AnCnoc is the name of the whisky produced by the Knockdhu distillery (the malt was not named Knockdhu to avoid confusion with Knockando). You can guess it: Knockdhu means black hill and thus this malt is named after that. It appeared in 2014 as a Travel Retail Exclusive and matured on 1st fill American Oak ex-bourbon casks.
Very accessible nose on breakfast cereals, croissants, liquorice candy (the one with the white sugary layer around it, very popular in Holland), mint, apple and citrus… Sprite! I cannot help being reminded of this soda drink. Far from earth shattering, but quite summery and pleasant.
The body could have been a bit more… the taste is a perfect continuation of the nose, but more candy-like with a bitter element from the wood. Clearly some peat was involved. Cinnamon and cloves precede a buttered croissant. Some orange marmalade and some dark sugar emerge.
The finish is the best part of this AnCnoc: long, candy-like but with a dark and sweet edge.
If you put this bottle on the table while enjoying some sunny afternoon with friends, you’ll have to take a trip to the glass container before you know. Around 35 to 50 EUR, which is quite cheap for a liter of this whisky.