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An Cnoc 18-year-old

Overall rating
85.01/100
votes
137
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

€ 89,80

29 × in wishlist

137 × member ratings

219 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for An Cnoc 18-year-old

27 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.01 points

  1. 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.

  2. Christian Wagner scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  3. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Tasted a blind sample on day one of the US Blind Tasting Competition 2018.
    A decent sample, but somewhat dull.
    My guess was a Glenfiddich (Speyside), 18-yo @ 46%.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Tropical fruit, banana, grapes, pear candy, minty, vanilla, honey, oak
    • Taste
      86 86
      Sweet, yellow fruit, hay vanilla, mint
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium long, slightly bitter, quite drying. Minty hay fades away.

  4. KayMeertens scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting of a sample. An obvious OB with a mix of sherry and bourbon influences, but not a recognisable distillery for me.
    • Nose
      Starts off with honey, almond, soft malt, a little banana and a floral touch. Then shifting towards the sherry influence: Caramel and pecan nut.
    • Taste
      Honey, almond, malt, caramel, milk chocolate, cranberry and light smoke.
    • Finish
      More of that soft maltiness. Almond, caramel and peanut. Chocolate and a little honey.

  5. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Colour: amber
    Nose: sweet, dried fruits, berries, pepper, red apples, caramel, vanilla and light oak notes.
    Mouth: spices, dried fruits, pepper and caramel.
    Finish: middle, spices, caramel, dried fruits, oak.
    anCnoc 18YO is a good balanced, smooth, but very simple whisky for 18 years maturation. I expected more from it.

  6. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Nose:
    A very nice and round nose with strawberries, red apples, grated orange peel, hazelnut dark chocolate, some caramel, honey. Cherries.

    Mouth:
    Fruit compote, cherries and chocolate again - Black Forest cake! Fresh grated nutmeg, cinnamon and clove. Orange marmalade and also some tobacco. Dark forest honey. Everything accompanied by a nice mouthfeel, not too watery, the alcohol is well integrated and the alcohol strength is very well chosen.

    Finish:
    Here he loses something, only short to medium. Very balanced between sweetness and a hint of bitterness, like something too cold coffee.

    For the invoked price a great malt. Not overwhelming, but not boring, complex enough to spend time with him. But the finish should be a bit longer.

  7. 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.

  8. Shane_IL scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Lovely whisky. This is really a Goldilocks whisky, well balanced and flavorful. The whisky is also easy to drink but with no sacrifice in complexity, and at a low price to boot.Reviewed in my blog:

    iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2017/11/18/ancnoc-and-balblair-tasting/
    • Nose
      Strawberry shortcake. Brown glue. Cinnamon. Cashew. Maple. New leather.
    • Taste
      Woodspice. Candied orange peel. Salty toffee. Plums. Tobacco. Milk chocolate.
    • Finish
      Long. Spicy. Honey. Candied ginger. Leather.

  9. jankes scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  10. RL_whisky scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Full on the nose, hint of bitterness behind the sweetness. Nice indeed.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      79 79

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