It’s finally time for me to try the anCnoc 22yo! The anCnoc whisky is a Highland malt that is produced by the Knockdhu disitillery (the name of the whisky comes from the distillerys water source). I’ve tried some anCnoc whisky before out of which the 35yo is my favorite so far. The 12yo and 16yo are very good ’standard’ whiskys.
The 22yo is matured in a combination of bourbon casks and oloroso sherry casks, though a majority of the whisky has spent its time in bourbon casks. If you wanna go for it its available for just below €100 at Master of Malt. A big thanks to the nice people at Berntson Brands, and especially Evert, for sharing a sample with me!
Theres much more sherry-influence in there than I thought it would be judging by the colour! This stuff is mouthwatering let me tell you! The classic bourbon scents of standard anCnoc but pumped up with some really nice sherry-influence (mostly on dried figs) It’s quite deep actually… there is also some kind of milk chocolate vibes, and underneath that we have dark honey and some very soft but still very prominent sweetness expressing a mix of red apples, redcurrant and citrus. I could nose this one forever… but I really wanna try it (!!!) so here we go
Oh yes, this is very nice, 46% ABV is actually quite perfect for a whisky in this style, very classic and fresh. First there is a warm sweetness mostly on dark raisins and honey, but there is also some kind of very very light liqourice there too. Then comes the bourbon stuff, something fudgy and vanilla, and then actually something reminiscent of Baileys, a mixture of cocoa, coffe and un-whipped hi-fat cream. After that something really warming and drying, not overwhelmingly so but just a little bit drying my mouth, a little bit herby. This is a very vivid and alive whisky for being 22yo and still it has something very mature about it. You should try it!