Nose: Clean, citrus notes to the fore, with some peat in the background quietly doing its thing, and a smidgen of gingerbread spice.
Palate: Creamy texture, but fresh, focused and precise. The peat comes through but never dominates, leaving a sprightly, zippy malt with green-apple notes.
Finish: Clean, with lingering peat and fresh fruit.
Nose: Mixed candied peel, candied lemon and drizzle cake, but with sharpness behind. Glazed ham touches, with some earthiness and sweet, muddy peat. Fresher fruit develops, with apple skin, sweet apple and pineapple kubes. Some more marine notes - seashells? More sweetshop aromas appear as it sits in the glass, with peat turning to fruit - foam bananas, Refresher style chews (but without the zing). Buttercream comes in towards the end, along with some tarry notes.
Palate: A mineral hit up front - granite and limestone. Sweetness comes in behind along with apple skin and pepper, earthy peat smoke, cinnamon and anise touches. Creaminess with vanilla and a hint of spirit develops as well as some barrel char. With water there is more tar and darkness, minerals and more intensity - liquorice perhaps?
Finish: Sweetness fades to charred oak and some more apple peel. Mineral notes remain.
Colour: AnCnoc Rutter is sparkling gold in appearance.
Nose: Initially very smoky, it quickly unveils the unmistakable AnCnoc character with delicate spices, juicy pineapples, peardrops and gentle vanilla. Rich and warming.
Taste: Full bodied and bursting with peaty richness. Soft undertones of honey, creamy vanilla, toffee and leather are punctuated by the freshness of green apples.