Nc'nean Organic Single Malt

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Batch 4
Calculated age
03 years old
65% STR Red Wine, 35% Ex-Bourbon
Batch 4
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
12 dec 2020 9:43 pm by markjedi1

Average value

€ 64.45

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Whisky reviews for Nc'nean Organic Single Malt

12 users have left 12 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 83.96 points.

  1. redlightsflash89 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    I love what Annabelle is doing with Nc'Nean, their entire concept speaks to me, so I really want this to do well.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Very malty fruity and sweet and a bit alcoholic. Ripe, almost overripe pears, butterscotch. honey, sugar, peaches, orange zests some hay.
    • Taste
      84 84
      You can feel that it is quite young, as it got a slightly metallic note, there is a lot of maltyness, oak bitterness
    • Finish
      83 83
      Starts out quite bitter and oaky, there is some espresso, some sweetness of honey and butterscotch with some pepper and seasoning.

  2. aboutWhisky scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    For its three years, the malt already has plenty of depth, only in the relatively short finish you can still feel its youth. I really like the combination of ex-bourbon and STR casks.
    • Nose
      The first impression on the nose is clearly on the sweet and fruity side. The alcohol brings a slightly cooling sensation and a hint of sea breeze. The aroma is very fresh and pleasant. At first it reminds me of a sweet fruit brandy with fresh mirabelle plums, cherries and pears. There are also citrus notes of tangerines, as well as caramel candies and vanilla pudding. Underneath, there is a very faintly perceptible hint of spicy oak notes from the STR casks. After the first sip, the oak in the nose comes to the fore a little more at the expense of the sweetness. The aroma is a touch drier. The caramel candies are now more reminiscent of heavily roasted, slightly bitter caramel. I am also reminded a little of the smell of sourdough bread.
    • Taste
      The impression from the nose is confirmed on the tongue. I can find the fruit again, as well as the caramel and custard. The mouthfeel is sweet, but is complemented by a slightly spicy note once the whisky has completely distributed itself in the mouth.
    • Finish
      In the finish, the spicy oak becomes more dominant. It gets a bit drier and more bitter on the tongue and coffee notes come to the fore. In addition, the sweetness remains present until the end. The finish is medium long and when it slowly fades away I have a taste of liquorice on my tongue.

  3. zapfdaniel scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  4. Chiron scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

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

  5. WhiskyBjorn83 scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      73 73
      vanilla, fruit, floral
    • Taste
      74 74
      vanilla, fruit
    • Finish
      74 74
      vanilla, fruit

  6. Mapl scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  7. Bosi scored this whisky 79 points Specialist

    This batch is beautifully made again and clearly shows Nc'nean's claim to bring out drinkable, "finished" whisky as quickly as possible. This distillery definitely has potential and I'm excited for the first 8 or 10 year olds. A sample of this bottling is enough for me.
    • Nose
      As with other Nc'nean batches that I was able to try, I first have an orchard in my nose: apples, pears, peaches and honey. After a certain time, the flavors of the STR-Cask come through stronger. Red grapes and some cinnamon now dominate.
      Overall a very nice nose for a 3 year old.
    • Taste
      The taste is more strongly influenced by the wine barrel. Dry and bitter notes alternate. In addition, there is a little honey, pepper, caramel and a strong spice note.
    • Finish
      The finish is short to medium long. Mainly a tingling sharpness remains on the tip of the tongue and a hint of the spices lingers.

  8. JoshNRW scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Flowery, thin, sweet, delicious. 46 percent, NAS, well done. Many words are not worth it.

  9. Torian scored this whisky 73 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      75 75
      Banana, sweet, spicy, firm grapes and pears, grain field
    • Taste
      73 73
      sweet, slightly bitter, spicy, grain, soft oily
    • Finish
      70 70
      bitter finish

  10. valasios scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  11. 2ndSip scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Pure seasoning, spices and herbs ...
    I already had batches 02 and 03, which I found relatively close to each other and also good.
    Batch 04 looks a whole lot more mature, although it should be quite identical in terms of the key data.
    Hui, something happened.
    The barrel composition with 65% STR and 35% ex-bourbon is the same; the quality of the barrels should also be pretty much the same.
    Perhaps the master distiller has more experience? Put another cut? Pure guesswork on my part! But a nice development.
    - Apparently Matt Hastings has somehow gained experience as a blender, or the upper rows in the warehouse are stored slightly differently and therefore produce different batches -
    [90 - 86 = extremely tasty -> get a second bottle, don't look at the prize]
    • Nose
      quite floral at the beginning, but then there is a nice and rich sweetness of honey and caramel; has something of a Haribo cutie.
      Light fruits, peach, apricot and something more exotic with banana. A grape and citrus aroma can also be heard, but no longer as sour as in batch 02 and 03.
      The grapes no longer look so green, but actually tend more in the red direction.
      A spice and herb note reappear, but are even more harmonious than in the previous batches.
      The herbs get stronger with time and air.
      Sure, it still looks young, fruity, strong - and yet a bit "older" than the sibling batches.
      With The Nose Glass: grassy notes or hay appear. Reminds me of Tobermory ... Mmmh, they are probably. regional influences? It's practically around the corner.
    • Taste
      soft start, flavor, herbs are there right away. It becomes creamy and oily. The youth in the form of alcoholic heat presses the tongue again briefly and says "Hello".
      He lines the mouth with spices and herbal aromas.
      Second sip: there is more fruit now. The spices and herbs quickly take command again.
    • Finish
      yes, he's gone again very quickly; but it looks like more tannins are left on the tongue.
      A little more oak aroma than I remembered.

  12. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur


    I confess… I'm a fan of Nc’nean. I love their style, their philosophy, their packaging but mostly their whisky. It reminds me a bit of Auchentoshan, which is probably part of the reason why I have a soft spot for this new Highlander. I find it a very accessible aperitif style whisky. So I kept a keen eye on the website to be able to acquire a bottle of batch 4.

    Haha! Again a slightly different nose! For the regular whisky lover this will probably not mean very much; it's only us whisky geeks (it takes one to know one) who feel this is important. It is a lot sweeter and softer than its predecessors. Honey, citrus fruit, nougat, caramel, but this one has a lot less spiciness on the nose. In its stead I get a beautiful, floral note that really pleases the nose. Even something perfume-y, no kidding. Very good indeed.

    Creamy, round, rich. On the palate I now do get that little prickle of white pepper and wood shavings. In that sense it comes closer to its predecessors. But on the palate here as well, there is that extra sweetness making it playful and fresh and… a good candidate for a whisky cocktail!

    The finish is a bit shorter than in the previous batches, but more than long enough to make you enjoy this for minutes on end.

    Nc’nean is starting to claim surprisingly much shelf space at the Whivie HQ. But as long as they keep producing this nice whisky, I will keep using it for my aperitif. I've just heard through the grapevine that Batch 5 will be bottled in January 2021. I will keep my eye on the website to make sure I can secure my bottles of this new batch.


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