An Cnoc 18-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
18 years old
Bourbon & Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L14 297 R14/5436
Added on
03 Jan 2015 9:59 pm by Meulie

Average value

€ 93.94

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Whisky Reviews for An Cnoc 18-year-old

56 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.36 points

  1. erwinnlim scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    As far as 18 year old single malts go, this is presented well at 46% and NCF, it's very good value for money too so a definite must try. Value (£65) : 7/10
    • Nose
      Toffee, light brown sugar, orange and lime peels. A slight nip of alcohol along with loads of Spanish oak spice influence. A gentle touch of cinnamon, cloves, ginger and white pepper. Some dried plums and sour red cherries. Crisp green apple. Fragrant citrus oils. Walnuts and some dark chocolate. Earl grey tea. Very light peat smoke as well.
    • Taste
      Silky mouthfeel. Some honey sweetness and vanilla with a distinct waxiness. More green apple. Develops into darker sherried notes as you search, some red berry and juicy plums. Christmas cake. Marzipan and wood chips. More cloves and drying oak tannins. Ginger spice. Candied orange peels and bittersweet dark chocolate or cocoa notes as well. As you take more sips of this dram the spicy character of the European oak mellows slightly and more caramel sweetness shines through.
    • Finish
      A medium-long finish. Again drying and spice felt around the back of the tongue. After some time to pepper spice turns into more of those dried fruits. Chocolate orange. More leather and some peppermint.

  2. SwiftyMcVeigh scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Sherry embossed 18 year old with good value for money. The whisky is on the dry-dry taste scale, which suggests Oloroso Sherry barrels.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Red berries (raspberry, currant, strawberry), raisins, oak flavor, tannins, honey sweetness in the background. Almond oil, dried fruits; Vanilla and some citrus. Cocoa. malt
    • Taste
      87 87
      Oily, first red berries, tart, tannins, then light sweetness, almonds. Malt, herbs and vanilla, dried fruit
    • Finish
      88 88
      Citrus and grapefruit, cocoa and dark chocolate, oak seasoning, becoming dry

  3. checkpointuk scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur


    Full gold / slightly reddish
    Sweet fruits, fruit gums, some glue, honey, cotton candy, vanilla flakes and a little chamois, as well as mocha. The nose is slightly acidic.
    Light and spicy on the tongue. Fruit sweetness combined with salt, coarse pepper, a lot of "good" wood, which is paired with notes of dark chocolate, mocha and nuts. The palette is covered with a green and rather unsuitable mint freshness, which we wouldn't have to have here.
    Medium length - minty-fresh and spicy. Unfortunately, the darker notes no longer dominate here - fresh and slightly woody
    86 points
    N: 86P / G: 86P / F: 85P

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. yfalkov scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Quite sharp, bourbon notes - pickles, vanilla, some sulphur, sour, salty caramel
    • Taste
      Very fruity, dry, bakery, dried fruits
    • Finish
      Medium, spicy, dry

  7. Tastingbros scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Full review here:
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. Rosebank88 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Wonderfully complex. Flowery-fruity tones wrestle with malt and hard toffee for the upper hand. This is followed by a trace of wax, forest honey, pickled fruits, dark bananas, beautiful sherry tones and candied citrus fruits.
      With water: fresher and malty, lots of honey (especially heather honey and forest honey), delicate flowery tones, seasoned walnuts and beautiful European oak. Really very nicely balanced
    • Taste
      88 88
      Soft sherry tones, spicy European oak, nuts, tart herbs, floral accents, beeswax, firm citrus tones and a hint of smoke.
      With water: more floral and fresher. Clear oak and caramel malt.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, gentle sherry accompanied by flowery tones.

  9. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. Dre73 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Had this one in a mini-lineup with the 12 and 24 yo.
    Funny to experience kind of 'line of development' in these drams:
    12yo is the lightest, with fruits and vegetal notes and a spicy edge.
    18yo already heavier nose, more spice and darker vegetal notes towards wood
    24yo pretty heavy on dark vegetal/wood notes and very spicy.
    This heavier vegetal and spicy comes along with a smoke-like edge to it.
    The same goes for the taste of them, they're all smooth, round, pretty full bodied and thick.
    Whereas the 18- and 24yo have some more power and longer finishes, also because of the higher Abv (46% vs 40%).
    As for this 18yo: a solid whisky, nice mixture of fruits and spices, pretty some power but still pretty smooth and drinkable. Very pleasant.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Fruity, orange, some honey, vegetal notes, forest, wood. Some spicy note, with a little smoky note.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Pretty some power, fruity and spicy, some orange and peach, some pepper, vegetal notes, full body.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Still some power, spicy, pepper, fruity, peach but also some cherry-like taste, like Haribo cherries. Pretty long finish.


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