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anCnoc 12 Year Old

(70cl, 40%)

anCnoc 12 Year Old

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anCnoc 12 Bottling Note

Knockdhu renamed their whiskies anCnoc to avoid confusion with the nearby Knockando distillery. This 12 year old exhibits a gentle, non-sherried style of whisky.

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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Aromatic, quite robust. Honeysuckle, fresh flowers, cereals, barley.

Palate: Medium, good sweetness. Madeira, winter spices, mocha, Crème de Cacao, herbal hints and toasted granary bread.

Finish: Medium length, great interplay between oak and barley.

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anCnoc 12 Year Old Reviews

A worthy lighter tasting single malt.

One of my favorite oaked single malts. Kind of reminds me of Macallan 15 year old oak barrel single malt. For those who want a lighter alternative to sherry casked single malts, this is a worthy alternative at a very reasonable price.

26th September 2020

An excellent single malt.

A well balanced single malt fits to anytime. I really like it. Is it only me get an aroma of sandalwood ......? Whatsoever I give 4.5 stars for this nice whisky.

24th September 2020

The beauty of taste is with the beholder.

Having paddled a canoe through the Knockando Rapids 2 years ago and not making time to visit the distillery I purchased a bottle to celebrate the trip lower down the river.
My preferred tipple is malt whiskey above anything else with Ancnoc being a permanent fixture in my home. I should drink it with a little more reserve than I do but .....

16th June 2020

Very smooth and balanced

Very smooth and flavourful. It's a cut above the standard malts available at this price. I will be buying again.

6th June 2020

Buy more when I see.

Very good whiskey. I bought it in Ukraine, in Kiev several times. The price is normal. Great taste.

15th February 2020

Decidedly average

I've had this whisky in the past and I seem to remember had more 'ooomph'. It's still pleasant enough and very easy drinking - plenty of fruit (I got pineapple!), vanilla and honey - but not as good as I remember it. It may have been 46% in the past? I suppose for the price it's fair enough but I think when this bottle's finished there will be no more.

2nd February 2020

Like coming home

To the two children who posted the previous comments, you have my sympathy and I sincerely hope that in time, you learn to appreciate single malt whisky. This is clean, elegant, sophisticated. The moment I tasted it, the image appeared in my mind of a small gathering of native Gaelic speakers sitting around an open fire, the remains of a freshly-caught salmon in the background, with a clarsach gently playing in the background.
Ancnoc is single malt whisky for grown-ups. For people who don’t use an “old fashioned” to drink it. Or say, “on the rocks”. For those who have no idea what “Spring Break” is. This is the first time I have ever given a 5 star rating to a whisky on this site.

23rd November 2019

This is the PERFECT whisky ... TO AVOID!

Watery, boring, weak, completely uninteresting. All in all, cheap garbage. I suppose if thats your thing then this is the whisky for you. But if you want flavour, and body, 100% avoid this one. This is apparently overrated by many, I dont understand it. Jim Murray "HIGHLY" recommends this stuff which is why I do not take him serious, he's about as overrated as this whisky. The only "good" thing about the Ancnoc 12 is that every whisky you have after it, will taste 10 times better than otherwise.. including cheap blends!

19th November 2019

P*ss fact more so than Highland Park 12.Utter waste of £31..would rather drink cat p*ss!

5th November 2019

Perfectly Balanced

So delicate and easy to drink. Like real Highland honey!

7th June 2019

Every day drinker

Sweet on the nose with subtle hints of green apple. Looking slightly deeper I find a cinnamon barrel spice with hints of vanilla. The initial taste is spicey and peppery which smoothly develops into a sweet honey. The journey it takes after that is to a nice dry finish and settles with hints of tabacco . Great every day drinker.

12th April 2019

Fresh, very well balanced

I thought the flavours and balance of this whisky were superb. Floral nose, with sweetness and toasted notes on the palate. Finish is medium with lovely malt and spice developing. A great whisky, with excellent balance and subtlety of flavour and for the price, easily five stars.

7th April 2019

Great nonfiltered dram

Fantastic dram with the oily texture so pleasing in spirits such as Aberlour A’bundach. I have this on my bar next to several other fine 12 yr bottles such as Highland Park and I keep reaching for Ancnoc.

20th January 2019


Very good rastreamento!
Almond, fresh tobacco and little bit of honey.

6th January 2019

Value for money

Very smooth, I find it nutty. For the price this is excellent !

