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anCnoc 12 Year Old

(500) Days of Summer

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@RantavahtiReview by @Rantavahti

7th Mar 2013


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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.

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CanadianNinja commented

Terrible film. Using it in this review doesn't make me want to try this one at all!

7 years ago 0

ClanVidela commented

The flavors you describe makes me want to try it. That and the fact that it's quite affordable here in Sweden.

7 years ago 0

FMichael commented

My 1st anCnoc was the 16 yr expression, and truth be told I was unimpressed; it's not that I didn't like it - just that it was nothing special for a 16 yr single malt.

I was a bit hesitant on trying the 12 yr anCnoc, but gave it a shot, and I'm I did for I personally found it alot more flavourful, and having more character than it's older brother.

@ ClanVidela - give the 12 yr expression a try; IMHO it's one of the best 12 yr single malts out there, but then again I'm a big fan of vanilla/malty/citrus/slightly spicey single malt whiskies.

7 years ago 0

Rantavahti commented

@CanadianNinja Though I'm not a fan of either one of these, I have to point out that the film was used mainly because of the title that sums up this An Cnoc for me. Meaning that it tastes so common that it might as well be enjoyed 500 days of summer...

7 years ago 0

FMichael commented

@ Rantavahti - may I ask what other whiskies do you find that have a similar taste to the anCnoc 12 yr?

I'm thinking the Jura 10 yr Origin is similar (a bit more malty, and no citrus when compared to the anCnoc), and so is the Old Pulteney 12 yr (albeit with a hint of brine).

7 years ago 0

Rantavahti commented

@FMichael I have Jura 10 waiting in my cabinet, haven't tried it yet but I hope it's better.

That's a tough question...Cragganmore 14 is slightly similar, much drier though connosr.com/reviews/cragganmore/…

Speyburn 10 is slightly similar too but again, a dry version and tastes much worse than An Cnoc 12

7 years ago 0

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