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AnCnoc 24 Year Old

Underappreciated heavyweight

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@rmunson32Review by @rmunson32

13th Jun 2018

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The anCnoc 24 is made at the knockdhu distillery and is a combination of ex-bourbon casks and sherry-treated casks thats not chill-filtered nor coloured. An underrated heaveyweight.

Nose a bouquet of fragrant custard dripped with vanilla pods, black tea,orange bitters in your margarita and grated ginger.

In the mouth a wonderfully dense and slightly oily resin, creamed honey comb. Imagine winnie the pooh hand drenched with honey, candied Seville oranges. I get a very faint and subtle note of dried figs from my mom’s fig tree. More bourbon than sherry. These layers are balanced by delicate oak spices, ginger, rooibos, and cleaned Florentine leather with a faint hint of earthy tobacco leaf like I get from the cafe Cubano Nespresso. longish finish that’s dangerously tasty.

For a 24 yo highland whisky sub $150 this is a charming gem that’s crazy value for the money!

89 maybe a point higher becaude at $140 its 3-4 times less than its class!

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5 comments

@cricklewood
cricklewood commented

Nice review, Ancnoc has an interesting profile, most that I have tried then to have interesting secondary flavours, sometimes honeycomb, wax, tobacco or leather that make the experience interesting.

I think they are still good value although the older expressions are creeping up as the word gets out.

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@rmunson32
rmunson32 commented

@cricklewood I agree, I had to order it from California as I live outside Washington DC and if you can find Ancnoc prices are steep

about one year ago 0

@RianC
RianC commented

@cricklewood - Sssssssh! smile I've only had the 12 but was very impressed and have been tempted by this and the 18 in the past. This is just under £120 in the UK, which is about as cheap as you'll find at that age.

Nice review @rmunson32 - This sounds delightful and may be one to snag or my 40th next year.

As mentioned elsewhere recently - I fear that AnCnoc will go the way of Balblair and Pulteney and these prices won't be there for very long. I just found out they are owned by Thai Bev - a group that make SangSom and Chang beer (the most headache inducing spirit and beer I've ever drank - it even has a name, 'a Chang over' ) grin

They also make a spirit called Hong Thong, which amuses me no end.

4 months ago 2Who liked this?

@rmunson32
rmunson32 commented

@RianC I agree with your comments on Balblair and Old Pulteney! The OP 17 yo is one of my favorites and I hear the new core line up that replaced it “18yo”is not as good and crazy expensive! I turn 40 at the end of June and looking for a “40th” birthday bottle for myself! I was eyeing Springbank 14 yo bourbon wood! I can’t find it in my market anymore, and Unfortunately my state of Virginia with its own state controlled ABC liquor stores has put a ban on spirits shipped from outside my state! I live on the border of Washington DC and Maryland but distribution is horrible here and prices are hit or miss that’s why I used to buy from out of state!

4 months ago 2Who liked this?

@RianC
RianC commented

@rmunson32 - As a Brit I just can't get my head around the differences in liquor sales in the US - I guess each State is a kind of independent legal entity so they can have their own laws, imports etc? That you can't all buy the same things online (I think?) dependent on where you are seems crazy to me but, well, there you go!

That said, I think everyone here is kind of holding their collective breaths as no-one seems to know quite what Brexit will bring (slight understatement) . . . if it ever actually happens smile

And it could be worse cough Canada cough grin

Hope you manage to snag what you're after anyways - there certainly seems to be a good network of buying and sharing on here?!

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