AnCnoc 18 YO
AnCnoc 18 YO, 46 %
This is a rather new addition to the core range from Knockdhu Distillery. The AnCnoc 18 YO was launched late 2014.
Earlier this week I reviewed the AnCnoc 12 YO. The main difference between the 12 and the 18, except for the age - obviously, is that the 18 is bottled at 46 % ABV compared to 40 %. Where the 12 was matured in both ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks, with a majority of bourbon, the 18 has an even distribution of ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks.
Nose (22/25): Richer and more fruity than the 12 YO. A bit malty in character, with hints of oakiness. Slightly spicy, and with a gentle sweetness of vanilla and milk chocolate. Give it time and you might also pick up notes of honey and oranges.
Taste (22/25): Nutty! ...and fruity. Vanilla and dried fruits (so, yeah - both the bourbon casks and the sherry casks have had a say here). Soft and pleasing mouthfeel.
Finish (21/25): Still nutty and rich. A bit sugary in the sweetness now. The mouthfeel turns slightly fizzy - that's always fun. Medium to long finish.
Balance (22/25): A very nice dram. I am not quite sure why I have not spent time with AnCnoc before.
Sláinte! - Thomas