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.
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 peaty side of Ancnoc. Islay whiskeys are quietly finding themselves a strong opponent, worth the extra asking price.