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I had heard good things about An Cnoc 12 from couple of my whisky buddies here in Finland. For me it didn't light any sparkles, it wasn't bad either but in my opinion, it felt a bit too flat-lined throughout the tasting. It was easy to drink and it balanced nicely between sweet and spicy notes.
An Cnoc 12 year old should easily fit into a nice summer evening with friends. It's a light romantic comedy such as (500) Days of Summer, without the complexity though. The 500 days aren't there in An Cnoc's favor. They're there because An Cnoc 12 was too common (not that the movie was...).
Nose: Nice aromas, freshly floral with citrus. Sweet hints of honey influence on the background. Definitely the past part of An Cnoc 12.
Taste: Sweet and every taste is subtle. Spices and herbs with some chocolate. For me it was very hard to spot different flavors.
Finish: Length is nice but the finish felt a bit dull. Oak and barley mostly stand out.
Balance: Everything was in a nice balance in this medium bodied dram. For my taste it was maybe too flat with nothing pointing out so well. All in all, a decent whisky.