anCnoc 12 Single Malt Review

AnCnoc 12 years is the basic release from the Knockdhu distillery. Founded in 1893 Knockdhu has changed hands several times over the years, but it wasn’t until they were bought by Inver House that bottlings named after the distillery ceased and the name AnCnoc was born.

In 1993 Inver House changed the bottling names to anCnoc but it wasn’t until 2003, after Inver House was bought by Pacific Spirits, that the AnCnoc 12yo became the baseline official bottling. From that point on various releases have happened and more expensive bottles with bigger age statements have been released along with special editions.

Let’s get to drinkin’!

anCnoc 12 Single Malt – Details and Tasting Notes


Whiskey Details

Style: Single Malt (Scotch)
Region: Highlands
Distiller: Knockdhu

Mash Bill: 100% Malted Barley
Cask: ex-Bourbon
Age: 12 Years
ABV: 43%

anCnoc 12 Single Malt Price: $55*

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“The anCnoc 12-year-old is renowned the world over. Known as a must-have in any whisky drinker’s collection, it’s light and yet complex.” – anCnoc

anCnoc 12 Single Malt Tasting Notes


Graham-like malt, banana, vanilla, honey, dried fruit, cinnamon, light tofffee and vanilla.

Soft, easy and pleasant. Nothin wrong with the aroma.

Malty, dried fruit, vanilla, cinnamon, nuts and a bit of char and banana chips.

Not a super complex palate, but what’s there is nice and warm.

Medium -> Fruity and malty slight char

Well balanced, medium body, warm light feel.

anCnoc 12 Single Malt – Overall Thoughts and Score

A well done, but fairly standard malt, nothing to get too excited about, but nothing at all to dislike. No off notes, no harshness, but not complex or deep. Just a good, slightly above average, easy drinking malt with a very subtle smoke to it. And I mean s u b t l e.

Sometimes I pick it up, sometimes I don’t. In a way it’s kind of fun to get that smoky surprise now and then, but when I grab something looking for that smoke, I want it to be there so it’s not what I’d call a reliable profile. Though that doesn’t stop the anCnoc 12 from being a great utilitarian whisky.

It’s sippable, it’s mixable, it’s easy to crack open and share with guests when you don’t want to get into the really good stuff… it’s a table whisky. And that’s not a bad thing. We all need a decent table whisky in our cuppboards. And if you’re looking for one, give the anCnoc 12 Single Malt a shot!

SCORE: 3/5 (above average, worth checking out ~ B- | 80-82)

*Disclosure: The bottle for this Scotch review was graciously sent to me by the company without obligation. The views, opinions, and tasting notes are 100% my own.

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