anCnoc 2000

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Photo by John aka @jwbassman_ on Twitter.

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

Near the end of 2017 I took part in series 2 of #BlindTasting set up my Brian of Malt Musings. It’s taken me a while to get around to typing up my tasting notes from then but I’m getting there at last. If you’ve not heard of the #BlindTasting’s then you can get the low-down HERE and you can also find out more detail about Series 2 HERE on Malt Musing’s website.

The second whisky of Series 2 came from John (@jwbassman_) who is not only a whisky enthusiast but also a dab hand with a camera as the above photo will show you! His first blind sample for series 2 was the anCnoc 2000. My full tasting notes are below:

Colour:

Copper.

Nose:

Fruit and sherry straight off the back. Oak and nutty but also sweet – toffee, fudge and icing sugar.

Palate:

Sweet and fruity – in particular strawberries. Sherry, cardamom and fudge.

Finish:

Fruit, oak and nutty.

Overall:

I haven’t found an expression from anCnoc that I haven’t enjoyed and this is no exception. A lovely sweet, fruity dram with some spice and nuttiness to help balance it out. Unfortunately this was a limited edition and most places are now sold out – you can get it on some auction sites and in limited supply on Amazon but it will set you back around £65 – £70 on there which is a little too pricey for me I’m afraid even for such a delicious dram.

Notes:

Notes taken form the anCnoc webstie:

anCnoc Vintage 2000 has matured in Spanish oak ex-sherry butts and American oak ex-bourbon barrels and has been bottled in its most natural form, neither chill-filtered nor coloured. As a result this dram may develop a light haze with the addition of water or if kept at a cold temperature. This haze is a natural characteristic of whisky that is non-chill filtered.

Colour

Bronzed honey with rich amber highlights.

Nose

Oriental spices, toasted vanilla and cocoa beans give way to subtle aromas of lemon grass, orange peel and fragrant cut flowers.

Taste

Smooth creamy vanilla, spicy sherry notes, pralines and lively citrus lead to a long balanced finish with a hint of wood smoke.

Alc vol 46%

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