double the years of ageing and jump straight to the 24yo.
Added to the portfolio in 2015, it effectively replaced the 22yo which looked similar in the ageing barrels, and had therefore become redundant.
The process at the distillery is fiercely traditional, with a keen eye on eco-sustainability, but I’ll let their words describe it.
The way anCnoc is created has not changed for over 100 years, yet we continue to innovate, even if not as much as you might think. Many of the changes are visible around our distillery, related to the environment and minimising the impact we can have on it.
On the grounds of our distillery we have developed wetlands, created in six separate 2,000 square metre cells, with 17 different species of plants spread across more than 21,000 specimens, with water and yeast used for processing being treated on site and then used as a nutrient.
This area has also helped develop the ecosystem, with insects, bats and birds attracted to it, and contributes to the reduction of our environmental footprint.
Every drop of water we extract from the spring is used at least seven times to reduce waste, not to mention our original copper stills and condensers, which ironically help create our most modern flavours.
Dark amber in the glass.
A very fruity whisky, filling the nostrils with pineapple, mango, peach and orange. Milk chocolate, marzipan, coffee powder and the warmth of the malt complete and round off the enveloping, sinuous nose. Over time, fresher and more balsamic notes are perceived, with a hint of lemon.
Malt and wood welcome the palate, very waxy and sherried, with fortified sultanas, hazelnuts, cinnamon, tropical fruit, candied orange, vanilla. Consistent with what came on the nose, including the balsamic note in the background.
The finish is quite long and dry, with wood, malt, orange and hazelnut.
Softly elegant and restrained, a calm whisky that has balanced the influence of Sherry and made the most of it without being overwhelmed.