AnCnoc (Knockdhu) "Rascan" 11.1 PPM Peated Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) (Previously $80)

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AnCnoc Rascan is a beautiful Highland peater from the Knockdhu Distillery located in Banffshire. Since its inception in 1894, it has held close to its traditional methods of whisky production (read: never modernized). They still use a steel mashtun and wooden wash backs. Nestled amidst barley fields with an abundant supply of peat and pure springs, it is uniquely situated to create an old style of highland peated whisky. The stills remain identical to the original 1894 design featuring big fat bulbous pots with very tall necks that make for an elegant expression of malt and are perfect for lightly peated whisky. A combination of American and Spanish oak barrels aged within the thick granite walls of old school dunnage warehouses give a very classic wood profile. This release, named after the Rascan tool used in the early stages of traditional peat harvesting, is 11.1ppm and shows mellow gold with an inviting scent of honey, green apples, and citrus. The palate a delightful mingling of honey, vanilla, toffee, subtle spices and a hint of leather. The finish is a pleasant union of floral and smoky notes. Throughout CA this release will typically run you between 70-90 bucks, but we’ve managed to snag the remaining inventory in the state at an insane discount. This whisky has been moved into AnCnoc’s archives, so when this release is gone, it’s gone. 46% ABV.

Price: $29.99

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By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/11/2024 | Send Email
This is a well crafted and delicious single malt. In the nose there is a judicious amount of smoke that adds the secondary aromas but does not dominate and is pretty. In the mouth, it is soft and easy with a little smoke leading to round, juicy and complex flavors. At 46 ABV it is ready to drink and enjoy.

By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/9/2024 | Send Email
When we had a chance to bring in this excellent release, which we happily stocked at $80, for a fraction of the original cost, we had to jump on it. This whisky is top notch quality in an old school style. Most importantly, it tastes great. The aroma is equal parts fruit, malt, and peat. Green apple and lemon peel mingle with roasted malt and complex honeyed granola. The peat, more herbal in character in the highlands than its famous maritime Islay cousin, hits fairly prominently upon the first nosing. With repeated visits to the glass, it fades into a very pleasant background - more of the stage itself upon which the play is performed rather than a key character in the story. Upon tasting the gentle smoke up front parts to reveal more honey and lemon, a touch of nuttiness, a dollop of sweet spices, and a spoonful of vanilla. The finish is super clean - more citrus zest, pie crust, and mellow white smoke. At a respectable 46% ABV, this whisky was a good thing going at $80. At $30 it is the least expensive single malt Scotch on our shelf and delivers quality drinking in a way few others do. Fans of Oban levels of peat, take note.

By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/8/2024 | Send Email
Knockdhu Distillery is so under appreciated. Honestly I blame the sale and marketing side on that one, they've always had trouble carving out a niche and the whole two names things catches people off guard. I've jokingly taken to calling it ANK NOT over the years (it is pronounced A -NOC), but I've done it so frequently I can't stop myself from doing it. Anyway, this was an exciting little release back in 2015 as part of their "Peaty Collection". It was aged entirely in ex-bourbon although it doesn't say they're first or second fill, likely a mixture of both. In any case, it was maybe a bit of a stretch at $80 a bottle (NAS and 46% - especially in 2015 dollars), but this is damn delicious whisky for $30. Let's do it. Pale Gold (0.3). The nose starts very closed and a bit industrial, but a few minutes in the glass and this gorgeous zesty side comes forward - tons of lemon oil, burnt citrus peel, salted fruit, leather. The peat is very round and calm on the nose. ON the palate you have more linear peat, zingy lemon zest, camphor smoke, bits of plasticine and crispy fresh crystal malt. The finish is a bit more billowing bringing back some fruit and salt as well. This is just absolutely crushable whisky and doesn't deserve to be so inexpensive, but we certainly won't stand in the way of a good deal. Stock up now to prevent future regret.

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