Quick (breakfast) Dram: anCnoc 1998

anCnoc 1998

You may or may not know that today is officially World Whisky Day! Well sort of… it was actually set up by Aberdeen University student Blair Bowman (22) when he spotted a wee gap in the market for celebrating our fair golden liquid. Surprisingly there has never been an official one before and when Blair noticed this last year he got straight on the case. In this inaugural year it has 16,000 people signed up to take part in 125 events worldwide. Impressive for a years work… but for us here at Edinburgh Whisky Blog everday is whisky day and so it is just business as usual for us!

Having spent the night reading about WWD at work, I have skipped home in the sensational Edinburgh sunshine with one whisky particularly in mind to try this morning – anCnoc 1998! Part of their small batch series – which has previously seen the likes of the 1993, 1994 and 1996 – this is an unchill-filtered, ex-bourbon and ex-sherry cask, at 46% ABV and bottled in February 2012. Should be pretty darn good if the past expressions are anything to go by. Only 5,100 bottles are available of this release and with previous editions usually being very light and refreshing, this seems perfect for a sunny morning after a hard nights graft! So, I have settled down in the kitchen, anCnoc in hand (judging looks from my flatmate who is cooking his breakfast), whisky in mind and ready to tuck in:

anCnoc 1998

Knockdhu Distillery
Bottled February 2012
46% ABV
£51 here

Nose: Strong. Vibrant. Fresh. Sweet heavy syrup on the edges, hard boiled fruit candy and mildly floral soap (in a good way).

Palate: Amazing and not only because it’s refreshing at the end of a working day! Wave upon wave of sexy velvety popping candy chocolate to start. A warm lemongrass note spreads and then mouthfuls of rich, sweet fake fruit. Dried mango and pineapple sherbet with a hint of sour apples.

Finish: Crisp and dry. Fresh and sharp. Seriously this has the most clear cut apple flavour that I have ever tasted, almost cider-like refreshment in the throat.

Overall: Excellent. Just excellent.

Well that was a complete and utter treat to celebrate my own mini whisky day with. anCnoc should be very, very happy with this release as it is definitely the strongest one I have tasted so far! With the way the sun is shining in Edinburgh right now I can highly recommend that this should be a must-try for the summer months to come. Thank you anCnoc 1998. Enjoy your day of whisky, folks!


Graeme Gardiner

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