Jul 032014

This expression, the third in AnCnoc’s peated series, is limited to the Swedish market. No official reason was given, but it probably relates to stock size and availability.

In any event, Yoav of the Whisky Gospel blog, which is incidentally celebrating it’s first anniversry today (and has a cool giveaway of an 18 year old made by his favorite distillery – and I can’t tell you which becuase that’s part of the competiton, but if you want in – here’s the birthday post) shared these samples with me, and I thank him.

Photo Credit; http://www.scotchmaltwhisky.co.uk/

Photo Credit; http://www.scotchmaltwhisky.co.uk/

The Tushkar is the most peated ot the trio, although I couldn’t tell the difference between the Flaughter’s 14.8 ppm and the Tushkar’s 15 ppm. You’ll find my reviews of the Rutter and Flaughter in the links.

AnCnoc Tushkar – 15 PPM after distillation (46% ABV, NC, NCF)

Color: Light straw, legs are well spaced.

Nose: Honeydew melon, sandlewood, honey, subtle peat, prickly pear leaves or alovera and pickles in brine.

Palate: Very briny, light and dry.

Linger: Short in the mouth but long warming in the stomach. Notes of sweet ash mixing with green fruit remaining.

This sample, like the Rutter and Flaughter, were shard with me by Yoav of the Whisky Gospel blog.

Jul 022014
Photo Credit: www.thegoodspiritsco.com

Photo Credit: www.thegoodspiritsco.com

This post is the second installment in the review post series for the three new peated whiskys from AnCnoc. In the first review, we looked at the Rutter, more lightly peated at only 11 ppm. It’s worth noting that parting from industry standard, AnCnoc measures the peat level in the whisky itself as bottled.

This whisky is bottled at eight years old.

How does the peatiness level measure up? As I mentioned in the Rutter post, all three expressions are peatier than the Talisker 10 and less peaty than the Islay big three (Lagavulin 16, Laphroaig 10 and Ardbeg 10).

Again, as this sample was shared by Yoav, I’ll point you to his thorough review here together with my thanks.

AnCnoc Flaughter– 14.8 ppm  (46% ABV, NCF, NC)

Color: Light straw, well spaced legs.

Nose: Pears, the peat comes in behind, fresh cherries, syrup, cooked sweet fruit, more baked pears, and the the peat shyly hiding behind the fruit.

Palate: Sweet, lots of green pears (the ones that are just getting really sweet, but still retain their hardness) with smoky peat. The peat is gentle, and more smoky than maritime – different from the Islay peat.

Linger: Long with sweetness and fruity notes, slightest hint of vanilla and the cast rears its head very gently with some oaky notes.

This, to me, is the best of the three peated expressions, and I hope that if any of these become a permanent addition to the core range, that it be the Flaughter,


Jun 302014
Photo Credit: thegreenwellystop.co.uk

Photo Credit: thegreenwellystop.co.uk

AnCnoc is the official name of the whisky produced by the Knockdhu distillery. The pupose for the name change is the similarity of the distillery name to the Knockando.

The distillery has a new line of three peated whiskys, one of which is exclusive to the Swedish market (I have no idea why, but the good news is that it’s actually not the best of the bunch, so I hope for my Swedish friends that the other expressions are available there too). The expressions in the series are named for three tools used in the extraction of peat: The rutter, floughter and the tushkar.

The series’ peat level puts them mid-range (roughly double the ppm in Talisker 10 and roughly half the ppm of the Ardbeg 10 – see the Whisky Intelligence post making the comparison here)

My friend Yoav Gelbfish of the Whisky Gospel blog has shared the three samples of the peated series with me, and I thank him for that share and point you to his post on this whisky.

AnCnoc Rutter – 11 ppm  (46% ABV, NCF, NC)

Color: Gold, quick legs.

Nose: Vanilla and peat, sour fruit (kiwi and star fruit), highland peat, not maritime.
With water: Spirity, new make-y and some detergent comes through.

Palate: Almost rude on the palate, the young whisky is still there in force. There is no smoothness on the palate, with the sweet notes mixing with the peat.

Linger: Long with mild sweetness for a peated linger, some detergent, but not in an unpleasant way.

This is an interesting whisky, but not one that rises above the “interesting”. Happily, there’s more to wait for with the Flaughter.