It was such a long time I wanted to go to that place. Even if they have a second branch here in Sopot, I wanted to see the original one, where it all started. It’s located in Jastrzębia Góra, very close to Władysławowo. A town who got the visit of Michel Platini recently.
The place is very cosy, comfortable, and at the time I was there, quiet enough, even though lot of tourists were entering the premises just to take pictures or look around, not even to drink some whiskeys.
I think they have nearly 1000 kind of whiskeys, from the most basic one to the most exclusive. You could spend a whole year in that place just trying 2 or 3 whiskey a day! Amazing. And you can buy any bootle they have, at a normal price. Quite nice.
I think that it would be so nice to have all those bottles in my place. I don’t know yet if they are any nice, but at least the bottles are. It looks like it’s just the same whiskey but aged in different casks. That’s perfect to find out the influence of one type of cask on a whisky.
And there… I never saw a whiskey over 45% before today. I’m not a big connoisseur of whiskeys. But some of them are just over 60%! That’s strong, very strong. I wonder if with that much alcohol you can still appreciate the whiskey. I need to try one of those as well… I told you, I think that I would need few years to try all the whiskeys I would like to.
What I had…
My plan was to compare a An Cnoc whisky 12 years old to a 16 years old one. Unfortunately they didn’t have a 16 years old. So the bartender advised me to take a Knockando, 12 years old – 1992, from the same distiller. And it was a fine advice. I found it a bit more present on the palate than the An Cnoc 12 years old. It’s still not an outstanding whiskey (I find the Yamazaki Single Malt 10 years old much interresting – you can read my review here), but it is really enjoyable.
I told you, I’m not a big connoisseur of whisky. I didn’t try that many, because of few reasons, but I like them when they are a little sweet like this Knockando. I don’t like them too dry or smoked.
The An Cnoc was still very good though. And this one was an old edition, whatever that means. Because I didn’t see any date on it. It was lighter, more fruity, but shorter on the palate.