anCnoc Takes a Trip to the Dark Side with New Peated Collection
anCnoc Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky is inviting drinkers to find their 'peaty side' this year as the contemporary single malt launches an intriguing new collection of limited edition peated whiskies for the global market.
Aiming to unravel the mysteries of peated whisky for modern drinkers, this new collection from the Knockdhu Distillery will feature anCnoc's classic light, easy-drinking style but with a dark, distinctive and smoky twist.
The first three releases in the collection were unveiled at a launch event in Glasgow last night (Wednesday 26th March), with the anCnoc team treating guests to tastings of each new single malt, alongside an inspiring mix of peaty experiences.
A menu inspired by anCnoc's new dark side was created for the event by rising Scottish food experimentalists Jelly&Gin, with jars of edible peat bog, copper rivet lollipops and clouds of anCnoc smoke delighting guests on the night. A living peat bog was even transported to the venue for the occasion.
The expressions in anCnoc's new peated collection are named in honour of the traditional tools used to cut peat, with 'Rutter' and 'Flaughter' unveiled for the UK and Global markets and 'Tushkar' released exclusively for Sweden.
Each new release will also display its own varying phenol content in parts per million (ppm) to indicate just how peated the whisky inside the bottle is, aiming to help drinkers find a peaty level to suit their palate.
Inspiration for the new peated collection comes from anCnoc's 120 year history, which reveals that the very first whiskies crafted at Knockdhu had a peaty edge, thanks to the distillery's location in the heart of some of Scotland's most fertile peat land.
Official Tasting Notes
Rutter (11.0ppm): sparkling gold in appearance, initially smoky on the nose giving way to spices, pineapples, pear drops and vanilla A full-bodied peaty richness to taste but with undertones of set honey, vanilla, toffee and leather, punctuated by green apples, giving way to a smoky peaty finish.
Flaughter (14.8ppm) pale gold in appearance a warm smokiness with spice, ash and surprising fruit on the nose. Distinctly smoky to taste with a fruity long-lasting finish.
Tushkar (15.0ppm): polished gold in appearance with a rich sweet honey and vanilla nose wrapped in a veil of warm peat smoke, pierced by overtones of fresh green apples, orange peel and cut spring flowers. Rich, full-bodied wood smoke to taste, opening up to exotic spices, runny honey, toffee sweetness and a hint of freshly squeezed lemons.
The packaging of the new collection represents a dark and striking alternative look for anCnoc, with each green glass bottle featuring a glistering illustration of a traditional peat cutting tool on an eye-catching black label.
The whiskies will be available through independent and specialist retailers from April and will sit alongside anCnoc's core range. They are bottled at 46%ABV and in their most natural state-neither chill-filtered nor coloured.