anCnoc 2009

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
1st fill Spanish Oak, ex-American Bourbon
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
28 oct 2021 1:08 pm by maltaholic

Average value

£ 53.14

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Whisky reviews for anCnoc 2009

17 users have left 17 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.41 points.

  1. holborndrinker scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    I think it's the first dram to change so much - initially there's little going on, but then the taste blossoms. A not unpleasant dram.
    • Nose
      81 81
      More like a leaf litter - ivy or a creeper.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Initially there is nothing discernible, but then something sneaks in - almost minty. Quite surprising how the flavour pops out.
    • Finish
      80 80
      The minty note lingers for a while - almost like a toothpaste note.

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  3. Spielerabe scored this whisky 83 points Newbie

    Great, strong aroma without burning. Absolute recommendation.

  4. ConvalRen scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Very simple. Nothing to shout nor dismiss about.
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  5. Globomanni scored this whisky 70 points Expert Junior

    fruity => grapes, slightly caramel, vanilla pudding on the nose, but very citrusy on the tongue

  6. The_Osprey scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    anCnoc Distilled 2009 HSMSW 46%, official release, Bottled 2021.

    30ml sample, Aug 2022.

    Pale yellow with a darker golden hue.

    Aroma is white chocolate covered raisins, mango and peach yoghurt, a mix of white and pink mice sweets from pick n mix, and Jazzles sweets too. A touch of Fab ice lolly.

    I don’t love that yoghurty vibe. It’s not objectively unpleasant, I just don’t enjoy it in whisky.

    Cheap chocolate mousse (a papery smelling supermarket own brand) and the big tubs of neopolitan ice cream your mum used to buy for 79p in the 90s that nobody would eat, that would end up going stale or sour in the freezer.

    After a LONG time in the glass, over 30 minutes, the aroma improved and I got more ginger and raisin.

    Body is soft, moderately oily in the mouth.

    Taste is soft on impact, there’s a bit of a disconnect between the more luxurious body and the light, twiggy taste. You're expecting a more punchy, fruit-led flavour.

    Again there’s a ‘milky’ note up front, some light berry fruit flavours, slightly meaty vibes. Time brings a more biscuity flavour, and a bitterness starts to take hold.

    It’s okay on the whole. I get the impression that they should have done a better job of emptying one or two of the casks of their previous contents prior to use, or that they have attempted to bury a couple of dodgy sherry casks in mix here.

    It improved considerably when given A LOT of time, but then it only got so much time in the glass because I wasn’t digging it that much, so I’m loth to raise the score too much accordingly. Nevertheless I have given it a fair old nudge up and the benefit of some considerable doubts. 3.475/83

  7. praisethepasta scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    similarly aged to the 12yo core range, and I do feel the extra tenner you’d be paying for this is worth it as you’re getting a more natural presentation at higher ABV, and quite a bit more in terms of flavour too.
    • Nose
      Honey and soft vanilla, as is to be expected from those bourbon casks. It quickly becomes more interesting though, with notes of floral and heather turning quite herbaceous - herbal (parsley) going almost mineral, with a sweet, slightly salty peppery touch to it. A suggestion more than an actual note of corn dust, toffee apples, pear drops and after adding a drop of water some vanilla essence with an oily sensation to it.
    • Taste
      Mild spices at first with a grainy touch to it. A soft salinity turning more mineral again, which in turn develop further towards a soft pepper note. Underneath there’s that herbal-floral note covering the base notes on which this builds. A slight, pleasant bitterness shines through after adding a few drops of water, contributing nicely to its character. The body is fairly light with a dry mouthfeel.
    • Finish
      a warm note where spices linger on

  8. eselsim scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    malty, dry, salty, lemon zest and cooked fruit
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  9. MarcinCh scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Light golden color. Light oily.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Fruit. Yellow fruit. Peaches, apricots. Some meadows. Hay. The grass was stale. A lot of honey. Ripe oranges with cinnamon.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Yellow, ripe fruit. Peaches, maybe light ash. Lots of spices. Cinnamon. Black pepper. Spices. Pretty oily. A little bitterness of oak. Light waxiness.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Honey. Wax. Some oak. Yellow fruit. Smoky fruit. Slightly warming up. A little bitterness of oak. Traces of cocoa and chocolate.

  10. YD84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Take the standard 12, add more oomph to it and this is what you get. Pastry, butterscotch, creamy vanilla, marzipan, stewed orchard fruits, hint of banana and a dash of pepper. A little malty, a little doughy. Slightly mineralic. A couple of drops of water enhance the experience further. Very nice texture. Lovely dram.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  11. valentinrev scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

  12. MrYens scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  13. claymore84 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Blind tasted on 03-02-2022.

  14. Ivynor scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
      Quite greedy nose, marked highlands: honey, heather, dried fruits, apple tatin. Well done.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Fairly easy, sweet, but not very creamy, marked by honey, heather, fairly fresh, not unpleasant vegetal notes.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Average finish, quite classic, still marked by the honey heather mix.

  15. TimMedley scored this whisky 89 points Newbie

    This is what the standard 12 should be.

  16. RedBandit74 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sweet, light spice, caramel, honey, some citrus, white mass from the domino
    • Taste
      Sweetness, toffee, honey, light spice, oak, mild
    • Finish
      Sweetness, toffee, oak, getting drier

  17. Sporx scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Vanilla, apple, sweet and fruity, vinous note, later some sherry and matchstick sulphur

    Fruity, apple, sour, sparkling, spicy

    Medium length, fruity, sour

  18. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Another beautiful, nicely composed single malt from the Knockdhu distillery with the typical fruity apple and sweet caramel notes, which are in good balance with the spicy flavours of the Spanish oak. A dram one can enjoy completely relaxed at the end of a successful day.

    I thank Joh. Eggers Sohn GmbH for the complimentary sample!
    • Nose
      Fruity and spicy on the nose with green apples, honey and oak notes. Accompanied by toffee and floral tones with a touch of citrus in the background.
    • Taste
      Rich on the palate with green apples, toffee and honey. At the same time warming notes of spicy oak. Plus some butterscotch, dark chocolate tones and a hint of floral notes towards the finish.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium to long and soft with caramel. Becomes a little drier later with cocoa and a touch of oak.

      With water: After adding water, spicier on the nose with notes of autumn leaves, plus fruity aromas of green apples and citrus. Sweet and creamy on the palate with green apples, caramel and oak spice followed by dark chocolate. The finish is medium long with creamy notes of caramel and honey, plus some oak.


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