anCnoc Peter Arkle 1st Edition
Huge thanks to the guys at an Cnoc, the guys at Edinburgh Whisky Blog and the guys from Alembic Comms Ltd for the opportunity to sample the an Cnoc Peter Arkle 1st Edition as part of a twitter tasting.
Peter Arkle is a reknowned Scottish illustrator based in New York who has worked with some of the worlds biggest brands (Guinness, Nike, and Starbucks are just a few!) He has developed an exclusive range of limited edition designs for anCnoc, of which this is the first, which will be launched throughout 2012 and will be available in the UK, USA, Sweden and selected European markets. Royal Mile Whiskies are proud to be the exclusive UK retailer.
While sipping his anCnoc, Peter found himself considering the ingredients: Yes, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s made from malted barley, spring water (from the nearby Knock Hill), yeast, heat and the passing of a lot of time (ageing in a cask). However thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s another ingredient... something that canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t really be seen: something MAGIC! If you look carefully, you will see that Peter has captured all these ingredients in his design for this pack. The liquid inside is also very special. Selected by the Distillery Manager, Gordon Bruce, this Limited Edition is matured in Spanish oak sherry butts. Traditionally anCnoc is matured in American wood. This gives the whisky a darker colour and notes of dark spices and dried fruits.
Certainly Sherries, powerful, meaty, prunes and dried fruits, a touch of cashew nuts
sweet and subtle with waves of tropical fruitiness, banana, papaya, guava, crushed ginger
pepper and spice lovely coating on the mouth and throat.