Nose: Grass, hay, star anise, oak, woodspice, honey, lemon lozenges, ginseng, mustard, fennel, and salted butter. Like the 12, this is herbal and vegetal with some exotic spices worked in.
Palate: Light-to-medium bodied. Crisp and fresh. Vanilla, cream, BIG grass, lemongrass, lemon zest, licorice, white pepper, oak, and butter.
Finish: Grass, licorice, curdled milk, faint cumin, fennel, honey, white pepper, woodspice, Frosted Flakes, vanilla ice cream, and faint smoke. At the tail end some more of those exotic Indian spices reappear.
Thoughts: I’m a fan of this one. It comes together as a rounded, complex dram with some serious character. In keeping with the An Cnoc style, there are some lovely, exotic Indian spices in here. Also, there’s a licorice/grass note that I could almost align with a Longmorn. Finally, there’s some spicy heat to this, which gives it a nice edge.
Where the 12 is bizarre and elusive, the 16 is easier to grasp. With the 16 there’s a fuller, richer body and a more tangible, paced arrival. There are also stronger notes of vanilla and cream, with an oakier, more drying finish. In a sense, it’s more conventional (for An Cnoc, that is). And I mean that in a good way. It delivers some of those exotic flavours with more refinement and less noise. However it doesn't deliver the same amount of “adventure” as the 12. But this isn’t dull, either.
*清草, 乾草, 八角, 橡木, 蜂蜜, 檸檬喉糖, 人參, 芥末, 茴香, 奶油, 鹽.
*輕盈的口感, 味道很純淨, 香草, 鮮奶油, 清草, 香茅, 檸檬皮, 甘草, 白胡椒, 橡木, 奶油.
*凝乳, 清草, 甘草, 孜然, 茴香, 蜂蜜, 白胡椒, 香料, 玉米片, 香草, 冰淇淋, 微淡的煙.
*與 AN CNOC 12比起來, AN CNOC 16口味比較平衡,但它們兩款都帶有印度的異國的香料味.我個人比較喜歡AN CNOC 16.