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AnCnoc 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
Tasting note: Pale gold. Caresses the nose with the softest of whisky scents... Almost floral, less the intensity; honey and toasty grains, some fruitiness emerging (baked apple?) Is there a whisper of peat too? Good palate concentration with spices adding presence to the vanillas and grassy malt. Late juicy burst, fading dry and light with cocoa, gentle spices and an understated fruitiness. Very pretty. At the elegant end of the Speyside spectrum. 40% Alc./Vol.
Other reviews… so complex it is frightening…a more complete and confident Speyside malt you are unlikely to find. Shimmers with everything that is great about Scotch Whisky… always a reliable dram, but this is stupendous. 94.5 points - Jim Murrays Whisky Bible 2012
Colour: straw. Nose: I like this kind of fruitiness quite a lot. Imagine a good dose of stewed apples, topped with a honey and caramel sauce and touches of liquorice. Then it becomes more floral (dandelions) as well as obviously malty. A rather perfect all-rounder, as they say. Mouth: pretty much in line with the nose, with the same notes of apple pie, malt, barley sugar, light honey and liquorice (that gives it a faintly smoky/bitter profile). Caramel. Finish: medium, with more liquorice. Comments: it makes me think of some high-range blend. Easy and very good in my opinion.
84 points - Serge Valentin, whiskyfun.com