An Cnoc 16-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
125th Anniversary of Knockdhu Distillery
Stated Age
16 years old
American Oak Ex-Bourbon Casks
Number of bottles
56.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
23 Aug 2019 8:17 am by maltaholic
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 122.46

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Whisky Reviews for An Cnoc 16-year-old

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.10 points

  1. yfalkov scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Very delicate, clean bourbon, very subtle for cask strength. Lots of cream and vanilla everywhere
    • Nose
      Vanilla, flowers, apple, some pickles
    • Taste
      Very creamy, vanilla ice cream, milk fudge,
    • Finish
      Long, sweet, vanilla, white pepper

  2. Totoro scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A complicated, edgy whisky, but when you get adventurous with your pipette (or teaspoon), this is a veritable treasure chest. At times, it performs like an older malt, at others, it's super lively and fresh. A shapeshifter, if you will, but definitely worth it. Just a few centiliters will go a long way toward keeping you busy, puzzled, and entertained.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Very sweet and oily - perhaps even waxy - without water, but the alcohol does intrude a bit. You immediately notice that the casks that have gone into this have been pretty active and of good quality. Noses older than 16; only the alcoholic nip and a soft fermentary note tip you off to its actual age.
      With water, it loses immediate intensity but gains depth and complexity. Now there are essential oils, herbals (eukalyptus and rosemary), arboreal aromas (pine and fir), and more varied citrus fruits (pink grapefruit and blood orange). H2O also brings out a soft idea of wood smoke - probably a byproduct of the recharred casks.
      Sidenote: this *really* takes a lot of water, and it keeps improving in the process, so don't be afraid when adding some more. And more. And more...
    • Taste
      88 88
      Without water, the sheer intensity of the active American oak casks is almost overwhelming. On the plus side, the onslaught of wood oils and spices creates the impression of a much older malt (blind, I might've even guessed 18-20 years). On the downside, the peppery / gingery bite and tannic tartness is really too much to bear to let it linger in the mouth for a prolonged period of time.
      With water, it remains zesty and spicy (and tart, initially, until you add enough water), but the bite becomes manageable. Once it's down to comfortable drinking strength, it may have lost some of the unique, over-the-top woody goodness, but the added creamy sweetness (ah, there it is, after more than three teaspoons) and dialed-up fruitiness (grape, lime, bitter orange, unripe pineapple) more than make up for it.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Sour fruits, tart tannins and high-quality American oak. Still no sweetie, but that comes with the territory. It's that kind of style.

  3. Jackson05 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    In store sample.

    Younger AnCnoc can sometimes be a little over the top floral for my liking. This one is not overly floral, but a little heavy handed on vanilla and spice. It’s not bad, but a little one dimensional and boring to me. Some people like this style, I do not.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Prickly, white pepper, vanilla, grain, fresh flowers, a drop of honey.
    • Taste
      82 82
      This type of mouthfeel loses my interest. It offers no substance. Just thin, spicy, vanilla. Behind the dominant notes there’s flowers, pine, a drop of honey.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Hot. Spicy (white pepper). Oak. Vanilla.

  4. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    20 19 20 19 78

    young strong whisky, it is better not to look at the label, so as not to be upset ... sadly.

  5. wisekycourse scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    fruits in basket and caramel, and a little barley well dried!
    the mouth lets the alcohol explode, it stings a little, then pastry sensation, lemon, vanilla and full of exotic fruits, amplified by spices
    a little dry wood, lemon vanilla again and the fruits coming back.
    Interesting finish with exotic fresh fruit, wood and sweet caramel.

  6. claymore84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 04-04-2021.

  7. besar scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. tangtang scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    very tasty malt. Quite spicy due to the high alcohol content but well integrated. Very tasty and tasty.
    • Nose
      intense nose, very spicy with lots of light fruits, the alcohol is clearly noticeable, herbs and floral notes, light vanilla in the background
    • Taste
      powerful, fruity, sweet start, sweet with vanilla and caramel, lots of light fruits, very intense, spicy. Slightly nutty
    • Finish
      spicy fruity finish, also here very intense and bitterly sweet with vanilla and slightly nutty. Quite long

  9. Mapl scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. the_muskox scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Tasty stuff! It reminds me quite a lot of Balvenie 12 Single Barrel, but with more tropical fruit, oak, and that particular rounded nutty note. It has a bit of heat going on, but nothing too extreme. I like the luscious tropical sweetness and rich buttery notes. That nutty element is interesting, almost earthy, and adds an extra dimension. All in all, a well-made bourbon-cask whisky.

    Nose: Bright and fresh. Loads of fresh fruit: green apple, pear, pineapple, and (especially) coconut. Rich vanilla custard, caramel, white chocolate, buttercream, toasted nuts, and nougat. There’s a supple pizza-dough flavour in there, as well as some caramel popcorn. Some slightly savoury notes of new leather and cut grass.

    Palate: Medium-thick texture. A bit tart up front, with fresh lemon, green apple, and more grass. This gives way to honey, then caramel and a big dose of tropical fruit. A good amount of heat in here, maybe banana peppers. Sweet cereals in the middle: pizza dough, sugary wort, and butter. It develops to rich, savoury nuts, maybe toasted walnuts, then charred oak, some leather, black pepper, and light tobacco. Quite an extended development.

    Finish: Medium-length. The heat and oak lift back to sweetness. Caramel apple, pineapple, coconut, cinnamon, nutmeg, a hint of bubblegum, and more white chocolate. A syrupy cola flavour appears here. Honey and ginger on the back end.


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