AnCnoc 12 

40% Alc/Vol



bird bees

Ok let’s start by saying I will not be referring to any lighter style/floral scotch with the prefix “lady” and yes I know there difference between men and women but I wouldn’t call all women rather delicate flowers either, not for fear of backlash but because it’s trite and frankly just so ridiculous.


Nose: Malty, golden delicious apples, slightly sour honey/mead, there is also a delicate floral nectar side, orange blossom and seabuckthorn. It’s all fairly subtle, there is a touch of white wine on the nose (the first time it made me think of vinho verde). Despite the lightness the nose if very different, kind of heady, in time you get touches of blond tobacco and white pepper.



Palate: Warm, spicy and sweet. It’s got a good malty and creamy body, cookie dough, malt biscuits, milk chocolate & corn flakes. Then ginger both fresh and a bit of pickled, honey a touch of wax and vanilla.

The finish is rather short and the mouth while round is not very fat, the biggest deception is the palate that loses all the promise of the nose, none of those tobacco and pepper and super weird fruity flavors really come to the fore.

I really want to dig this whisky, I never dislike it when I have a dram  but believe that overall there isn’t one aspect that grabs my attention enough. Perhaps a good place to start someone who has only encountered harsh blends. That said it doesn’t turn me off trying other expressions from the same producer. I am very intrigued by their vintage range, same goes with the peated ones that seems to be getting quite a lot of attention.



*Birds and bees illustration by Tom Lindsay.




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