#412 • AnCnoc Rascan

46% alc./vol.
Knockdhu Distillery, Knock, Speyside, Scotland

I have here an old review of a anCnoc which I had the chance to taste at SAQ Signature last year, the Rascan.

This AnCnoc is part of the new range of Knockdhu, a range of particularly peaty whiskeys. They are mostly named after traditional peat harvesting tools. In this case, the 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 want to really enjoy your garden? Put on soft, loose clothing, a large straw hat, have a rake in one hand and a frozen drink in the other. Then tell the gardener which flower bed to dig.

Bright white wine.

Nose:
Earthy peat and delicious. Campfire going wild, dry pine needles crackling. Salt and washed stone.

Taste:
Peat, lemon and stone. Sea salt and seaweed. Honey and lozenges for coughing.

Finish:
Spicy and long, with notes of oak and smoke. Return of the images of the campfire. White pepper.

Balance:
Another good move on the peaty side of Ancnoc. Islay whiskeys are quietly finding themselves a strong opponent, worth the extra asking price.

Note: ★★★★★

#373 • AnCnoc Cutter

46% alc./vol.
Knockdhu Distillery, Knock, Speyside, Scotland

Today we are talking about bottling a distillery that has demonstrated innovation in recent years, Knockdhu, with his famous AnCnoc, which takes an unexpected turn here.

AnCnoc is generally known as a fairly mild whiskey, but the distillery recently decided to get their hands on a new line that will add to their portfolio, a dark side, an array of extremely peaty whiskeys. This is no stranger to their history because the bottlings produced in the early days of the distillery benefited from the contribution of local peatlands.

This bottle was named Cutter in honor of a tool specifically designed to harvest peat from shallower and drier layers. Its content strikes at the height of 20.5ppm of phenols

As the French man of letters, novelist, philosopher and politician put it so well Donatien Alphonse François de Sade (1740-1814) said so well:

It is a dark den where loves will isolate themselves to seduce us with more energy.

Another so desaturated that I come to question the relevance of describing the color.

Nose:
Discreet peat, pizza box cardboard printing. Apples, pears and sea salt. Meringue, cream and lemon. Oily smoke, gauze soaked in iodine.

Taste:
Sweet and sweet arrival, drops of dew, flower of salt, honey, pears, grass, peat. Light pink pepper hand in hand with a wet peat block. The smoke fades a little towards the end, just enough to give us a seductive dose of juicy pink grapefruit.

Finish:
Long and slightly spicy with hints of oak, pepper, white chocolate and ashen smoke.

Balance:
Almost perfect balance, another place where Islay could take one or two lessons. Neglecting this traffic jam would be a mistake.

Note: ★ ★ ★ ★