Yesterday the guys from the Edinburgh Whisky Blog hosted another Twitter Tasting, together with the anCnoc Distillery. anCnoc is preparing the release of a new 35 year old whisky, later this year (probably after summer).
This tasting was not open for public entry, unfortunately for a lot of people, and I feel truly blessed to have been part of it!
It starts with a light sweetness with a hint of wood, but very quickly the real character pops op. I get big hints of sticky toffee pudding with baked apple and some cinnamon. There are also scents of waxed leather and lacquered wooden furniture. If I am very careful, I get a snuffed candle.
It starts with honeyed sweetness and fruit, like a very nice Christmas cake. Sticky Toffee pudding again, but there is also a layer of nuttiness, brazil nuts (paranoten in Dutch).
The finish is long, very long. I get bitter chocolate. Orange peels boiled in syrup. Mixed nuts and raisins, and some wood to round it all off. Afterwards you get a slight fizzyness which leaves a slight but perfect dryness.
This is one fine dram. I am always worried about being a bit over enthousiastic after such a nice and exclusive tasting, but in this case I simply know it is justified. An absolutely terrific dram. Very smooth, but heaps and heaps flavour and complexity.
anCnoc 35 years old, 43% (at this moment, this can change a little bit before bottling).
Overal experience: 10
Total: 39 points