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29 Dec 2010

anCnoc 16 Years

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: AnCnoc

Another distillery that we didn’t have before on WhiskyNotes (at least not with published tasting notes): anCnoc. It was founded in the whisky boom of 1893 as Knockdhu. The name was changed in 2003 to avoid confusion with Knockando. Together with Balblair, Pulteney, Balmenach… they are owned by ThaiBev, one of the big producers of alcoholic products in Asia.

The 16-year-old is the only anCnoc available which has been fully matured in American oak casks.


AnCnoc 16 yearsanCnoc 16 yo (46%, OB 2010)

Nose: malty and fruity, quite aromatic in a way that reminds me more of fruit tea rather than the actual fruits. Maybe that’s also because of the distinct camomile notes. Citrus, peach, pear, strawberry. Big vanilla and toffee, as well as light grassy elements. Nice. Mouth: again a particularly tea-like flavour palette (due to the herbal / grassy notes maybe), with dashes of honey and glazed apples. Zesty citrus. Oak shavings with some tannins. A little mocha. A bit light in comparison with the nose maybe. Finish: medium length, with sweet cereals, some mint and vanilla.

This anCnoc 16 Years old is aromatic with young fruits and freshly cut oak. More of a summer whisky, I think. Around € 55.

Score: 84/100

anCnoc 16 Years 3 Ruben Luyten 2010-12-29
  • http://whiskyisrael.co.il gal

    what a coincidence!
    just reviewed this one this week..

    how would u compare this vs. the 12 yo?

    i prefer the 12.

  • http://www.whiskynotes.be Ruben

    It has been a while since I tried the 12yo (more than 5 years ago) but indeed I think the 12yo made a bigger impression.

  • MARS

    I try the 12 years old last year and wasn’t impressed at all.
    Not bad, but too light with the aromas. Of course, I can always fall on a lighter batch! (or bad tasting conditions)

    I learned something, didn’t know that the owner of beer chang was also the owner of distilleries in scotland!

  • http://www.whiskynotes.be Ruben

    Actually the distilleries are owned by the Scottish group Inver House which is a subsidiary of ThaiBev. It’s a very big group that indeed produces Chang Beer and Mekhong rum.

  • bakerman

    I had the 1975 and the 1994, but for its tasty malty-barley-honeyd notes and the cheap price (at the time I was living in UK they sold it for 18GBP, and is still not much more expensive) I personally like the 12yo a lot and for me this was/is a bargain within standard expressions.
    But I remember that I also had a dram from a batch I found far from being good whisky, so is a bit of a lottery here….

    The case you got a bad batch I recommend to dilute it by equal amount of Drambuie, keeps the cold away in winter :-)

  • http://whiskyisrael.co.il gal

    heheh ;)

    well, the 12 is also my fav.simple and cheapo

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