A dark and smoky new release has been added to anCnoc’s collection of whiskies named after traditional peat-cutting tools.
Launched this month, Rascan is the fourth global release in the Peaty Collection from Highland distillery Knockdhu. As with all peated malts, on the nose the new expression has plenty of depth and smokiness but also honey sweetness, refreshing green apple and zesty accents of orange and lemon which are typical of anCnoc.
To taste, sweet and spicy notes of vanilla and honey are carried forward at the first sip. Hints of toffee then push through, outlined by subtle spices and a smooth leathery undertone. The finish is floral yet smoky.
Rascan is matured in American oak ex-bourbon barrels for nearly 10 years and has a phenol content of 11.1 parts per million (ppm) – relatively light compared to the likes of Ardbeg and Laphroaig. Its ABV is 46%.
Launching with only 3,000 cases worldwide, it follows the Peaty Collection’s tradition of using dark and striking packaging. A green glass bottle features a black label with foil illustration of a rascan – a tool used for breaking up turf to reach the peat underneath. In retail, the new whisky has the recommended price of £52.
Stephanie Allison, brand manager for anCnoc, said: “It’s been 12 months since the last anCnoc peaty malt was released globally, so we hope that Rascan is received by enthusiasts and collectors with as much excitement as there has been for us producing it.
“Whilst it touches on familiar anCnoc flavour notes of citrus fruits and honey, the fine smoky liquid is decidedly different from the others in the collection and certainly one for peaty fans to try.”