Knockdhu Distillery, Knock, Speyside, Scotland
I have here an old critic of a anCnoc which I had the chance to taste in SAQ Signature last year, the Rascan.
This AnCnoc is part of the new range of Knockdhu, a range of particularly peated whiskeys. They are mostly named after traditional peat harvesting tools. In this case, rascan is a kind of rake that was used to remove a layer of grass and heather.
This still peaty whiskey displays a phenol content of up to 11.1ppm and has aged in ex-bourbon casks for "almost a decade", according to the distillery.
As the American actor Eldred Gregory Peck (1916-2003) said so well:
Do you really want to enjoy your garden? Put loose and loose clothes, a big straw hat, have in one hand a rake and in the other a cold drink. Then indicate to the gardener the border that he must dig.
Bright white wine.
Earthy peat and delicious. Campfire going wild, dry pine needles crackling. Salt and washed stone.
Peat, lemon and stone. Sea salt and seaweed. Honey and lozenges for coughing.
Spicy and long, with notes of oak and smoke. Return of the images of the campfire. White pepper.
Another good move on the peat side of AnCnoc. The whiskeys of Islay are quietly discovering an opponent of size, which is worth the asking price and more.