anCnoc 12 Year Old Review


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Type – Single Malt

Age – 12 Year Old

Location – Highland

Casks – ex-Bourbon(?)

Price – £29.90

Taste Profile

Smokiness – 0/5

Fruitiness – 4/5

Oakiness – 3.5/5

Spiciness – 2/5

Boldness – 2.5/5

S&S Rating



Taste – 3.5/5

Nose – 3/5

Value – 4.5/5

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What do we think of this whisky?

The more you try this Highland scotch the more you discover. anCnoc have created a real session scotch here with this 12 year old. As soon as you pop the cork you get distinct sweet aromas of almost banana and vanilla. It’s not clear which casks are used but the smell would indicate ex-bourbon casks, which are commonly used by scotch makers anyway. It’s a light whisky but not bland. The taste is slightly fruity with perhaps a bit of elderflower, partly matching the aroma. It doesn’t have a spice levels of other Highland scotches but this makes it a little more distinct.

This is a whisky you could quite happily sit back and enjoy with mates over a long afternoon/evening. If you’re into deep flavour or peaty whiskies this is perhaps not for you but for those interested in lighter scotches that don’t compromise on flavour this is a must have.

Should I add ice or water?

It’s a light whisky so it’s best not to dilute this. That being said, a bit of ice would add to the refreshing-ness of this product. Just don’t let the ice melt too much.


What music genres pair well with this whisky?

Funk, Soul, Acoustic 

What album have we chosen for this whisky?

When we think about the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, we think about being gathered in your garden around a BBQ on hot summers day. By The Way as an album has a nice ‘clean’ sound that all can enjoy and fits that setting. We think that this pairs nicely with lightness of anCnoc’s 12 year old highland scotch as you could quite easily enjoy this over a warm afternoon. ‘Can’t Stop’ is definitely the stand out track on this album.


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