Nc'nean Ainnir

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Inaugural Release
Calculated age
03 years old
65% STR Red Wine, 35% Ex-Bourbon
66, 92,120,128,130
Number of bottles
60.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
07 Aug 2020 2:30 pm by m4y4
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

£ 868.23

67 × in wishlist

48 × member ratings

297 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Nc'nean Ainnir

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.44 points

  1. FernetBranco did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Issue price: £ 99.00

  2. markjedi1 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Cocoa Butter

    I was lucky enough to also get my hands of a sample of the Ainnir – which means something like ‘awakening’ in Gaelic – the inaugural release from Nc’nean of which bottle number one sold in a charity auction for no less than 41.004 pounds. The total proceeds of the first ten bottles in said auction yielded no less than 92.000 pounds. It’s the same vatting they use for the ‘regular batches’, meaning 65% STR red wine casks and 35% former bourbon casks. The difference is that this one was composed with only 5 casks, i.e. #60, 92, 120, 128 and 130 which resulted in 1.320 bottles at just over 60%. The first thing I notice is the difference in color, which is a lot darker than the ‘regular’ batches.

    Oh, this is quite different on the nose from batches 1 and 2 that are bottled at drinking strength. I get a lot more butter and buttermilk, cornflakes and digestive biscuits, while the citrus fruit is conspicuously absent and seems to be replaced by some wet clay and white wine. You can almost smell the yeast, as it were. Apart and unexpected, but certainly not an unpleasant surprise. Au contraire.

    It is very creamy on the palate, but immediately piquant. I get lots of chili peppers and some fresh ginger and liquorice. That results in the fruit having a hard time showing itself, but after my saliva glands have put out the fire some apples and grapes shine through, with a hint of pomelo and even some white chocolate. No, wait, it’s cocoa butter!

    It will come as no surprise that this lingers quite long. And only in the finish, which starts quite peppery, do I get some more fresh and fruity notes. Apples and pomelo. I like it.

    Well, this whisky has certainly gotten a place in history because of the record breaking auction result for a first release, if not for the exceptional taste. This is young and a bit rough – how can it not be? – but the potential is unmistakable. I will keep Nc’nean on my radar for I’m sure there are beautiful releases ahead of us.

  3. Archer scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Very promising. Unlike many other three-year-olds, the Ainnir could easily hold out a whole bottle.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Bright fruits that play in the direction of green apples and peaches. In addition a floral note. Malt, fresh yeast dough. Milk coffee, whole milk chocolate. For a 3-year-old, surprisingly few youthful notes come through in the nose.
    • Taste
      83 83
      With its 60.3% it is already quite snappy at the start, but delivers far more than you would expect from such a young colleague. Or rather, it shows far less on the tongue that he is only so young. The choice of flavors with honey, vanilla, light fruits and a little chocolate is quite meager, but for his age - you have to repeat it again - he is already good at it.
    • Finish
      82 82
      In the end it was quite short. The aromas from the nose and the palate linger for a moment and then have disappeared.

  4. whisky313 did not rate this whisky Specialist

    The first edition of the Nc'nean single malt whisky "Ainnir" was sold out within just 36 hours. Total circulation 1,320 bottles.

    The first 10 numbered bottles were auctioned off at a charity auction of an online auction house. A total of £ 92,000 was raised for charity.

    Bottle # 1 fetched £ 41,004, a new auction record for a distillery's first whisky.

  5. Rien scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      79 79

  6. m4y4 scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    I was following the distillery before the hype and I have to say, that the release is weak.

    The nose is the best part, fresh fruits, everything else falls apart after that, especially when compared to other recent innaugural releases (Ardnamurchan, Raasay, Torabhaig). No identity to be found here, for me.

    Hopefully future releases will renew my interest.

  7. JacobaEd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. Daan Tje scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    89 points because it's only 3 years old and such a fruity taste and powerful for this age
    For me it has potention
    Best to drink without water

  9. pianoman scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fruity. Yellow apples, honey, corn flakes. Freshly ground grain, shortbread biscuits. Clay soil, some grape must.
    • Taste
      Sweet, spicy. Apple cider, white chocolate with chilli, some rancid butter. Freshly cut grass. Grape seeds.

  10. Sylvia scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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


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