AnCnoc 18 Review

This is a 18 year expression from AnCnoc that is a combination of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks and is bottled at 46% ABV.

Nose: Very briny with overtones of vinegar, grassy and hay filled malt with root vegetables and pickled cabbage.

Palate: All the bold farmy notes disappear here as it turns oddly flat and dull. Pickled vegetables remain with corn relish appearing.

Finish: Relish and brine linger on with honey and oak.

Rating: 79/100 – Definitely a unique profile with the vinegar/pickled notes. If the palate held up better, I could see this being more appealing.

Value for the money: Looks like this can be had for $73 on Master of Malt, but prices range up to $110 from what I’m seeing. $73 is a decent price on it, but the overseas shipping to US would drive that up quite a bit to the point where I don’t think this bottle would be worth it.

AnCnoc 12 Review

This is a 12 year expression from AnCnoc (previously known as Knockdhu but later changed to avoid confusion with nearby distillery Knockando) bottled at 43% ABV.

Nose: Strong bananas with pears, cherries, citrus juice and subtle oak.

Palate: Light bodied with subtle vanilla and fig. Slight brine and smoke appear after a bit.

Finish: Short finish with plums and vanilla.

Rating: 84/100 – An easy sipper but not a lot of depth to it.

Value for the money: I believe these retail around $40 which is a good price for what you get.