Whisky shows seem to be a good litmus test these days to test out whether new products could cement their places in the market ( i.e. the BenRiach Cask Strength Batch 1).
At Whisky Live Singapore, I got to taste the AnCnoc 18 Years Old, the recently unveiled expression that would replace the dearly departed 16 Years old.
On the nose it’s relatively clean sherry with stewed pears and just a touch of minerals, melted toffee with the spices having been balanced rather well here. It’s a very breathable set of appealing aromas indeed.
Full of raisins and sultanas on the palate with a top coating of toffee and peanut sauce. The delivery is a tad flakey, with the oily acidity going up a notch towards the mid-palate. There’s just a hint of dried chilli that comes through.
The oak presents a calming vibe towards the finish but its presence is perhaps a tad too subdued, its subtleness though is paired well with a wee syrup-cured-dried-muscats note.
In Australia, AnCnoc is traditionally underrated and this one may fly under the radar as well, despite being a solid release in my opinion. The departure of the 16 Years Old has made everyone realise just how much the staple dram means to them; this should make those fans even more vocal about their appreciation towards AnCnoc.
[46%・18 Years Old・Original Bottling・General Release]