Whisky News: anCnoc 18 Year Old is launched (and favorite tipple comes to an end)

Today Knockdhu Distillery announced their new core line addition – the anCnoc 18 Year Old.

When I read the announcement (full text below), I felt it was a weird decision: They have the 12yo, 16yo & 22yo expressions in the line up. Usually distilleries keeps a gap of 3 years between expressions, as most distillery stick to the winning formula of 12yo, 15yo & 18yo, so the logical addition would be 19yo between the existing 16yo and 22yo as 18yo is too close to the 16yo.

ancnoc-16-year-old-whiskySo what does this new release means for the 16yo? I asked for clarification and the answer I got back was simple and clear: The 16yo is coming to an end.

So that means that the favorite anCnoc 16yo (which is widely available for £53) will be phased out and will be replaced by the new 18yo which will retail for around £70.

So if anCnoc 16yo is a favorite of yours, hurry and stock up!


anCnoc 18 Year Old launched

anCnoc18-LowResanCnoc Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky has announced a remarkable addition to its multi-award-winning collection. The new 18 Year Old joins the family of single malts crafted at Knockdhu Distillery in true anCnoc style, offering a traditionally distilled, exquisite spirit with a modern twist. It follows a string of highly successful new releases and is expected to be just as popular. anCnoc’s Assistant Brand Manager Stephanie Bridge explains:

2014 has been anCnoc’s most ambitious year to date. We unveiled our new Peaty Collection in April, two new expressions for Global Travel Retail and our hugely popular 2000 Vintage. We are confident that our new anCnoc 18 Year Old will be extremely popular amongst single malt aficionados with its unique taste profile and striking packaging.”

The Whisky

anCnoc 18 Year Old was matured in top quality hand-selected American oak ex-bourbon and European oak ex-sherry casks. The combination of the two types of wood gives this mature expression of anCnoc an outstanding depth, complexity and balance of flavour. It’s a single malt for the most discerning drinker.

The whisky is bottled at 46% ABV, non-chill filtered and presented at its natural colour. Initially 6,000 bottles will be available in key markets worldwide. The recommended retail price is £70.

Tasting notes

Colour: Pine sap

Nose: Gentle spices and intense sweetness of dried fruits are topped with silky chocolate ganache, a squeeze of ripe orange and a mere suggestion of oiled leather. Intricate and elegant, balancing both maturity and Distillery’s signature character.

Taste: Full-bodied and bold, the palate brings aromatic spices, fruit loaf and candied lemon slices followed by a surge of vanilla custard, honey and runny caramel. European and American casks play in harmony delivering a lush and irresistibly moreish drinking experience while retaining anCnoc spirit firmly at the heart of this whisky.

Finish: Long and rewarding, the finish transforms from peppery and hot to deliciously sweet and smooth with an undertone of bitter pralines.


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