Nose: Big on fresh, light fruits—green apples, pears, peaches. Like walking through an orchard. Some citrus fruits too. There’s also a good amount of vanilla, butterscotch, and brown sugar, indicating this was aged mostly in bourbon barrels. Not the most complex nose, but really quite nice.
Palate: The taste is a continuation of the nose, but subdued. The pear is particularly prominent, but the other fruits are now more in the background. There is a good amount of maltiness and barley sugar. Some astringent oak. Ethanol. Heather. Honey. The arrival is pretty nice, but the backend turns a touch bitter, exposing youth. Ultimately the palate doesn’t quite live up to the nose, although it is fairly pleasant.
Finish: Short. Almost nonexistent. Pear. Oak. Astringent. Fades fast.
Overall: The nose is good, but the palate is fairly mediocre (not bad, but nothing special). The finish, or lack there of, really drags this down. The overall outcome is that this is a very average whisky, and my score reflects that. It’s not bad, but it’s not good either. If I were to come to your house and you served me this, I’d happily drink it, but it’s not something I’d seek out or be likely to buy again. That said, I think the base spirit is quite good, and all this whisky really needs is more time in a barrel. If the finish was even half decent, my score would be several points higher. In no way has this whisky turned me off to other anCnoc bottlings—quite the opposite. I really would like to see how this spirit does with some more substantial (and known) age.
Read my full review at http://meademule.com/2017/04/26/whisky-review-ancnoc-peter-arkle-limited-edition/