anCnoc Black Hill Reserve

anCnoc Black Hill Reserve is a travel retail expression launched in 2015. It was matured exclusively in first-fill bourbon casks, my favourite recipe for this distillery.

Knockdhu Distillery is located near Knock Hill, known to the locals as Black Hill (also the meaning of Knockdhu in Gaelic).



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(46%, OB 2016)

Nose: fresh and rather light, with classic notes of vanilla and orchard fruits. Green apple peel, pears, yellow plums. A light buttery note comes out after a while. Citrus aromas keep growing.

Mouth: same fruity core, slightly honeyed, but with a firm spicy kick now. Pepper, ginger, a slight bitterness too. Quite tangy. Candied orange peel. New leather. A bit of a toffee / caramel note in the background.

Finish: quite long, now turning towards mocha.

This Black Hill is made in a light, summery style, with a clean fruity core and an active kick from the oak. Around € 45 for a whole litre.

Score: 81/100