An Cnoc 24-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
24 years old
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
19 Apr 2015 11:45 am by 404fred

Average value

€ 158.50

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Whisky Reviews for An Cnoc 24-year-old

74 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.71 points

  1. Johannes de Silentio scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Color: Amber

    Nose: Lovely! I'm not sure where anyone is getting that this is a big sherry whisky. While it's indubitably there to a degree, this is far from a bomb in the sense that the cask is dominating the spirit and it's heavy on dried fruit, savory notes, and everything else you expect when people speak in those terms. Instead, you get some of syrupy peach notes that often come from middle-age and refill wood on a good spirit. This also hits the mark of smelling mature while not having any trace at all of over-oaking. This is subtle but enticing.

    Mouth: The good times roll. Again, it's heavier on fresh fruit than dried on my palate, just like it was on the nose. It's well-balanced and possesses a lovely mouthfeel. The 46% strength makes this a rather quaffable dram, as well--just pour, nose, and go. There's nothing that necessarily leaps out at you, but everything feels solid and well-constructed.

    Finish: Medium, light, and refreshing.

    Comments: This is increasingly a unicorn in scotch today: a standard range official bottling with both age and quality that's affordably priced. It's hard to separate some of those positive feelings from the pure technical merits of the whisky when reviewing it. Nonetheless, it's an instantly likable malt that checks a lot of boxes. That's good enough in almost any circumstance.

  2. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Damn! This is one to sit down and take your time with. Make yourself comfortable and enjoy..You’ll be rewarded! A true example of a distinctive malt.
    My tasting notes are after +/- 40 minutes of untouched airtime in the glass.
    • Nose
      At first there is mainly a mature, mildly spiced ‘haze’ to it. In other words: quite closed and shy.
      The nose needs time, hand warmth and a drop of water to wake up and reveal it’s full flavors. After that, the party begins:
      Green Apple, oranges, mild spices like cinnamon and caramel. Also there is milk chocolate, leather, red fruits and a whiff of old cigar boxes. This is a complex and highly enjoyable nose! Dried green herbs and a wee hint of oak wood join the palate after adding another drop of water.
    • Taste
      Beautiful and delicate on the palate. Full bodied, syrupy and creamy, sweet and sour. Well rounded, perfectly balanced. There are great layers inhere. It is so complete. Layers of mild spices like mild peppers and cinnamon, a layer of sweet red fruits, oranges and also fresh apple. Also there is a great sherry wood layer. The whole gives so much depth to this whisky on the palate. Impressive!
    • Finish
      The finish is long and full flavored. One by one the layers of the palate vanish and a creamy sherried mouthfeel goes on and on. At the end everything seems to come back together again for another round of pleasure.

      I am a big fan of the Glengoyne 21 OB, in my opinion one of the best, if not thé best, well available whiskies money can buy. This one comes real close to having that same honor.

  3. dRambo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    interesting Malt - fruity spicy - his age I do not necessarily notice
    • Nose
      slightly dirty sherry - lemon peel, lemon, orange, orange oil, wax, furniture polish, freshly sawn wood, bark, vanilla, caramelized sugar, powdered sugar, lemon juice, grass clippings, dates, tender sulfuric odor, orange blossom
    • Taste
      fine dry woody note - fresh with mint and ginger, resin, pepper, tree sap - subliminally chili - spicy with herbs.

      a lot of orange, orange oil, plum jam, coffee, chocolate,
    • Finish
      spicy, intense fresh wood aromas, chili, pepper - beautiful oak / fruit balance - really intense for 46%

  4. Moses scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Nice bottle with good PLV. There are always younger ones who may be better, but here you get a solid 24 years. Overall, a real recommendation. People who have problems with peppery drying, please buy a sample here first. I'm waiting for him for less than 100 €. Then it ends up on my shelf as "best buy".
    • Nose
      What does the nose remind me of? ... chocolate raisins. A really great nose. That promises to be a very fruity and sweet experience. In addition Apple Helene with a hint of orange peel scent. Good start.
    • Taste
      Unfortunately, the palate does not keep what the nose promises in terms of fruitiness. Sweet with toffee, yes, but strong oak sharpness. Almost a little too peppery for me. OK, it stays elegant, but is still dominant. A good compromise when choosing a barrel. Transition with dry notes such as fine leather and wood. Standard texture for this age.
    • Finish
      Medium to long and getting a bit bitter, it lets the pepper play again and then slowly ends warming.
      Overall, an impressive bottle remains. Memory effect. Respect to the makers. A great bottle for this money. Now patience is called for until the "best buy".

