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An Cnoc 12-year-old

Overall rating
80.03/100
votes
785
Whiskybase ID
239
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
12 years old
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010509427067
Added on
06 Aug 2007 8:22 pm
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 34.70

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785 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for An Cnoc 12-year-old

117 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.03 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 83 points Super Administrator

    Distillery names can be a bit confusing: Knockdhu, Knockando - so let's just call this Single Malt anCnoc which is Gaelic for 'black hill'. Fruity acidity, sour berry mash and lemon zest are first to arrive on the nose, but there is a diverse mixture of fresh, floral and malty notes lurking in the back. The taste is spirit-driven, spicy and mildly dry with tropical fruits, heather honey and brown sugar. Just shy of medium length, the finish evolves with a touch of cinnamon, oak and licorice. A good 12-year-old entry-level malt which is flawless, easy-drinking and reliable.

    RATING: 3.5/5.0 stars ≙ 83 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  2. wbarchive_875995 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Normally entered, whisky without deep nuances, but what he gives on his surface is very pleasant, cozy and appropriate.
    • Nose
      Ripe yellow apples, “Flight” candies, puff pastry, green tea, flower glade, honey, bird cherry, a little minerality.
    • Taste
      Dryish, somewhere on the throat barely noticeable sweetness, tart. Super distinct apples, woody spice, citruses, a little salt.
    • Finish
      Soft, delicate, slightly spicy-tart, quickly leaves, leaving astringent nuances in the mouth. Flowers, honey and puff pastry.

  3. HammerHead scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    A very fruity and floral nose with marzipan, turkish delight and honey. The taste has honey, vanilla, turkish delight and a cane surgaryness to it. The finish is short with a mild and soft honied liquorice feel to it.
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      78 78

  4. Tuco1972 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    83
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  5. yfalkov scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Well balanced, daily dram, quite thick for 40°.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Pastry, vanilla, flowers, distant tropical fruits, nuts, later - green tea, vanilla ice cream
    • Taste
      83 83
      Sweet, nutty, spicy,
    • Finish
      80 80
      Pepper, spicy, nutty

  6. Dre73 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Easy drinker, and quite some taste for a 40% Abv whisky, not thin or watery. Don't expect a very full or complex dram, but for its money it's just good to go.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Nose starts off fresh and fruity, floral, citrus, vanilla. Not very intense, but good to go for a 40% Abv.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Sweet, orange, honey, floral again. Not too thin or something, quite some bite for a low Abv.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Sweet, some orange, pretty smooth now, and pretty short as well.

  7. Wtrstrnghlt scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  8. Thermidor scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Simple and nice, but not one without flaws.
    • Nose
      Pears. Oodles of pears, really, and some notes of fresh bread. Simple, sweet, pleasant.
    • Taste
      Pear soda, really. Unfortunately a spirity side comes in later.
    • Finish
      Sweet and short, faintly spirity.

  9. hafssol scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Easy to drink, with fresh zesty and herbal flavours. Still perfect for a quite undemanding Summer night dram, as it tolerates even a splinter of ice.
    The recent downgrading from 43% to 40% weakens a bit the taste, but doesn't make it easier. Anyway, it's always nice to come back to this from time to time, especially in Summer.

  10. matsteer scored this whisky 82 points Newbie

    For bourbon cask lovers who want to avoid those Sherry noted, this is a really nice bourbon expression definitely on the fruitier, fresher, lighter side. This could certainly be a go-to more budget friendly summer sipper.
    • Nose
      83 83
      A nice complex nose. The sour notes other mention are here; to me it’s waxed lemon rind mixed with a white pepper, a little saltiness, and behind all of this is the malty notes and some digestive biscuits. A subtle hint of dry hay smoke in there too.
    • Taste
      82 82
      On the palate it’s an evolution of all of the notes on the nose. Arrival is tropical fruit and that telltale coconut note comes through from the bourbon casks. The middle evolves into really malty biscuity middle notes. Finally this levels off and you’re left with the and the more sour lemon notes. Quite dry overall. It’s smooth but with a nice warmth to it.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Good, length to the finish and it is really the sour notes that come through, alongside a little white pepper.

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