An Cnoc 18-year-old

Overall rating
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

€ 86,90

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189 × member ratings

326 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for An Cnoc 18-year-old

46 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.35 points

  1. erwinnlim scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    As far as 18 year old single malts go, this is presented extremely well at 46% and NCF, it's very good value for money too so a definite must try.
    • 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. Fragrant citrus oils. Walnuts and some dark chocolate. Earl grey tea. Quite leathery with very light peat smoke as well.
    • Taste
      Silky mouthfeel. Some honey sweetness and vanilla with a distinct waxiness. 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 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. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Nice 18er OA, has everything in it, looks a bit out of round in my mouth, but fits well overall and is very tasty without calling out the final storms of enthusiasm. A positively solid whisky.
    • Nose
      Sweet, honey, vanilla, nutty sherry flavors, strong oak, spices, licorice, maybe a few yellow fruits, classic Speyside nose.
    • Taste
      surprisingly restless, after the nose. Strong, sparkling, a few fears, a little sherry, but otherwise a lot of tart oak, a little pepper.
    • Finish
      Liquorice, oak, vanilla, a little sherry, even more oak, bitter-sweet.

  6. 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

  7. Kensay scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The nose is calm, honey wax, vanilla, wild herbs, a little wormwood, malt, yeast dough
    Taste Young wood, lemon juice, green apple
    Aftertaste Green fruit, wood, unripe grapefruit, some spices

  8. ezioaudit scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

  9. Numwierum scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    I have pleasant sherry notes in my nose, raisins, plums, a nut aroma and some licorice root.
    It is spicy but not heavy in the mouth. Raisins and other dried fruits can be tasted, milk chocolate and a little liquorice are added. In the finish, a moderate spice of wood appears again.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      83 83

  10. Koromich scored this whisky 85 points Newbie


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