Once known as Knockdhu, this Highland distillery was purchased by Inver House, where they quickly set about establishing a brand for their first Scotch whisky distillery. It was felt, by the owner, that the distillery name was too confusingly similar to Speyside distillery Knockando, and so anCnoc - meaning black hill was chosen as the brand to represent its single malt. This distillery is well known for producing rather light and fruity malt whisky, however, under its new name and ownership the distillery has been releasing peated spirit as part of its newer collections. The peaty range comprises of several whiskies, all of which are named after peat-cutting tools and each one varies in age and phenol content. This whisky is called Rascan, which is a tool that is used to break up the top level of rough ground and prepare the land for peat harvesting. It clears the heather turf to expose the peat used to produce this whisky.
Nose - An initial honey sweetness followed by green apples and the accents of oranges and lemons so typical of anCnoc.
Palate - 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.
Finish - Floral yet pleasantly smoky.