Nc'nean Organic Single Malt

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Batch 1
Calculated age
03 years old
65% STR Red Wine, 35% Ex-Bourbon
Batch 1
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
13 Aug 2020 9:22 am by Tauti

Average value

€ 307.72

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Whisky Reviews for Nc'nean Organic Single Malt

45 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.92 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    New Kid on the Block

    Nc’Nean is a new distillery (originally it was christened Ncn’Ean, but no one could pronounce it, so it was changed to Nc’Nean), named after Neachneobhain, the Celtic queen of spirits and protector of nature, something this distillery feels is very important. They grow their barley organically and use only renewables for energy. Even the packaging, both bottle and tube, are made of recycled material. The first spirit came from the stills in 2017, after a process put together by Dr Jim Swan, who passed away two weeks before. In 2020 the inaugural release ‘Ainnir’ at cask strength was launched (1320 bottles), immediately followed by this general release – batch 1 – at drinking strength. By the way: bottle no 1 of the Ainnir was sold for charity and broke all records with a winning bid of no less than £41.004! This Batch 1 sold out pretty quickly. It’s a vatting of 14 casks, 65% STR red wine casks and 35% former bourbon casks.

    The nose is young and playful, but not immature. Sweet malt, caramel and nougat, flowery honey, wilde flowers and a hint of pomelo. Fresh and fruity and reminds me a bit of a Lowland scotch.

    The malt is nicely creamy and softly spicy on white pepper and liquorice. The playfulness returns on the palate with sweet malt and hazelnuts, but now mostly citrus fruit in the guise of pomelo and lime. There is a lovely minty freshness. Very summery.

    The finish is medium long, pleasantly warm and fruity on more citrus.

    This is very good for a three years old malt. And I must confess, I love the packaging. Looks absolutely stunning in my book. Originally this was around 55 EUR, but alas nowhere to be found anymore. Bring on batch 2.

  2. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior


    Nose: playful, sweet and fruity. Nectarines and peaches mostly, with added notes of yellow apple. In the background there’s a grainy / grassy layer. A candied note (maybe marshmallow) and orange peel. Smooth fragrant aromas as well, like honey and lightly floral oak.

    Mouth: sweet again (peach, vanilla custard), with obvious young notes, grainy touches and a big citric side with mint. A bright springtime character, smooth and simple. Then you get the usual charred oaky note of an STR cask, with aniseed, liquorice and allspice.

    Finish: not too long, still sweet, very malty and fruity.

    Nc’Nean is a well designed spirit with clear Dr. Swan markers. Very much in line with other young STR-based whiskies, albeit with a brighter, light-footed floral touch. For a 3 year-old this recipe is hard to beat, and I confirm it does work well as a highball. On the other hand I personally hope the longer ageing spirit and the yeast experiments result in more complexity and something unique (I’m not an avid highball drinker).

  3. Pese did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    BATCH TRANSPARENCY information according to https://ncnean.com/pages/batches

    BATCH .01
    Distillation dates: April, May & July 2017
    Number of bottles: 5040
    Spirit recipe: Light and Fruity
    Yeasts: Anchor and Fermentis
    Cask mix: 65% STR Red Wine, 35% Ex-Bourbon
    Cask numbers: 2017 / 67, 68, 69, 91, 93, 94, 95, 121, 122, 124, 177, 179, 208, 212
    Disgorging date: 20/08/2020
    Bottling date: 27/08/20 - 04/09/20
    Bottling strength: 46%

  4. Astrid scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A convincing first, which has more to offer in all respects than you would expect from a three-year-old.
    • Nose
      86 86
      lovely vanilla and raisins, very fruity, fresh and slightly spicy oak brings in wonderfully, fluffy caramel clashes in between, juicy plum dachi with cinnamon, blossom honey with heather aromas, baked apricot and some green banana, pear, dried corn ears, brown candy stick, too Cherries with some notes of sandalwood
    • Taste
      85 85
      beautiful oak wood spice and cinnamon, the barrel wood greets you, honey, dried malt, raisins and vanilla, hints of red wine, lightly burnt caramel, almost ripe bananas, polished wood with hazelnuts, hints of ginger, earthy-oily structures
    • Finish
      84 84
      Vanilla, red wine, lively oak with fine spice and cinnamon, liquid blossom honey, cocoa

  5. robbert88 scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    The nose is very promising. But this is also the best thing about the whisky. I am getting curious about batch2.
    • Nose
      Grapefruit, grass, hay, caramel, wood, wet wool, raisins and also some floral honey.
    • Taste
      Pepper, wood. And deeply hidden is some fruitiness.
    • Finish
      Short with wood tannins.

