Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
That Boutique-y Whisky Company (TBWC)
Stated Age
03 years old
Number of bottles
60.2 % Vol.
500 ml
Added on
07 nov 2020 10:54 pm by holborndrinker

Average value

£ 201.02

11 × in wishlist

26 × member ratings

111 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Nc'nean Batch 1 TBWC

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.79 points

  1. TP-Darknight scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    ... very atypical even for NC'NEAN
    • Nose
      85 85
      first impression very atypical with a strong gin note and herbs then brilliant with green apples, peaches and malt, fresh yeast dough and milk coffee.
    • Taste
      85 85
      delivers as a young colleague with honey, vanilla, corn flakes and butter biscuits, while the citrus fruits turn back into gin, crazy ..
    • Finish
      84 84
      In the FINISH long with cocoa butter, fresh and oily. Mega nice thank you ...

  2. Dre73 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Quite odd whisky for me, actually in a blind tasting I wouldn't be sure this to be a whisky. Very herbal, like walking through some botanical area. It is consistent though, for taste is following the nose.
    Interesting experience, but somehow I'm not completely convinced yet. It's certainly different.
    • Nose
      Blindly, I would doubt whether this is whisky... very herbal, could easily have been gin. Hardly any alcohol noticeable, which is quite remarkable for such an Abv. Wallpaper glue.
    • Taste
      Quite some power now, spicy. Herbal again, light flavors, floral notes.
    • Finish
      Still quite powerful, herbal and floral, with some touch of bitterness now. Medium long, waming though.

  3. FernetBranco scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  4. 2ndSip scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    emphasizes herbal aroma with a hint of sweetness.
    In a reduced form (i.e. with water) it reminds me of Batch 4 or Batch 6 - interesting.
    It will be exciting in the next few years.
    • Nose
      light herbal notes (herb garden), a little powdered sugar with nuances of blossom honey.
      Fresh oak. Appears slightly perfumed, floral (towards rose water).
      Yellow apple appears over time, looks fresh at first, then slightly floury.
      The alcohol is well integrated in itself and has a mentholic note that has a cooling effect.
      The herbal aromas get stronger with enough air.

      With water:
      more herb garden, more floral, fruity. A drop or two of water is worthwhile here.
    • Taste
      Herbal candy with powdered sugar, a little honey, caramel, vanilla and ripe apple. The alcohol is relatively restrained, even if noticeably present - but should not be expected otherwise.

      With water:
      softer, yet peppery hot; again a lot of herbs, but more sweetness can also be felt; with the second sip also a little towards marzipan. The fruit comes out better too. Reminds me very much of Batch 4 or Batch 6.
      A bit more acidity in the form of a citrus can be heard.
    • Finish
      slight herbal notes remain together with wood tannins; a fruity component is still there, but no longer really tangible.
      A bitter dark chocolate appears and rounds off the whole thing with a green hazelnut aroma.
      Overall (of course) a relatively short finish.

  5. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    So what’s all the fuss about with Nc’nean then? MoM: ‘,.. the first fully organic modern distillery in Scotland powered by 100% renewable energy‘,.. their bottles made from recycled glass, and there’s more. Further reading ncnean.com. As far as I know, this is still the first independent bottling of Nc’Nean, so yet more kudos to TBWC.

    C: Perhaps it’s the provenance of Nc’nean that we should be focusing on, more than its young maturing spirit in the developmental stages. As Malt-Review says ‘,… things get interesting when we see the beginnings of a core range. This is what a new distillery will be built and judged upon‘. That said, I find this independent release very botanical aqvavitae/genever-like. It’s a bottle I’m only likely to grab off the shelf if I’d had one too many, or have guests who like gin. It’s pricey too [50cl bottles remember]. Of course, it’s uber-popular amongst the many.

    [No Score]


  6. geriud scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. Daan2 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior



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