27th March 2018

Agressive throat whiskey.

Love the kick. A must for those who like a tingle in the throat.

9th August 2017

Session Malt

Ideal for a beginner, a must for an expert. This is a great go to malt, good for getting your palate in tune. Sweet....touch of apple and malt richness. For the money you cannot go wrong. Very pleasent indeed and a dribble of water really improves it.

21st May 2017

gossamer filament of smoke

It's too easy to drink. No need to exhale any burn because there is none, it just settles on your tongue, enjoy the vapors, the scent, kind of mild, not overly sweet. Bottle disappears too quickly. I'm too much a novice in these matters to identify the subtleties and interplays noted above yet I think I can tell smoky from sweet and though I prefer sweeter, when I want just a whisper of a scent smokier, I prefer this. Ergo, this is my second favorite scotch. It's usually marked up by about ten dollars though as I have yet to find it in a large chain grocery store.

30th April 2017

Economical Scotch

Great bang for your buck

6th January 2017


Smooth - very enjoyable, went down easily. Surprisingly gentle flavour which had to be followed by a second just to make sure!

26th December 2016

Good stuff

A very good whiskey, very inoffensive but not at all dull. Nice subtle flavours that dance around both in the taste and finish. At the price it's excellent value.

23rd December 2016

Very nice

This is an excellent highland whisky and a good example of the style. Non chill filtered and natural color and bottled at 43% give this points before tasting but the flavor is fantastic as well. Hints of meadow flowers,lemon peel, honey, sweet barley, and vanilla with some nice mild oak in there too. Fantastic malt really good all around I have Aberfeldy 12 right now as well but this is a little bit better in my opinion. Definitely worth buying again I like this one a lot. Cheers! The Sugarbear

21st October 2016

The equal of much more expensive whiskies

Quite bold for a Speyside. Loads of pleasant, sweet notes and really easy to drink. You can spend much more and get way worse!

29th September 2016

John Walker

Light silky smooth, before you know it theres none left

20th September 2016


A great warning whisky with nice hints of spice and wood. You'll struggle to find better for the money

3rd September 2016

wayne c unningham

smooth, elegant, soft yet warm........absolute delight

28th July 2016

Excellent Gift

I got this as a Birthday present and what a gift.
I can't not wait for a cool New England night outside by the fire place to enjoy some more of this gem!

5th July 2016


I don't usually drink whiskey, but I love this one

20th June 2016

Nice find

Excellent warm weather whisky. Light tasting but still full of pleasant hints of honey, lemon, fruits and floral. Can't wait for winter to experience it by the fireplace!

18th May 2016


Lovely. Not getting the medicinal aftertaste others seem to get - rather finding it floral with definite honey notes. Really easy drinking, this could go quickly....

12th May 2016

Best whisky one could get for the price.

This whisky has pretty much everything. Every time I taste it it's a bit different.
Sometimes more lemon-y and grassy, sometimes more creamy and nutty. Banana and vanilla in there as well. Even a bit of peat. All that escorted by a malty, cereal-like taste that is ever present.
Somehow it manages to be both complex and easy drinking. All in all- a jack of all trades at a price that's hard to beat.

8th May 2016

Dangerously Smooth

Ancnoc 12 is almost dreadfully easy to drink. I'd recommend this to anyone who is new to scotch or wants to try. It's quite easy on the nose, yet there's a lovely pull of smokiness that intersects perfectly with the sweet honey and floral combo. It's really a remarkable bouquet with an incredibly fresh aroma.
It's taste is also satisfactory for its woody smokiness that lingers on for a while. It's not hard to pick up on the softly bitter tartness that dances around with the honeysuckle flavoring which is quite a different taste from most honeys.
I'd say this is a great drink for relaxing. It can be enjoyed in the spring and summers, and in the winter it'll remind you of blooms.

12th April 2016


Just a fantastic 12 year old. I am a big fan of the balvenie doublewood and have had true struggles finding another one that can match up to that. Though this is one is not in any way matching up to the doublewood.. it has certainly become my second best choice when it comes to 12 year olds. Just simply FANTASTIC in every way.

4th March 2016

Dangerously impressive

Really impressed. Well balanced, floral and sweet.

It's disappeared already.

13th January 2016

Perilously easy drinking!

