Nc'nean Organic Single Malt

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

Average value

€ 123.90

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Whisky Reviews for Nc'nean Organic Single Malt

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.86 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. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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%

  6. www.whisky-helden.de scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    I like the Nc 'Nean Organic Single Malt a lot. I would certainly not have guessed on a 3-year-old whisky in the blind tasting, because the whisky is already much more mature, especially in the nosing. I like the strong vanilla and fruit aromas here, which are complemented very well by floral and grainy aromas and a subtle spice. On the palate, the organic doesn't look young either, the flavors are well balanced. The whisky is very round. However, I would like the flavors to be a bit stronger here. For me these are a bit softened. This also applies to the departure. Overall, however, very good for a 3-year-old whisky, the recipe works perfectly (especially the partial maturation in STR casks) and I'm curious to see how the whisky will develop. The start was successful.
    • Nose
      85 85
      A huge, heavy cloud of sweet vanilla rises. Fruits (grapefruit, honeydew melon and ripe pear) paired with a delicate spiciness and some grain. In addition, there are refreshing lime and floral, slightly grassy aromas. Subtle, pleasant wine aromas from the STR red wine barrels are noticeable and develop a little towards unripe strawberries. I probably wouldn't have guessed "only" 3 years here. Looks very ripe on the nose.
    • Taste
      82 82
      At the beginning, vanilla dominates again in the form of a vanilla croissant with floral and grainy aromas, which are carried by a really very pleasant spice and pepper on the tip of the tongue. It is joined by fruit in the form of ripe apricots and pineapple, with a little honey. The wine aromas are no longer quite as present for me as in the nose. Overall quite soft on the palate. According to my taste, the flavors could have been a bit more concise. However, here too, it is very round and balanced for its maturation time.
    • Finish
      82 82
      The finish is rather short and a bit dry with spice, grain, vanilla and fruit (now more apricot).

  7. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Very nice sweet, fruity nose, aporicoses, also caramel, sweetness. Then slightly tingling and fruity in the mouth, finish rather short but all very pleasant, especially for a 3-year-old. Makes you want more and older.

  8. Othorion scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Oranges, apricots, honey, malt, ginger, caramel
    • Taste
      82 82
      sweet honey, ginger, some pepper, vanilla
    • Finish
      82 82
      Vanilla, slightly warming, relatively short

  9. Defeatless scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Quite a promising whisky. It isn't quite there yet, but this is certainly a very good start!
    • Nose
      86 86
      Sweet, young a little restless, marzipan, cut tree branches, hint of white wine.
      After a while some dried fruit like tuti fruti comes up.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Initially sweet, little ginger and lime, honey notes and vanilla come after a while.
      Quite a thick and oily mouthfeel, which is a pleasing thing!
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium lenght. A little tannic. Quite some caramel, vanilla and wood here. Just a little young.

  10. ThorstenH scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Full banana with vanilla, some almond and marzipan
    • Taste
      90 90
      Banana and oily
    • Finish
      83 83
      Vanilla, rather short


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