Quite a lot of good issues could be mentioned about Nc’Nean. The natural certification, climate-neutral operations, the gorgeous packaging… Now all they want is time for my part. Time to spherical off the tough edges of the spirit, and time to make use of much less aggressive casks. See my evaluate of their first Nc’nean Natural Whisky.
Quiet Rebels is a sequence of seasonal releases. It’s in regards to the individuals who make Nc’nean and the primary one refers to Annabel, the founding father of the distillery. She picked a mixture of ex-bourbon and ex-Tokaji barrels, which she loves for the candy and velvety texture. There was some STR and PX sherry within the combine as nicely.
The opposite one is an AON launch (Gaelic for One), their first single cask launch so far as I can inform. It’s unique to Kirsch Import in Germany. Apparently that is mentioned to be a Cream sherry cask.
Nc’nean Quiet Rebels: Annabel (48,5%, OB 2022, 4504 btl.)
Nostril: the Tokaji has left its mark. That is fruitier and sweeter than different releases – extra advanced too. Honey and mead, with melons and sugar loaf bread. There’s a greener natural be aware with some wooden beneath, in addition to pickly ginger and mint. Younger however the Tokaji actually provides depth.
Mouth: plenty of contemporary and punchy wooden now, with loads of gingery notes, white pepper and nutmeg. Almond cookies, candy coconut and peach within the background. Pears and melons. Then natural notes and a grainy sharpness set in, with an alcoholic edge. Cocoa notes in direction of the tip.
End: medium lengthy, with some tannins, ginger, citrus and chocolate.
The Tokaji adjusts the sharpness somewhat, however not fully. It’s somewhat tough nevertheless it’s clear that this sort of cask works nicely. The introduction value was € 80 however now it’s solely out there from flipping retailers, at a a lot larger value.
Nc’nean AON 4 yo 2017 (59,6%, OB for Kirsch Import 2021, first fill Cream Sherry hogshead #17-257, 308 btl.)
Nostril: lively wooden once more, with some oak and pine wooden char up entrance. Then Christmas spice with pink plum jam and raisins. Gingerbread and muscovado sugar. Orange liqueur. A properly clear sherry character however you must get previous the marginally plankish notes first.
Mouth: darker sherry now, with each chocolate notes and natural parts. Additionally black peppercorns and clove, in addition to some espresso notes and burnt caramel. Liquorice and walnuts. Later some metallic notes too.
End: lengthy, on darkish chocolate, darkish fruits, oak char and low.
For a younger malt, that is fairly good once more. Sherry fits this spirit. Nonetheless the steadiness isn’t fairly good at this age. In some way that is seen as collectible (flippable) whisky, being the primary single cask and all that. Good to attempt in case you have an opportunity, however I’ll wait to purchase full bottles. Rating: 84/100