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