This is a lovely whisky: beautiful soft nose of honey and lemons, exceedingly smooth and a (tropical?) fruity finish. It's sweet - even more so with water - but if that's what you fancy at the time, there aren't many better, especially at this price. I paired it with Glasgow's Drygate IPA and it was just the business. But beware - it's perilously easy to drink!

26th September 2015

Testing of anCnoc whisky 12 years old Single Malt

We were three Odd Fellows who tested a bottle of anCnoc 12 Year Old to-day and we enjoyed it very much. It was mild and with an excellant taste of Madeira, spices and bread crumbs.We had some water beside the whisky glasses. The afternoon was very much appreciated.

29th August 2015

nice stuff

had a dram at a friends house,and i thought i was drinking dalwhinnie 15 yr scotch. for a 12 yr old this is very tasty stuff,love to try the 16 yr old.
try this scotch you will not be upset,and for the money you can't go wrong.
stevie g. boston ,ma scotch nut.

12th August 2015

Solid summer dram

Nice for a summer drink out on the porch, thanks to the fruity and floral notes. For the price (a few bucks more than Glenlivet), I felt like I made out like a bandit. I might get their 16 next time for when I have people I like over. I'll also keep Cutty for the people I don't like.

15th July 2015

Христо Данев

Thoroughly impressed!

11th June 2015


Probably the best Scotch I have ever tasted. Smooth and full of flavour

12th May 2015


Superb - and can compete with bottles 3 times its price
Cant go wrong with this whisky. Try it, you wont regret it !!

16th April 2015

Not bad-good for Summer!

This is a well-balanced scotch with a smooth and slightly oily mouthfeel and a pleasant herbal/oaky bouquet. It is definitely light to medium in character, so good for the warmer months. It has a honeyed character with herbal and grassy overtones, with an almost minty aftertaste that lingers and decays into an almost tea-like taste. Overall a very pleasant whisky, though not as rich, or as satisfying, as the Glenmorangie 10 - "light but substantial" sums up its character quite nicely. I didn't taste any medicinal quality whatsoever -I add 1 small ice-cube, let it melt for a couple minutes, and then swirl. I would say this is a great "starter" whisky with its light body, and most similar to the Oban 14, but cheaper!

3rd April 2015

A challenging but substantial whisky

This is a challenging one: bitter, herbal, medicinal. A bit of an odd contrast - light but substantial. There is a nice thickness to the mouthfeel and considerable complexity to the taste and aroma. If you like your whisky straightforward, this may not be the one for you. If you, like myself, like a whisky to challenge you and deliver a natural quality and complexity, this is one you will surely find interesting and enjoyable. This natural complexity and quality is getting rare these days. It seems to me like many popular single malt scotches seem to be somehow diluted, thin and not as good as they used to be. No such problems with this one.

14th February 2015


This to me is lika a three-way between Glenmorangie 10, Dalwhinnie 15 and the great and sadly discontinued Scapa 12.
Let me explain: substance, structure and complexity backbone from the'Morangie 10, honeyed, heathered delicacy and citrus fruit vibrancy form the 'Whinnie 15 and finally a touch of that wonderful now forever gone coal dusty smokiness from the Scapa 12....Mor. 10 also provides the oak in this my free-association mix. All in all a superb malt - An Cnoc 12.

11th November 2014


To me this whisky is like what merging Glenmorangie 10 and Dalwhinnie 15 would be like - the best of both worlds, so to speak: all the complexity and oak-firmness of the'Morangie 10 plus all the honeyed delicacy of the 'Whinnie 15....Can you dig it?...(I can!)

10th November 2014

Роман Україна

Додаю бали

8th November 2014

Роман Україна

Прочитав відгук Евгений из Украины і прикупив бутилочку. Аромат - мед 100%, при чому гречаний. На смак- мякий, з медовим присмаком. Післясмак - короткий. Рекомендую! За таку ціну - один з кращих віскі з регіону Хайланд

8th November 2014

Not a favorite!

I tend to gravitate toward Islay scotches and was given a bottle of this as a gift. Haven't really enjoyed it neat, with ice, or with a splash of water. To me, it has the medicinal quality of an Islay without the sea salt or smoke I enjoy. I find it extremely sour on the palate and so astringent that it sucks all of the moisture out of my mouth. The Ancnoc has a very, very oily mouthfeel. In fairness to the malt, there is a pleasant woodiness and an acceptable aftertaste, but I really struggle at the beginning of every sip, making it something of a chore to get through. The sour grassiness of the spirit might sit well with lovers of IPAs or lowland malts, but I like neither, and so the Ancnoc will probably continue to sit on the shelf unloved.

