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An Cnoc 22-year-old

Overall rating
85.57/100
votes
161
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
22 years old
Casktype
Ex-Bourbon & Ex-Sherry Butts
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010509800549
Added on
01 Feb 2013 12:31 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 125,85

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Whisky Reviews for An Cnoc 22-year-old

38 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.57 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. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. malt_fan_06 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    The nose is the best thing about this whisky. The mouth is clearly superimposed, the spicy spices and the oak dominate too much. Unbalanced.
    For a 22 yo old Malt quite a disappointment.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Toffee, ripe yellow apples, polished oak, some tobacco and leather.
      Somewhat outdated, dull apricot jam.
      Nice, but quite interchangeable, any nose.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Starts quite light and tasty with apricot jam. But then quickly very peppery-spicy. The spicy spices are clearly too dominant. Hardly any fruit.
    • Finish
      79 79
      Also here on the (spicy) spicy-sharp, oaky side and quite short. No fruit.

  5. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  6. magic_slim scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Good and easy drinkin' whisky. There is nothing for me to complain.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Creamy and fruity fudge at first nosing. Various apple aromas. Notes of leather polish, nutmeg and banoffee, honey and chai latte. A lovely nose.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Spicy at first mouthfeel becoming even spicier when swallowed. Pure chai latte ... cardamon, ginger, black pepper, marsala, star anise, nutmeg and very strong black tea. Becomes sweeter after some time with toffee and sherry aroma as well. Nice and tasty.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Long, oaky, slightly sour and bitter like very strong black tea with ginger... but not unpleasant.

  7. ctu scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Pleasant, but not outstanding in it's category.
    • Nose
      Citruses, red apple, champagne, vanilla, raisin and herbals.
    • Taste
      Spicy. Citruses, sherry, herbals, oak and Verbena candies.
    • Finish
      Medium, oaky, spicy.

  8. whiskyfacile scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    for full review go to https://whiskyfacile.com/2017/06/09/ancnoc-22-yo-2016-ob-46/
    • Nose
      N: molto fresco e ricco, ma con sobrietà. Note di biscotti burrosi al miele e vaniglia si confondono con accenti floreali davvero suadenti. Buccia di mele rosse, prugne fresche e un po’ di arancia candita lo rendono fruttato e, di nuovo, per nulla pesante. E dopo qualche minuto si leva una sensazione di legno caldo e frutta secca (nocciole su tutto) che arrotonda e dona profondità. Facile ma non monodimensionale, anzi ama oscillare tra un lato minerale e qualcosa di molto meno impalpabile, tipo un bel panettone natalizio. Anche una nota di cioccolato al latte.

      P: l’attacco non è un mostro di potenza senza controllo, anzi forse un filo watery. Ripaga però il bevitore, raffinato o ignorante che sia, con note cremose di vaniglia e ancora un bel cestone di frutta giallorossa (?), per esempio mele, susine e uvetta. Tanta arancia e cioccolato. Anche un bel pacchetto di frutta secca tostata, deciso ma non invasivo. Si dimenticavano le spezie, che invece ci sono, con nette suggestioni di chiodi di garofano e pepe.

      F: frutta secca uber alles assieme a toffee, spezie da cucina e una certa sensazione minerale che definiremmo come ‘ok’.
    • Taste
      P: l’attacco non è un mostro di potenza senza controllo, anzi forse un filo watery. Ripaga però il bevitore, raffinato o ignorante che sia, con note cremose di vaniglia e ancora un bel cestone di frutta giallorossa (?), per esempio mele, susine e uvetta. Tanta arancia e cioccolato. Anche un bel pacchetto di frutta secca tostata, deciso ma non invasivo. Si dimenticavano le spezie, che invece ci sono, con nette suggestioni di chiodi di garofano e pepe.
    • Finish
      F: frutta secca uber alles assieme a toffee, spezie da cucina e una certa sensazione minerale che definiremmo come ‘ok’.

  9. jazzpianofingers did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2017/12/11/bottle-polishing-december-delights/

    The cork didn’t quite last the course, snapping after the level was 4/5th’s down - second one this month. Is that because the central heating has suddenly kicked in?

    N: Vegetal>herbal-sweet with soft-tart citrus fruits and firm fresh apples at first. The sherry appears prominent but this is no bomb whatsoever [time has seen to that], along with a fair proportion of bourbon casks in the mix also. This is a sherry-funky vegetal-sour number, more in keeping with Mortlach. Later, waxy=oily with a gritty/dirty mineral note, bitter-sweet dried herbs [the casks talking again it would seem], some floral notes, charred grain, a sprinkle of dried mint, half a plimsole and lots more vegetal - cabbage, carrot tops & mostly swede certainly. It’s soupy/brothy for sure. With time and water: vegetal [sherry] sweet with a floral herbal touch. The swede & cabbage becomes even more prominent coupled with a funky brine=y quality and some metallic floral hues.
    T: Arrival is sharp & vegetal-spicy-citrus sweet coupled with a softer vegetal broth profile than on the nose. Develops on herbal beeswax with spicy sherried malty caramac and putrid Violife cheese. Caraway & nigella seeds feature later with an oddly burned butterscotch note [a popular & collective observation] - soft & modern sherry casks talking. Add water for an improved mouthfeel. Certainly there’s an interesting push me pull me situation between the cask types, the sherry dragging things along.
    F: A little fermenting sherry fizz leads to more of that putrid vegetal Violife note. Sherry tannic, sour-citrus herbal chocolate with plasticine marzipan and a distinct scone dough/rock cake note along with a fusty, fungal vanilla dunnage tail - the bourbon casks finally speaking over the sherry. A rancid sunflower and Castor oil note creeps in to confuse the whole. Back comes the scone dough however to normalise proceedings only for the cabbage>swede & Violife to return. This odd cycle repeats over a few times. There’s a tasty vegetal tannic oaky character among it all.
    C: Plenty of oak but it’s acceptably tempered. There’s much to enjoy & glean here but i’m not so enamoured with this as I have been with other batches. On closer scrutiny, there are some rather complex oddities in the mix that I hadn’t picked up before, though I’m partial to oddness. Well worth checking out Ralfy’s vlog LINK of this one where he gives more in-depth insights regarding casks, fermenting sherry and palate awareness.Scores a B-

  10. RL_whisky scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      77 77

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