Review: anCnoc 125th Anniversary 16 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

AnCnoc 16 Year 2.jpg
Ex-bourbon barrels; 16 Years
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Knockdu (Knock, Scotland)

I don’t drink too many anCnocs (we don’t see too many in Canada) but I couldn’t pass this one up after numerous recommendations. This was a special edition released for Knockdu’s 125th anniversary.

Review (2020)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2019

A rich, malty nose here – a lot of depth. Hay, green apples, toffee, white pepper, over-ripe pear, coconut, pot barley, stewed orchard fruits, vanilla, balsamic vinegar, and light sweet oak. The nose is so vibrant and layered. How about the body? Very well balanced, with a nice rich body. The palate has a great mouthfeel, with a very nice dose of honey, almond, and dried apricots. The finish has some brown sugar, malt, green apples, hay, and a touch of tobacco. The maltiness just stays and grows.

Based on the above tasting notes, I’d probably not be inclined to think that I’d like this as much as I do. It’s very well put together.

Oddly enough, this is one that I like either at cask strength, or diluted all the way down to around 40% (or even a touch lower). The mid-ranges (~45-50%) which is my typical sweet spot for medium-bodied Scotches doesn’t quite seem to do it for me.

Very very nice.

Very Highly Recommended (18% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average bang for your buck, at $150.