6th October 2014

Best Regular

I get to purchase this for 35-38 dollars us on a regular basis. This and Monkey Shoulder are the best one bottle a week scotch for the money. old pulteney is second followed by Auchentoshen. I recommend this to the newbie (in addition to Oban 14) as a toe dip into singles. try it and you won't be disappointed. this is very smooth all the way through.

26th September 2014

Underrated classic

Although my flavor profile leans heavily toward peaty, smoky, salty island like lag 16, Talisker 10, and ardbeg oogie, this is a delicate and yet complex malt that is very underrated. It's flavor profile is closest to the glenlivet nadurra, with oak, fruit, vanilla and grass as predominant notes. Soft and smooth, it it's complexity still offers it an air of mystery that leads to try to savor it to find what makes it work. Highly recommended, first rate, inexpensive drama.

13th September 2014


This is a good whisky, very well balanced and flavourful. However, in this price range, the Old Pulteney 12 is more robust. But, this is still lovely and a great summer time dram. Spice, cocoa, fruits and floral notes all seem to come through in time. With water, a good amount of lime. Lovely.

6th September 2014


Flat. That's my view on this malt. Not bad spirit, but not great too. Cask problem. Tastewise not up to par. I will not buy this again.

6th August 2014

Lovely complex malt

toffee apple and flowers on the nose. sweet with to taste with a medium finish of wood and light smoke. very well balanced. a must have!

26th April 2014

Medical/smokey notes

Medical/smokey notes should be included in the tasting notes! If you don't like those - don't buy that whisky. There are subtle but definitely noticeable. I made a mistake and thought that this whisky. In it's own class I guess it's a good buy, it feels refined and well made. But only if you don't mind that medical aftertaste. I do, that's why only three stars from me.

19th April 2014

This is a man's scotch

If you like the more subtle tones of Glenlivet, Glenfiddich, or Glenmorangie (which by the way are great single malts), this might not be the scotch for you. It's got a very hearty flavor that most might not appreciate. But, if you love a good strong oak flavor while still very smooth, this is the scotch for you! Sitting in the hot tub now with a triple neat and loving it!

4th March 2014


This reminds me of jakemans honey and lemon menthol sweets, and that's a good thing. Slightly medicinal, a honey sweetness and a touch of citrus, very nice indeed, certainly a distillery I'll be taking a second look at.

1st March 2014

My first.

The first single malt I ever was recommended to me based on its balance and would say thats accurate after finishing the bottle. I consider the finish to be very crisp, and think there are apple notes in addition to those mentioned by MoM.

17th February 2014

Bad bottle?

Not the worst scotch I ever had, but the slightly medicinal aftertaste was a big turn off. Based on the reviews, perhaps I got a bad batch bottling.

15th February 2014

Stating the obvious

Евгений из Украины - That's easy for you to say!

14th February 2014

Евгений из Украины

Прекрасный солод!!!!!!!!!!
Вкус: мед.
Чистый мед без каких либо нюансов (где там люди видят задымленность и торф не знаю) похож на Dalwhinnie 15, но без хересной нотки, присущей последнему. Один из моих САМЫХ любимых.

23rd June 2013

An Cnoc 12

The tasting note by the chaps at Masters of Malt is very accurate, particularly the honeysuckle, fresh flowers & cereals, it's one of the most floral whiskies I've come across but one thing I would certainly add to that is citrus fruits. Like most people mention it certainly has complexity but I’ve seen a few reviewers now mention smoke but I really don’t how they can say that because I don't get the slightest bit of smokiness. A very nicely balanced, unique & great tasting whisky at the right price, top stuff.

20th May 2013

Very nice, but...

...imagine what it could be minus caramel, non chill-filtered and bottled at 46%. Imagine...x

31st March 2013


Lovely aroma, some deep notes, quite woody, but with a sweet rich undertone. Absolutely delicious taste, similar to a Macallan, or even a richer nectar D'or. Slight smokiness, but no obvious peat. V nice!

9th December 2012

Sweet, Smoky, Delicious

Nice sweetness upon entry. Good malt backbone here. Great smokiness toward the end. Almost like a sweeter, smoky Glenlivet 12--minus the burn.

7th April 2011

A must have

Great complexity, very rewarding dram. There should be a peated version which could beat up Ardbeg!

16th September 2010

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