AnCnoc 12 years is the basic release from the Knockdhu distillery. Founded in 1893 Knockdhu has changed hands several times over the years, but it wasn’t until they were bought by Inver House that bottlings named after the distillery ceased and the name AnCnoc was born.
Starting in 1993 Inver House changed the bottling names to AnCnoc but it wasn’t until 2003, after Inver House was bought by Pacific Spirits, that the AnCnoc 12yo became the baseline official bottling. From that point on various releases have happened and more expensive bottles with bigger age statements have been released along with special editions.
Nose: Aromatic, quite robust. Honeysuckle, fresh flowers, cereals, barley.
Palate: Medium, good sweetness. Madeira, winter spices, mocha, Crème de Cacao, herbal hints and toasted granary bread.
Finish: Medium length, great interplay between oak and barley.
Overall: Ancnoc 12 is in that “it’s not really good, but it’s not really bad either” kind of area. It’s not something I’m clambering to buy (a bigger bottle of at least), but if it were in the $35-$40 range it’s the kind of thing I could see myself grabbing on my way to a friend’s house for an afternoon of board games. A utilitarian whisky that’s more for those times when you don’t need something amazing in your glass, you just need something that isn’t horrible.
What some of our whisky enthusiast friends have said about anCnoc 12
Quote 1 “Sweet on the nose with subtle hints of green apple. Looking slightly deeper I find a cinnamon barrel spice with hints of vanilla. The initial taste is spicey and peppery which smoothly develops into a sweet honey. The journey it takes after that is to a nice dry finish and settles with hints of tabacco . Great every day drinker.”
Quote 2 “I thought the flavours and balance of this whisky were superb. Floral nose, with sweetness and toasted notes on the palate. Finish is medium with lovely malt and spice developing. A great whisky, with excellent balance and subtlety of flavour and for the price, easily five stars.”
Quote 3 “Fantastic dram with the oily texture so pleasing in spirits such as Aberlour A’bundach. I have this on my bar next to several other fine 12 yr bottles such as Highland Park and I keep reaching for Ancnoc.”