  5. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A decent standard with a good age, you notice the drinking strength and you grieve a bit for the strength of the barrel, all in all a nice whisky and fairly priced for a 24-year-old OA.
    • Nose
      very subtle, light sweetness, also quite fresh, slight sherry influence, with time it opens more, vanilla, green apple, a few plums, light acidity, minimal tobacco, whole milk chocolate, behind it there are also a few hazelnuts, very harmonious, after the first sip, light spice is added, minimal iodine
    • Taste
      Relatively watery in the mouth, sweet, the sherry directly. but not massive, again plums, now also more raisins, slightly chocolatey, menthol on the palate, the last kick is missing in the start, very filigree, to put it positively, but is just ok, because the flavors harmonize very well and are very pleasing , it does not always have to be barrel strength
    • Finish
      there is still gas, apple, sparkling, sweet, a short intensity peak, a few hazelnuts appear, then it ends pleasantly with a floury red apple, light sweetness on the palate, almost a little like sweetener, and a minimal sherry overtone

  6. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    On the nose: fruity with golden delicious apples and peaches but also some spicy cinnamon.

    It arrives sweet and far back on the tongue. Brown sugar, juicy raisins together with cinnamon covered almonds and orange marmelade, slightly burned.

    The finish is medium in length, some spring flowers mixed spices together with marmelade cubes and again peaches. Clean, fresh and delivered with elegance.

    Rating interval 88-91

  7. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Difficult to classify, he has a lot of things I like, but also some notes that I do not want to see, such as the dryness (the bitter kind, not astringent) and the somewhat alcoholic, but in the end he remains a nice older Sherry-OA with at least his own character ,
    • Nose
      Walnuts, ground with a bit of rum stew, also have an adhesive note, slightly alcoholic for 46%, raisins (rather light), fruity tobacco, black cherries with kernels, dark chocolate, treated leather, over time, the alcohol passes and it remains the aromatic , some dirty Sherrynote, Tick tree resin also, orange bitters
    • Taste
      The first thing to do is sweet, the resin of the tree is full, orange peel, raisins, forest honey, brown sugar are swimming in it, but the alcohol is back as well. The chemically treated leather, old tobacco, very oily and dense, becomes clear over time dry, old oak chips, some autumn leaves and almost a little old cardboard
    • Finish
      As I said, it becomes drier, the dried old tobacco takes over almost completely with brown, just as dry malt and oak notes, autumn leaves, a little brown sugar only in between, long

  8. Shane_IL scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Not a sherry bomb, but very close. Really rich whisky that shows off what one would expect with such an age. It’s also one of the cheapest whiskies of its age on the market. For me this is better than the 18 year old offering, but not with price factored in.

    Reviewed in my blog:

    • Nose
      Glue. Sticky sherry. Raisins. Prunes. Date honey. Toasted oak. Nutty. Cherry cigars.
    • Taste
      Tobacco. Leather. Candy apple. Bitter wood. Capsicum. Dates. Currants.
    • Finish
      Long. Ginger. Woodspice. Sultanas. Green herbs. Rich chocolate praline.

  9. Dottore scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I think the 22er better. Bad he is not at all, the taste for me even excellent, finish and nose limping back. 87 points
    • Nose
      At the beginning strong woody notes paired with a beautiful honey sweetness. Fresh morning air, vanilla, hazelnut. in the background green apple
    • Taste
      Oily and hardly sharp. Spicy-sweet with lots of caramel and vanilla, vanilla wedges. Some fruit flashes briefly, the taste really knows how to please.
    • Finish
      Rather short, now slightly sharp in the mouth. Leathery-dry mouthfeel remains.

  10. Bosi scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    A delicious filling that reflects the classic character of AnCnoc and adds a mature touch. Only the sharpness of the taste disturbs something.
    • Nose
      First, I took strong wood notes. Then the classic freshness and fruitiness of AnCnoc comes through: the aromas of apple, blood orange, honey, hazelnut and even raisins are perceptible.
    • Taste
      The mouthfeel is slightly oily with the sweetness of caramel and candied orange Despite the age, the whisky has a slight pungency (clove). After the sharpness red apples and wood come through.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium in length and both the candied fruit and the wood note remain.


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