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anCnoc 2009 Vintage Review

8th November 2021
Review of anCnoc 2009 Vintage matured in a combination of First-Fill Spanish oak butts and American ex-Bourbon oak barrels.

anCnoc 2009 Vintage Bottled 2021anCnoc 2009 Vintage is the latest instalment from Knockdhu distillery's vintages collection. This latest offering was distilled in 2009 then matured in a combination of First-Fill Spanish oak butts and American ex-Bourbon oak barrels before being bottled in 2021.

Knockdhu Distillery Manager Gordon Bruce commented on the anCnoc 2009 Vintage saying: "Weíve been waiting twelve years for this vintage and it has definitely been worth the wait. This is a dram that has all the light, fresh qualities of anCnoc that are so loved by our drinkers, but thereís also a rich spiciness and complexity from its time in the casks.

"Itís always a joy to release a new whisky out into the world. Iím particularly proud that the character of this new vintage captures the way we do things at Knockdhu, and the traditions we hold dear, yet it still tastes like a very modern single malt. anCnoc 2009 Vintage will be a real treat for whisky drinkers looking for something a little bit different to explore, or as a special addition to the Christmas list of anyone who appreciates a well-crafted single malt."

anCnoc 2009 Vintage has been bottled at 46% ABV, non-chilled filtered and is naturally coloured. 7,920 bottles are available for the UK and global markets, with an RRP of £50 you will soon find it available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, Amazon and Master of Malt

anCnoc 2009 Vintage Review

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Green apple, honey and a touch of sweet vanilla toffee, a little lemon citrus and some distant oak spice.

Taste: Juicy sugars and a little vanilla toffee with a lovely oak spiced edge fills the mouth these are quickly joined by a mix of green apple and some lemon and orange citrus.

Finish: Deliciously long, malty, citrusy and spicy. The sugared oak spices peak then slowly bow out.

Comment: Unpeated anCnoc is at its best when matured in ex-Bourbon barrels and no doubt ex-Bourbon barrels have played the lead role in the creation of this 2009 Vintage, a deliciously enjoyable smooth easy drinking anCnoc with sugars, spice and all things nice. With Christmas now on the horizon if you are looking for a gift for a whisky loving friend or relative or perhaps something new to pour for yourself during the holidays this should be well received by any whisky drinker.

SMW Score 89/100

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