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Knockdhu

In 1892, John Morrison purchased the Knock Estate and farm. Shortly after, he uncovered a spring on Knock Hill’s southern slopes. He found the water to have a superb flavour and sent it to a Distiller’s Company Limited-owned Laboratory in Edinburgh for evaluation. They confirmed the water was indeed of outstanding quality and put up an offer for the site. Morrison gladly accepted. The Knockdhu distillery was built in May of 1893 and designed by the Elgin-based architects Gordon and Macbey.

The distillery was the first to be built by Distillers Company Ltd. The water is piped from Knock Hill to the distillery and also to those living in the local village, though today five other water sources are used in supplement as well as that from the Ternemney Brook, which proffers the distillery’s cooling water. The capacity is small; the distillery’s pair of stills produce around 900,000 litres yearly. Today, none of the whisky is bottled as Knockdhu single malt. Rather as anCnoc. The name anCnoc was chosen as the current owners, Inver House, deemed Knockdhu too similar to Knockando and relabelled it to avoid confusion. Despite being small, the Knockdhu whisky distillery boasts large onsite storage facilities; its five warehouses have space for 7,600 casks.

In 1930, Knockdhu was transferred to the hands of Scottish Malt Distillers, who closed it a year later. The distillery then reopened in 1933, but closed for the Second World War. During this time the buildings were used to accommodate soldiers from India. Inver House acquired the distillery in 1988 and two years later released the first official bottling. A further three years passed and the first bottling of anCnoc was released. Inver House were, in turn, acquired in 2001 for £124 million. In 2006, Inver House became a subsidiary of Thai Beverages Plc. Knockdhu whisky is distilled from unpeated malt, though fo several weeks each year a lightly peated malt of 22ppm is used. Independent releases are nigh on impossible to find.

Knockdhu Whisky Distillery

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About Knockdhu Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01466 771223

Distillery Founded

1893

Distillery Capacity

900 000 litres

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Owner

Inver House Distillers

Distillery Address

Knock, Banffshire

Distillery Website

www.ancnoc.com

1893

Distillers Company Limited (DCL) starts construction of the distillery which is named Knockdhu. Architects are Gordon & Macbey from Elgin.

1894

Production starts in October.

1924

Management of the distillery is transferred to Distillers Agency.

1930

Scottish Malt Distillers (SMD) takes over production.

1931

The distillery closes.

1933

The distillery opens up again.

1983

The distillery closes in March.

1988

Inver House buys the distillery from United Distillers.

1989

Production restarts on 6th February.

1990

First official bottling of Knockdhu.

1993

First official bottling of An Cnoc, the new name to avoid confusion with Knockando.

2001

Pacific Spirits (Great Oriole Group) purchases Inver House Distillers at a price of

2003

Reintroduction of An Cnoc 12 years, with new, contemporary packaging.

2004

A 14 year old from 1990 is launched.

2005

Two limited editions, a 30 year old from 1975 and a 14 year old from 1991 are launched.

2006

InverHouse changes owners when International Beverage Holdings acquires Pacific Spirits UK.

2007

anCnoc 1993 is released.

2008

anCnoc 16 year old is released.

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anCnoc 12 Year Old
(70cl, 40%)
Knockdhu renamed their whiskies anCnoc to avoid confusion with the nearby Knockando distillery. This 12 year old exhibits a gentle, non-sherried style of whisky.  More info
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$45.89
anCnoc 22 Year Old
(70cl, 46%)
This is a brand-spanking-new anCnoc, distilled at the Knockdhu distillery and aged in both American bourbon casks and Spanish oak Oloroso sherry-seasoned casks for a period of 22 years. Very rich and...  More info
$137.37
anCnoc 1999
(70cl, 46%)
The 1999 vintage of anCnoc single malt Scotch whisky from the Knockdhu distillery comes from carefully selected sherry and bourbon cask and is bottled without chill-filtering or colouring. It's just...  More info
$92.54
The fourth release in the series of anCnoc Highland single malt whiskies with great labels drawn by Scottish illustrator Peter Arkle. It features the warehouses at Knockdhu, with brick walls that...  More info
$92.54
anCnoc 16 Year Old
(70cl, 46%)
The Knockdhu distillery started bottling their whiskies under the anCnoc label, to help avoid confusion with the Knockando distillery. This was matured for 16 years in bourbon barrels.  More info
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$111.40
A special limited edition bottling from anCnoc, this 35 year old bottling retains a youthful edge, although it has benefited from its time in the wood.  More info
$363.19
This is the second releases of a series of limited editions from the Knockdhu distillery in collaboration with Scottish illustrator Peter Arkle.  More info
$86.02
anCnoc Flaughter
(70cl, 46%)
The peatier of the two first releases from the anCnoc Peaty Collection by Knockdhu distillery, the Flaughter is named after a spade used to take off the top layer of peat, which is usually richer and...  More info
$86.06
anCnoc Rutter
(70cl, 46%)
Distilled by Knockdhu in the Highlands, this is a peated anCnoc single malt Scotch whisky, one of the first from a new collection of peaty expressions made by the distillery. Peated to a level of 11.0...  More info
$86.06
Scottish illustrator Peter Arkle created this striking label for this lovely limited-edition bottling from the Knockdhu whisky disillery. Kudos Peter.  More info
$92.54
anCnoc 1998
(70cl, 46%)
The An Cnoc 1998 is a limited release for 2012 from the Knockdhu distillery. This whisky possesses great drinkability and would make an excellent pre-dinner drink.  More info
$81.37
Knockdhu renamed their whiskies anCnoc to avoid confusion with the nearby Knockando distillery. This 12 year old exhibits a gentle, non-sherried Speyside style of whisky. This gift pack comes with two...  More info
$68.43
anCnoc 1994
(70cl, 46%)
A bourbon matured single malt from Knockdhu, distilled in 1994. The whisky is bottled under the name anCnoc, to avoid confusion with whisky from the Knockando distillery.  More info
$58.12
This single malt from Knockdhu was distilled in 1975 and bottled in September 2005. A great 30 year old anCnoc, at a higher strength.  More info
anCnoc 1993
(70cl, 46%)
Distilled in 1993, the year that Knockdhu started labelling its whiskies anCnoc, and bottled in March of 2007.  More info
anCnoc 1990
(70cl, 46%)
A 14 year old bottling from the Knockdhu distillery, bottled in 2004. It was in 1993 that Knockdhu started bottling their single malt under the anCnoc label.  More info
A 10 year old Knockdhu distilled in 1994 and bottled in 2005.  More info
$49.05
anCnoc 1996
(70cl, 46%)
Distilled at Knockdhu in 1996, this was bottled as anCnoc in 2011, and it offers a lovely creamy, fruity flavour, thanks to its maturation in top quality bourbon barrels.  More info

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