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An Cnoc 18-year-old

Overall rating
85.13/100
votes
150
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2014
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Bourbon & Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
6000
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L14 297 R14/5436
Barcode
5010509880039
Added on
03 Jan 2015 9:59 pm by Meulie
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 90,82

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150 × member ratings

242 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for An Cnoc 18-year-old

34 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.13 points

  1. peatbogger scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    This was a sample from karloff.
    I really like the gentle nature of the 12YO, which I've earlier refered to as my "Sunday breakfast whisky".
    This is a lot darker, so I'm expecting a lot more sherry influence and something quite different from the gentle 12YO.
    At the current price, would I buy one? If I only could find it I would buy several.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Oh yes, this is heavy on sherry, very nice and clean sherry.
      Plums, chocolate, walnuts, strawberries. Norwegian strawberries, the ones that are grown in fields and are maroon red and juicy all the way through, not the pale Belgian greenhouse type that are hard and white in the middle.
      Soft quality sherry oak.
      Love the nose of this one. I only got a sample and I find myself not wanting to finish it, just keep nosing.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Texture on arrival initially feels a little thin, but it quickly catches up as there's a rapid arrival of spice.
      Dominated by sherry notes, dark chocolate, black coffee and licorice.
      Quite a bit of wood spice giving volume and some bite to the body.
      Lovely stuff. If the 12YO is the Sunday breakfast whisky I would like to make this my Sunday night cap.
    • Finish
      85 85
      This stays a while.
      Maybe a tiny bit too dry.
      I find it actually has a pinch of saltyness, which does no harm, just makes it more interesting.

  2. whiskyfacile scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    for full review go to https://whiskyfacile.com/2017/03/16/ancnoc-18-yo-2016-ob-46/
    • Nose
      N: naso molto espressivo e pieno, rivela un bel carattere e mostra una certa stratificazione aromatica. La quota di botti sherry è ben presente, con frutta rossa in composta (fragole lampone ciliegia) e anche qualche sfumatura tra il cacao e il caffè, delicati e bene integrati. Ma quel che davvero colpisce è il lato dolciario, tra la tarte tatin, delle pesche sciroppate e arancia glassata (o marmellata, insomma, ci intendiamo).
    • Taste
      P: non è un whisky ‘esplosivo’ ma ha senz’altro una grande intensità, che rimane costante; ha un bel muro di frutta dolce (sia rossa che gialla, pesche sciroppate, marmellata d’arancia), sa farsi anche un po’ cremoso (toffee e pasticcino alla frutta) e poi si chiude con un poco di tannino, tra spezie (noce moscata, forse caffè, zenzero candito) ed una inconfondibile nocciola.
    • Finish
      F: molto pieno, con tanta frutta secca, chiodi di garofano e un po’ di frutta generica, sia rossa che no.

  3. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    20 20 20 20 80

  4. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. Totoro scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Pretty nose, but the palate leaves something to be desired.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Pretty nice actually, especially after some air has gone into the bottle. Very earthy and leathery, with warm wood tones and plenty of herbal aspects, but also enough sprightly ex-bourbon character to keep it from becoming fusty.
    • Taste
      84 84
      More zingy and fresh than the nose would have you suspect, almost a bit punchy. Bristling tannins and juicy acidity throughout, and one can't help but wish that the mouthfeel would be thicker or oilier. Feels somewhat thin / watery. Lemon, fennel, soy sauce / umami, red berries: there are some nice and pretty clear-cut flavors in here. Perhaps it's just that the whole feels less impressive and singular than the nose.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Wood and lime, with a tinge of leathery sherry. Nice enough.

  6. djmaxliving scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Good value for the age and competes better with some more recognised expression of 18 years old on the market. Will have to give the 24yr old a try soon.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Ripen fruit, soft pear and a little peach note, sugar, plums, baked apple, sweet, spice and vanilla.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Apple, spice, sweet, red candy canes, oak, bitter and light chocolate hint.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium length - spice and bitterness.

  7. checkpointrk scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  8. craide scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

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

  9. karloff scored this whisky 83 points Specialist

    Always been a fan of this distillery so I was looking forward to cracking it open. I must say I was expecting something more but finishing the bottle, I still quite enjoyed it. Plus it was a great price for an 18 year old which is rare these days.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Strawberries and cream, glazed cherries, red toffee apple, fruit summer pudding, dark plums or even tinned prunes. Coming in late are honey and sarsaparilla.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Those dark fruit notes are tamed down somewhat which allows the spice to come through. The 46% is just about right, any higher would have killed it. I am getting more of the sarsaparilla but this time in the boiled sweet version and more of the red toffee apple. Those natural fruits are just not there.
    • Finish
      80 80
      A medium finish that is quite hot and spicey and just about smothers everything else. Some dryness on the death.

  10. Christian Wagner scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

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