AnCnoc 1999


As some of you will know, AnCnoc have been releasing whisky from consecutive years over the past wee while. I’ve previously reviewed the 1997 vintage while Graeme has given his thoughts on the 1998 vintage. AnCnoc have released the most recent member of this series and, unsurprisingly, it’s the 1999 vintage. This whisky was matured in a mixture of American ex-bourbon and Spanish ex-sherry casks and is limited to 4,500 bottles. The press release which accompanied this sample points to the 1999 vintage being the first of several new kids on the bloc at AnCnoc, with AnCnoc brand manager Gillian Gibson saying, “Releasing our 1999 vintage marks the first in a series of fresh and exciting developments for AnCnoc in 2014 which are sure to intrigue and delight fans of our range. This very special expression, with its distinctive characteristics, will undoubtedly be a welcome addition to AnCnoc collections.”

Watch this space.

AnCnoc 1999 Vintage
Knockdhu Distillery
4,500 bottles only
46% ABV
£55.11 from here

Nose: Zesty and vibrant – lemon rind, sherbet, marshmallows, sweet caramel, chocolate biscuits and fresh saw dust.

Palate: Soft and sweet – candyfloss, vanilla fudge, creamy toffee, orange peel and lemon meringue.

Finish: Sweet citrus notes balanced by some gentle, oaky spices.

Overall: A very tasty dram indeed. The liquid’s lovely and it’s limited to 4,500 bottles which means not every Tom, Dick or Harry will be able to get their hands on it. However, some might find the price point a little too high despite the slightly higher than normal ABV of 46% – £55 may be a little steep, but it’s certainly worth buying a dram to try it if you get the chance.



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