AnCnoc is one of those whiskies that I have not tried very often. But last winter it appeared on my radar when I encountered two expressions at the Antwerp whisky festival: Peatlands and the 1975 Limited Edition. Time for me to try some stuff from the Knockdhu distillery, I suppose. The Peatlands limited edition is part of AnCnoc’s Peaty Collection, next to Tushkar, Rutter, Flaughter, Cutter and Rascan (all names of tools of the trade to harvest peat). The malt was peated to (only) 9ppm.
The nose offers sweet elements like toffee and vanilla, but also fresh citrusy notes. Some green apples. Pineapple on the BBQ. The whole is wrapped in a mildly smoky jacket. Some nutmeg and cloves. Honey and heather. Soft and beautiful.
Soft and oily on the patate. I immediately get a warm touch of wood and peat, before the fruit shines through. Mostly citrus and a surprising hint of kiwi. Suddenly parsley shows up. Truly! But very, very good indeed.
The finish can be called long, on smoky elements with a sweet touch at the death.
Yes, good stuff? No peat in your face, which would be unbecoming for AnCnoc in my book. Around 65 EUR.