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Whisky Reviews for An Cnoc Rutter
33 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.98 points
- You’ll never forget your first love. Back in 2014 when this limited edition Rutter was released, I tried my very first single malt whiskies. AnCnoc Rutter and Ardbeg Uigeadail were the first two single malts that I really liked so I bought a full bottle of it. Now, 5 years and 665 whiskies later, I finally revisited this dram. It’s pretty straightforward without too much complexity but then again, you don’t always need a complex whisky in order to enjoy it. I still love the mix of light smoky and fruity flavours in this one. The price that I paid back in 2014 (54€) was definitely worth it. Me and my best whisky buddy bought 5 bottles amongst the two of us. Tastes a bit like a weaker but good Ardmore. Great summer dram too (I only enjoy heavily peated drams during the colder, more rainy months). Nostalgy in a glass for me.
- Ancnoc Rutter 46%. Fairly pale yellow. Aroma some banana and vanilla soft smoke. Nice balance. Nice clean flavour mostly smoke with very subtle touches of biscuit vanilla yoghurt and oak. All subtle by comparison to the peat. Tasty.
- Mud & Band-Aids
AnCnoc’s Peaty Collection consists of releases that refer to utensils used to harvest peat: Barrow, Tushkar, Rutter, Flaughter, Cutter and Rascan, further upholstered with Peatheart and Peatlands. Today I’ll try the Rutter expression, that appeared in 2014.
The peat is immediately apparent, but leaves more than enough room for vanilla, eucalyptus and apples to play around. Hint of banana. Lovely notes of both mud and band-aids. I guess it’s a style you need to like, which I do. Lots of heather too. Something floral indeed. Does appear to relatively young.
Oily body, that’s good. Very fruity on apples and peach, followed by menthol and peat. A nice salty edge appears. Then honey and pepper. A bitterness as if from a lemon pith. The strength is fine and does not need any water.
The finish is rather short on apples, lemon juice and vanilla, followed by some pepper and the peat smoke. At the death it turns a tad bitter, but nothing to worry about.
I like this as much as I do Ardmore, to be honest. A nice tasting experience.
- Compared to the Barrow and Tushkar, this one is the fruitiest and perhaps even a bit floral.
A fruity maltiness that reminds me of a Belgian tripel. Peach and apple. Peat too, but less than the Barrow and the Rushkar.
Peat, apple, peach, vanilla and gingerbread.
Peat, apple and gingerbread.
- Simple dram but very very pleasurable. It's definitely smoky but still gives enough way for the sweet and fruity character of An Cnoc to shine through.
Spirity and peaty, little cask influence in this one. Apples, lots and lots of green apples. It's smoky, it's fruity and it's malty.
Again, the green fruits are there, its fresh fruits which have been smoked. Oily and buttery, a mouthfeel you can chew. There a little bit of spice in the way white pepper.
Short to medium, the smoke carries on with a nice touch of sweetness.
- [October, 2015] Together with friends I emptied a bottle with botling stamp L14-076-R14/5106-1B that I bought for 54 Euro in March, 2015.
In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 87,5. My notes state a delicious sweet and (inland) peaty profile that is very quaffable. It reminded me of some very nice Ardmore drams...