Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry Oloroso
Additional coloring: No
Owner: Inver House Distillers limited
Average price: € 118.00
Official website: ancnoc.com
I return after some time to Knockdhu, the Highland distillery that is located in Speyside, with a malt with a name forcibly different from theirs.
With this, I complete the tour of the declared age bottles in the basic portfolio of the distillery, where in addition to several NAS you can find a 35yo limited edition and a 16yo released on the occasion of the 125 years of the distillery.
Light gold in the glass.
On the nose it is pleasantly sweet, reminiscent of Malaga ice cream with raisins, cream, vanilla, candied orange zest, honey. Beeswax. Impressions of cocoa and coffee. It’s a full sense of smell that takes time, doesn’t open immediately but on the length offers a wide bouquet.
What you feel immediately on the palate is coffee, together with spicy sharps (ginger and cinnamon), bringing ahead fruit (peach, apricot, raisins), vanilla cream, hazelnut, lemon sprays, touch of rhubarb. Sweet but not cloying, a background of rough leather emerges on the length.
Finish quite long, dry and spicy, with raisins, hazelnuts, lemon, coffee.
Full and complex enough, gives a drinking satisfaction with the minimum effort, without reaching peaks of stratification. In practice, what you expect from a distillate neither young nor elderly, by the book.