anCnoc cutter


Sampled at Whisky Birmingham 2015 run by The Birmingham Whisky Club this was my second anCnoc and certainly a transition from the 22yr.

Please take into account that these are my personal tasting notes and personal experience. as such you may interpret this whisky very differently from me.


Pale white wine


Think smoke and ash with a hint of something underneath – Toffee? Vanilla?


An even stronger flavour of ash than the nose gives but with a hint of un-ripened apple and a dash of citrus – Orange? A thick almost creamy quality to it.


A long smokey finish to this one, peaty to the end.


A stark contrast to the 22yr but another excellent dram. Always a pleasure to find out about a distillery for the first time and straight away be introduced to a range of delights after just sampling two of their whiskies on offer.


Taken from anCnoc website:


20.5 PPM [parts per million]

The Cutter is a hand tool used to cut peat from less wet, shallower bogs.  This means the peat it reveals is drier and therefore more easily burnt producing a whisky that has a medium-heavy smokiness, in this case, with a phenol content of 20.5 ppm.


Cutter is pale yellow in appearance.



An initially thick and oily smoke structure reveals a sharper, more medicinal phenolic layer and a piercing burst of fruitiness. Ripe peaches and just a touch of oak. The nose is intense and unforgettable.



More ashy, with a slight apple-core bitterness. Leather and spicy vanilla is there too, lingering at the back, accompanied by sharper notes of pink grapefruit and ripe orchard fruits. Elegant and long. A kaleidoscope of spicy and peaty notes that die out with a juicy burst and a loud call for another sip.


Alc vol 46

Available sizes 70cl & 75cl

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