  6. Gregers scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    Not very enticing or interesting, and I'm not a fan of the wine cask notes.

    Review: https://youtu.be/3viRjkDJsbo
    • Nose
      75 75
      Very light nose. Some fruity notes, fresh apricot juice, a bit of grape fruit, then caramel and toffee, also a slight off note probably from the wine casks. Musty or woolly. Vanilla, light honey. Everything really light.
    • Taste
      74 74
      Alcohol level is fine, first off some peppermint and toffee, minty fresh, then come the winey notes with the mustiness, and lastly the youthful notes of freshly cut grass, sort of aggressive oak, not enough barley/malt. Mainly sour and bitter notes here. Second chew brings more sweetness, more toffee, good dose of sugar water, but not much in terms of flavour. Still minty, so fresh and sweet. Third chew brings a little more complexity with light ginger and black pepper, while the sweetness is getting richer, but the main flavour is still refined sugar.
    • Finish
      78 78
      Very, very light smoke, toffee, loads of white sugar, peppermint, light ginger. Vague note of red wine mustiness.

  7. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A very solid first impression for a 3yo. Showing great potential of quality of distillate and cask management is to be held up. Try a H2H with Bladnoch 10, very similar. Young Nc'Nean comes across more like a Lowland malt than what is produced at their neighbor Tobermory. Looking forward to future versions. Lovely packaging and bottle btw.

  8. Dottore scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    So I liked the Waterford much better this year as a new release. The youth is too dominant here for me. Very bubbly in taste, artificially sweet, artificial banana gummy bears, and slightly cheesy. Somehow it's not mine today at all ...

  9. RobbievdB scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    It’s always fun to try something new from a new distillery. This young Nc’Nean was brought to market at a young age. Let’s see how it performs. This whisky delivers quite some cereal aromas but, given the age, also a nice interplay of flowery and heathery honey aromas versus a nougat and vanilla sweetness combined with young bananas and some peach. Feels a bit engineered but overall solid first release.

  10. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This is a rather playful first edition of the new Nc’nean distillery. It’s much more mature then one might expect. This distillery wants to prove that also the whisky industry can become much more ‘green’. Although Scottish people are quite good in being efficient and effective when it comes to money, there is still a world to win for the environment. It’s a very noble pursuit as well as a very smart move out of businesscase perspective, to react on this global trend.
    • Nose
      On the nose it’s light and delicate. Despite of it’s young age, it’s not very spirit-like. No sharp edges, no alcoholic sting, no extreme grainy or malty notes. It’s quite promising to see that they seem to be able to create so much balance after such a short maturation. The nose gives a lot of subtleties and mild flavors. Mild citrus fruits like orange and apricote, soft & sweet maltiness, mild peper, nougat and fudge. It’s a pleasant, friendly nose.
    • Taste
      On the taste more youthfulness reveals. I get quite a lot of cereal wrapped in honey sweetness. Mouthfeel-wise it also has a kind of honey-like structure. It never gets sharp or annoying. On the one hand it perfectly stays within the lines which gives it a rather tame impression. On the other hand it’s not too boring. It offers enough ‘own’ character to stay interested. Sweet fruits and vanilla but it also is somewhat dull. Tastewise it could have been more intense.
    • Finish
      Very subtle, soft and refined spices join the palate in the finish at first. After that it gets more intense and clouded mouthfeel. This is very pleasant. I get sweet, zesty pear, fresh oak and multiple mild spices such as nutmeg, vanilla and licorice. The finish is surprisingly long for such a young whisky.


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