An Cnoc 22-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
22 years old
Ex-Bourbon & Ex-Sherry Butts
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
01 Feb 2013 12:30 pm

Average value

€ 137.39

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202 × member ratings

352 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for An Cnoc 22-year-old

51 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.72 points

  1. Greenkeeper scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    What a nice surprise. For many, especially given the price of bottling critical reviews with low ratings, I honestly did not expect much and were pleasantly surprised. Sharpness, acid, imbalance, none of this I found.

    Instead, just a beautifully made, own and for the otherwise previously tried by me fruity ex-bourbon cask dominated bottlings of this distillery refreshing other whisky. It is very exciting to be able to taste the distilling character of such an old whisky and it succeeds.

    Of course, the whisky has a certain, slightly acidic impact, a slightly woody, slightly spicy character, but all this is just very finely chiselled and it is so well-balanced that it is pleasant and even makes the appeal. You can also recognize this bottling as AnCnoc, if you have already tried some. You just have to pay attention to one thing: Panning for at least 10 minutes in the glass and add a small espresso spoonful of soft water to just 4cl. Then he is perfect.

    This makes it a wonderfully old-fashioned whisky and these have just often the property of their best taste effect more likely to achieve at higher dilutions, where other whiskys have long been "drowned". This will just be tasty and juicy. Not at all weak. But only pleasant and good. And he gets better, even if the "never-add-water-die-hards" (Ralfy Mitchell) do not want to hear that.

    Really good stuff, still quite expensive, but not a bad buy. The fine, the restrained character is what makes the charm of this whisky, he remains after the fading somehow for a long time between tongue, palate and brain and you want to refill spontaneously. This effect is the most striking and pleasant. 87 well-deserved points.
    Certainly undervalued.

  2. Mannheimer scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    One recognizes the long maturation time, full-bodied and strong, ultra-complex on the palate, interestingly restrained in the nose.
    • Nose
      Rather restrained, with green apples, lime and flowers. Sherry becomes much more present after approx. 10 min. A little spices and toffee notes.
    • Taste
      Aroma explosion on the palate! Very sweet start, a lot of spice oak but nothing of bitterness and pepper. Lots of sherry and mostly blood oranges (huge!). Appearance of leather in the background.
    • Finish
      Long lasting, spicy and strong.

  3. Dottore scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    blind tasting If I did not know it was a Scot, I would say I have a Yamazaki in front of me. I find the whisky quite wonderful. 88 points. Edit: my first AnCnoc ... Thumbs up!
    • Nose
      Sherrynoten with dark fruits, bitter citrus notes ae grapefruit, macadamia nut, and beautiful vanilla to the end
    • Taste
      a lot of really great sweetness, light fruit, then a little bitterness
    • Finish
      medium and sweet, nice spice

  4. LukasJakubDrabek scored this whisky 88 points Moderator

    At the first sniff, I guessed the effect of ex-sherry barrels. Very quiet in the smell. However, if you give this whisky enough time on the palate, you won't be surprised what all appears in the taste. Adding water will add a new dimension. To sum up, fun for tens of minutes.

    Evaluated blindly from 5 known samples. I guessed Highland Park 1994.
    • Nose
      Very fine, even indistinct. Apricot, strawberry, honey, cane sugar, dates, Lotus caramel biscuit.

      With water: Apple strudel, cider, honey water, cloves, dried pear.
    • Taste
      Significantly more eloquent than the scent. Orange, cane sugar, dark chocolate, pepper, coffee filling, slightly smoky, Belgian praline, raisins, sparkling wine, peach, Bellini cocktail.

      With water: Strawberries with champagne, cocoa beans, semolina, cinnamon.
    • Finish
      Coffee bean, orange peel, sap, birch water, caramelized sweetened condensed milk, mint.

      With water: Dark chocolate with mint filling, cloves, pear compote infusion.

  5. malthead-sven scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Tip: relatively little fruity, could be just about everything. tap on Highlands, 85 points

    - 15 to 19 years
    - 48 to 50%
    - refill sherry cask
    • Nose
      light marzipan and a buttery, creamy sweetness, almonds and pistachios, vanilla, fruit is more subtle, is increasingly malty
    • Taste
      Puff pastry, quite strong in the beginning but not alcoholic, cloves, roaring on the tongue and on the palate, creamy and dense
    • Finish
      Now more nutty, sherry, but not as strong as the taste suggests

  6. OldStyle scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very interesting, affordable top of the series.
    12yo bourbon style, grassy, coarser, unobtrusive
    16yo prolonged maturation in American oak calmed the whisky, balanced it
    18yo newly added partial effect of European oak sherry, denser color, aroma and more complex experience,
    22yo I'd guess a little younger, but AnCnoc unsmoked whisky needs more time to balance, it looks good every year. It follows the style of 18yo and provides a deeper, very complex, albeit subtle impression, with each aeration and with each new tasting you discover new tones, new experiences, everything beautifully balanced,
    I'm looking forward to the successor 24yo

  7. MLE scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  8. bvrsky scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  9. JNuyts scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  10. Mapl scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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


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