AnCnoc Blas

Yet another sample I have had lying around for a while….

I’ve had my eyes opened to AnCnoc after taking part in a Twitter Tasting quite recently. Not long after I was sent a sample of their new limited edition release, a collaboration with Scottish fashion designer Patrick Grant.

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Patrick Grant. Proper Dapper.
Dapper though he is Mr Grant has designed the packaging and not the whisky itself.

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Blas. Also proper dapper.
Anyway, you should never judge a book by its cover so what are the contents like?

AnCnoc Blas, OB, 54%abv, press sample (available here)


The nose is mainly citrus and honeycomb notes but there is quite a malty and cereal based undertone. A slight sharpness here too with a grapefruit element and an intense florality especially when nosing at cask strength. The palate starts with green fruit and perhaps a ginger chocolate note alongside some gooseberries, leather and grassy notes.  The finish is mildly tannic and drying and has orange, green wood and dark chocolate to finish.

At cask strength I did find this to be quite overpowering. I found it much, much better after the addition of some water.


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