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AN CNOC 2005 Peated - 60th Anniversary LMDW 58%

Single Malt, Scotland / Highlands, 70cl, Ref: 51507

Though the distillery has kept its original name of Knockdhu, the single malt it produces was renamed An Cnoc in 1993. Distilled from peated barley, this 2005 bottling wonderfully illustrates the powerful and firm style of this uncompromising Speyside that never rests on its laurels. Without being austere, this version is focused on its favourite subject, malted barley, dressing it in medicinal, earthy, spicy - almost hot - and even fruity nuances.

Profile: malty and earthy, the nose becomes fruity (apple), spicy (black pepper) and lemony. The palate is fruity with notes of honey and vanilla. White fruit. The earthiness gradually becomes peaty at the end of the palate. It becomes delicately mentholated.

Single Cask no. 427 – Bourbon Barrel
Limited edition of 210 bottles
Exclusive to LMDW

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Tasting note

  • Appearance : pale yellow with hints of gold
  • Nose : lively, powerful. The initial nose is very clearly marked by closely interwoven notes of earth and malted barley. It gradually opens up and skilfully deploys its fruity (apple, pear), spicy (black pepper, clove) and mustardy character. Further in, aromatic herbs, citrus fruit (lemon, orange) and cut hay fill the bouquet.
  • Palate : clean, firm. More immediate than the initial nose, the attack on the palate is nonetheless just as assertive. The same ripe fruits are adorned with a fine layer of honey. The mid-palate is deliciously lactic (vanilla, crème fraîche). Allowed to breathe, it becomes spicy, almost hot, whilst white currants and gooseberries arrive in an original finale.
  • Overall : long, full of energy. Refreshed with pleasant vegetable tones (herbs, green malt), the finish also shows hints of liquorice. Notes of almost peaty earth bring back pleasant memories of the nose. The retro-nasal olfaction wavers between white mint, tobacco leaves and dried fruits (almond, hazelnut). The empty glass takes us deep into the fermentation hall to breathe in the aromas of beer and yeast.
The brand

The brand

This distillery uses a variety of casks - butts and hogsheads in Spanish oak and barrels and hogsheads in American oak - to produce a light, but complex, whisky. Both modern and classic, An Cnoc’s official bottling stands out on the one hand for its extremely distinctive packaging - see the Peter Arckle vintages, the labels and tubes of which have been created by the artist of the same name - and on the other hand for the alcohol content which is often higher than average, as well as for its numerous dated vintages. A forward-thinking whisky with deep respect for tradition!


The distillery

Built on the Knock estate in 1892, following the discovery of several sources of very pure, fresh water springs, the Knockdhu distillery continues to produce a single malt from the two original stills. In 2000, the owners of the distillery decided to change the name of their whisky, in order to avoid any confusion with another distillery in the same area, Knockando. The distillery uses a variety of casks – Spanish oak butts and hogsheads, and American oak barrels and hogsheads – to produce a light, but complex style of whisky.

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