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anCnoc 12 Year Old Review

22nd September 2023
Review of the anCnoc 12 year old

anCnoc 12 Year OldAs a warm up to me tasting the new anCnoc Peatheart Batch 3 and anCnoc Sherry Cask Finish Peated Edition Review I revisited the anCnoc 12 year old, the stalwart in the anCnoc whisky core range.

The anCnoc core whisky range has offered us whisky drinkers various expressions over the years but the one constant in recent times has been the entry level anCnoc 12 year old since it was reintroduced back in 2003 following a period where the distillery was closed between 1983 and 1988.

The anCnoc 12 Year Old is matured in a combination of second fill American oak, ex-bourbon and in lesser numbers ex-sherry casks and bottled at 40% ABV.

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: An enticing balance of lemon, honey and apple cider. A touch of butterscotch vanilla and a lovely gentle mild barley sugared sweetness.

Taste: Lovely lemon infused mild barley sugars with a gentle honey and oak spiced edge coats the mouth, some distant vanilla and coconut ice.

Finish: A deliciously malty, longish finish with caramel, honey, a touch of coconut and more lovely gentle and slightly drying oak spice.

Comment: This really is still one of the best, most complex and consistently good entry level malt whiskies around which probably doesn't get as much press as it deserves. I could say this about a lot of whiskies but I would bet this would be absolutely stunning if bottled at 46 -50% ABV, it is still a cracker at 40%.

SMW Score 90/100

You will find the anCnoc 12 year old along with the rest of the anCnoc core range available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

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