Whisky Review – anCnoc 12 year old. @ancnoc_whisky 

anCnoc 12 year old 

40% ABV

£30.86 from Master of Malt


Very very fruity. Lots of fresh apples, soft fruit intense, apricot, peach and honeydew melon. There are even some tropical fruits creeping in there. Bright summer honey, and yellow flowers! This reeks of late spring and early summer. Absolutely lovely. Exceedingly appealing and what I would define as a smell of happiness.  


The arrival is sweet, clean, fresh, loads of fruit again, apples, oranges, apricot, melon, it’s a big fruit basket of a palate. Some sweet, crystallised ginger and a pinch of white pepper. Sugar coated puff pastry, icing sugar, very sweet and moreish. If you have a sweet tooth this is a treat and a half. Extremely refreshing for a whisky. 


Light honey lingers for a long time, it’s almost mead like. Along with a touch of wood spice, sweet ginger and those sweet summer fruits. 

Adding water. 

Only a small drop added as already at 40%. The nose is slightly more herbal now, with touches of green grass and moss. Almost a level of earthy peatiness about it. Much more floral as well, with the heavy intense fruitiness quite diminished. The palate is still sweetly intense, it’s quite understated in its complexity, one minute I think this is quite a simple dram, and the next it’s really doing some odd and comes things on the palate. It’s more herbal now, sweet ginger still present, but also some aniseed. The finish is also carrying forward this light, sweet aniseed note. Lovely stuff…with or without water? Different experience either way so it’s worth an experiment to make your own mind up. 


A delicious breakfast or summer whisky. It’s light, but full of flavour, bags and bags of fruity sweetness. If you have a sweet tooth this is perfect for you. I will be reviewing a bunch of anCnoc whiskies over the coming weeks, look out for them. I had to start here though. 18 and 22 year old expressions coming soon!

From my own stash.