Product Launch - GLOBAL: Inver House Distillers' anCnoc Cutter
Inver House Distillers' anCnoc Cutter
Inver House Distillers' anCnoc Cutter
Category - Spirits, whisky, Scotch, single malt, 46% abv
Available - From today, 1 September
Location - Online and through specialist whisky retailers
Price - In UK, RRP of GBP52 (US$86.30) per bottle, limited to 2,000 cases
Inver House Distillers has released the first in a new series of annual, limited edition peated malt whiskies from its anCnoc brand. AnCnoc Cutter has been launched today and is limited to 2,000 cases globally.
Cutter is the brand's most peated expression, and follows the launch of a collection of three peated expressions earlier this year.
Inver House will release an limited edition annual bottling on 1 September every year, going forward.
The latest expression from anCnoc’s collection of limited edition peated malts was unveiled in Edinburgh last night, as whisky enthusiasts gathered under cover of darkness to share a midnight dram of the smoky new single malt.
anCnoc ‘Cutter’ is officially released to the global market today (1st September), but as the clock chimed to greet the 1st September launch date last night, an intimate group of anCnoc friends and fans stayed up late at the city’s Last Word bar to enjoy a first taste and toast the arrival of this much anticipated new release.
anCnoc launched its peated collection earlier this year with three expressions of varying peat strength - ‘Rutter’, ‘Flaughter’ and ‘Tushkar’ - aiming to help drinkers find a peaty dram to suit their palate and to ‘shine a light’ on the dark, enigmatic world of peat.
With drinkers embracing the new collection , the ‘Cutter’ launch marks the start of a new anCnoc tradition which will see a new peated expression unveiled every year on 1st September, alongside a midnight celebration of anCnoc’s dark and mysterious side.
‘Cutter’ is the most peated of anCnoc’s single malts to date, with a phenol content of 20.5 PPM (parts per million). Light gold in appearance, it has an intense, thick and oily smoke structure on the nose which reveals a sharper, more medicinal phenolic layer with a piercing burst of fruity ripe peaches and just a touch of oak. It has an ashy taste, with slight apple-core bitterness and notes of leather and spicy vanilla lingering at the back, accompanied by sharper notes of pink grapefruit and ripe orchard fruits. A long, elegant finish brings a kaleidoscope of spicy and peaty notes that die out with a juicy burst and a loud call for another sip.
The new whisky’s traditional yet contemporary packaging retains the striking dark green glass bottle of the first peated releases but this time features a traditional ‘cutter’ peat tool emblazoned in silver on the pack’s distinctive black label and tube design.
anCnoc Assistant Brand Manager Stephanie Bridge commented: "Given the popularity of anCnoc as a contemporary, easy drinking malt whisky, we are thrilled with the reception our new dark, peaty side has had amongst drinkers since we launched the collection back in April this year. We wanted anCnoc’s peated malts to find their way to the many people out there who love whisky but think that peat is not for them, and initial feedback shows that we are starting to build the appeal of a peated dram amongst our drinkers which is good news.
"We are delighted to have Cutter join this exquisite collection, bringing a slightly smokier, stronger peated option that has all the quality, character and taste that every whisky made at Knockdhu distillery enjoys. The 1st September is now officially anCnoc Peaty day and a date to put in the diaries of whisky fans in years to come."
2000 cases of anCnoc ‘Cutter’will be available online and in specialist and independent UK whisky retailers from 1st September, rrp£52. Cutter is bottled at 46% ABV and in its most natural state – neither chill-filtered nor coloured.
Original source: Company Release
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