anCnoc ‘Stack’, Peated Single Malt Scotch Whisky

700 ml, 46% abv, Scotland (Highland)

The term ‘stack’ refers to the last step in the gathering process, where the peat blocks are stored together to dry ahead of being burnt.

Matured for more than 10 years in American oak ex-bourbon barrels, Stack has a full-bodied smoky finish owing to its phenol content of 20 ppm.

A limited edition of just 6,000 bottles released worldwide.

Description

The liquid, which is pale gold in appearance, introduced by an initial smoky aroma, is gently pierced by accents of lemons and oranges. This citrus sharpness, so typical of anCnoc, slowly gives way to the softer sweetness of honey and vanilla. Earthy peat smoke is overlaid with dark chocolate while green apples complement this with a fruity tang.

“Medium long finish. Sweeter again now. A touch of sweet oaky notes. Vanilla, caramel sauce, honey and grilled marshmallows. More and more honey actually, with added nuts” (whiskysaga.com)