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anCnoc Knockdhu 12yo

A simpler time

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@PandemoniumReview by @Pandemonium

29th Jul 2016


anCnoc Knockdhu 12yo
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Ah, the 90’s a simpler time when Knockdhu was released bottles under its own name. It was only when the naming confusion with that other distillery Knockando put them on a collision course that they changed the name of their product to AnCnoc. Hell, the name change was so successful that nowadays most people believe it’s also the name of the distillery.

Description: matured for 12years, bottled in the 90’s as the entry level official bottling of Knockdhu at 43% ABV.

Nose: malty in its core with a light fruity lemon balm perfume, notes of cardboard and white pepper, with just a flowery touch to it. Nothing out of the ordinary here…

Mouth: an oily body with a sharp and spicy palate of dried apples, fennel and malted barley on a bed of white pepper and marjoram.

Finish: medium long, high alcoholic, with notes of green apples and caramel with a salty touch in its tail.

Verdict: It is good, not great but overall a very tasty sipper that could easily take on any of today’s entry level drams. Impressed by the full body, I believe the ratings it got on whiskyfun and whiskybase are far too low. A classic Speysider “cough Highland” whisky.

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Victor commented

Yes, simple pleasures have their place, as do simple malts. Thanks for your review, @Pandemonium.

7 years ago 0

Ol_Jas commented

I always think it's funny how anyone would choose "an Cnoc" as a clearer name than ANYTHING. I suppose it's distinctive.

Also in the category of odd "brands and distilleries don't match" trivia: Old Pulteney whisky doesn't come from the Old Pulteney distillery. It comes from the Pulteney distillery. Totally wild and crazy, am I right?

7 years ago 0

Victor commented

@OlJas, I think it would be even more fun if the "Old Pulteney Distillery" put out whisky named "Young Pulteney".

Or, alternately, the "Pulteney Distillery" could produce whisky named "Young Pulteney", "Middle-Aged Pulteney", and "Old Pulteney". This labeling would replace Age Statements.

7 years ago 0