natural colour, unchillfiltered.
Lets leave Islay for a while and move to the Highlands, to Knock in Aberdeenshire. It houses the Knockdhu Distillery. Do not confuse Knockdhu Distillery with Knockando Distillery, that is in Knockando in Moray. To avioid that situation, whisky from Knockdhu since 1994 has been called anCnoc. Single malts marked as Knockdhu can be still found at auctions.
The distillery was founded in 1894 and as in the history of the Scottish distilleries was temporarily closed. In 1988 the company was acquired by Inver House Distillers, which currently holds the Old Pulteney, Balblair and Speyburn.
Recently I got samples of the latest peated products from anCnoc: Router, Flaughter, Tushkar, but before I will taste them, I decided to try something more classic. As a matter of fact I have a bottle of anCnoc 1993. Single Malt was distilled in 1993 and bottled in March 2007, so we can assume that it is 14 year old. Presentation correct, unchillfiltered, natural color and 46% ABV.
N: pleasant and quite fresh, there is something of tropical fruits, with limes, with lemon, I also get flowers and wood accents, in the depth I discover a whole deck of vanilla, toffee and caramel,
T: intense, pleasantly and clearly marked wood with a peculiar bitterness and sparking on the tongue, grapefruit, apple, further sweet with vanilla,
F: medium length to long with traces of apples, grapefruit and bitterness.
AnCnoc is a decent single malt from the Highlands in a very good presentation. I wouldn’t add any water here, despite the 46% ABV. After refreshing the knowledge of anCnoc, I am ready to taste new peaty releases.