Ancnoc is the whisky produced from the Knockdhu distillery, situated in the village of Knock in Aberdeenshire, founded by John Morrison and opened in 1894, the distillery still keeps to the old traditions in order to produce what we taste today.
Todays expression is the 12yo and is the entry level malt in the core range, and is bottled at 40% abv.
Nose.. This has quite a delicate nose, lots of floral notes, blossom and heather, honey and soft fruit aromas, a little vanilla and a subtle hint of citrus.
Palate.. A lot sweeter than the nose would suggest, vanilla and caramel pop up first with some pear and apple notes, heather honey gives you a little more sweetness before giving way to gentle spices and soft butterscotch.
Finish.. Not overly long but extremely fresh and enjoyable.
Thoughts.. This is one of those entry level whiskys that probably gets overlooked too much, it is extremely easy to drink, and should command a lot more respect than it probably gets, sitting at the bottom of the core range this only gives me hope the older expressions are going to be pretty good, the delicate flavours you find in this whisky really do complement each other, there is no really big bold flavours and that makes it even better in my eyes. There is a good level of complexity and well balanced flavours.. Don’t be afraid to go out and buy this, you will not be dissapointed..