I had the pleasure of participating in the 2/24/2011 #anCnoc Twitter tasting, hosted by @EdinburghWhisky and anCnoc. This second sample of the flagship 16-year was my least-favorite, although it shows ample maturity and smoothness, it doesn’t stand out among similar Speysides. The 16-year-old expression is aged in only second-fill bourbon casks.
(Twitter tasting – 50ml sample courtesy of anCnoc (Knockdhu distillery) – 2/24/2011 #anCnoc twitter tasting)
Nose: The 16 is more subdued than the 12 year – fruits are cooked or jammed. Toffee and vanilla more in the front. Grassy. Hazelnut or praline ice cream? Water makes nose too subdued.
Body: There is an unctuous thick mouthfeel. Creamy and silky. Feels much older than it is. Water thins out the body too much.
Palate: Big on the hazelnuts. Light-roast coffee. Sweetened cream. Some cooked fruits in the background: cherry cordial. Other tasters found black pepper/tea/tobacco. Water brings out the sweet bourbon-oak character, perhaps a little too much.
Finish is big on the vanilla and drying oak and is quite long, leaving lingering black pepper behind.
Very nice after-dinner. Desserty but robust. Not too sweet or cloying. Complex and with interesting spice and off-fruit notes. Not a great deal of depth, but contemplative.