I had the pleasure of participating in the 2/24/2011 #anCnoc Twitter tasting, hosted by @EdinburghWhisky and anCnoc. This first sample of the entry-level 12 year expression was generally approved-of, with tasters noting many fruits ranging from fresh spring berries to tropical fruits and flowers. The 12-year-old expression is aged in a mix of bourbon and sherry casks. Here are my notes from the event.
(Twitter tasting – 50ml sample courtesy of anCnoc (Knockdhu distillery) – 2/24/2011 #anCnoc twitter tasting)
Nose: First whiff is of raspberries and cream. Lemon meringue. Definitely honeyed. Light and floral. Later, I get a bit of peaches: perhaps peach schnapps. A drop of water revives the nose and pulls out lots of green apple.
Body: Light and unfortunately watery. Upfront are bananas dipped in caramel sauce, developing into dry haw or straw, and finally some bitter notes: not citrus but woody: green sap or freshly-cut pine or birch logs. A dash of water may amp up the sweet honey character.
Finish is initially sweet and caramel-heavy, which fades into honey and those bitter green sap and oak notes, which remain to the end of the medium length finish. Leaves me thinking about a bitter digestif – perhaps a hoppy aftertaste.