blas-1anCnoc Blas

Blas, Gaelic for ‘taste’, has been created in partnership with Scottish fashion designer Patrick Grant.  The unique bottle and tube design embodies everything anCnoc represents; its Highland home, rich heritage and the spirit of A Modern Tradition.

This Limited Edition expression has matured in Spanish and American oak, and has been bottled in its most natural form, neither chill-filtered nor coloured.

Colour : Golden honey.
Nose : Densely sweet and fruity, with notes of lemon and candied orange peel. Tones of bitter chocolate and vanilla add complexity and weight.
Taste – Full-bodied and oily. The initial burst of warm lemon tart is followed by notes of rum raisins and dark chocolate. A hint of freshly cut grass adds freshness and balance. The finish is long and satisfying with a bitter-sweet cocoa aftertaste.

ABV 54% vol. 70cl

From the anCnoc website

Review

The Knockdhu Distillery is situated in the small village of Knock, by Huntly in Aberdeenshire. They have collaborated with the Great British Sewing Bee’s Patrick Grant for Blas – well, for the striking design on the bottle at least.

Nose
Citrus, Christmas spices, Vanilla and Caramel. Warm and sweet.

Palate
Warm spices, sweet butter, apple pie, lemon bonbons, fresh cut grass, slight chocolate stout at the end. Oily but fresh.

anCnoc Blas

Finish
Lemon punch with spiciness and medium dry bitterness.

anCnoc Blas

Overall

The label design does a good job of capturing the flavours inside the bottle. The greens for the grass, the oranges and yellows for the citrus edge. Fortunately, the pair of boots on the label are omitted from Blas’ flavour. It’s satisfyingly straightforward, fresh and with the right combination of spices that you’d happily mix into your coffee (nutmeg / cinnamon). Delicious.

The usual online whisky shops have this for sale for between £46 and £49. Thank you to Natalie at Tin Man for the review sample.