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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 for several weeks each year a lightly peated malt of 22ppm is used. Independent releases are nigh on impossible to find.

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

anCnoc 12 Year Old
39
$34.02

anCnoc 35 Year Old - Limited Edition

70cl, 44.30%

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

anCnoc 35 Year Old - Limited Edition
$275.00

anCnoc 1975 (bottled 2014)

70cl, 44.20%

A limited edition 1975 vintage anCnoc single malt Scotch whisky from the Knockdhu distillery. The whisky was drawn from only three casks (Spanish and American oak) and eventually bottled in 2014 with…  More info

anCnoc 1975 (bottled 2014)
$325.16

anCnoc Peatlands

70cl, 46%

anCnoc's Peatlands joined their Peaty Collection in mid-2015, though you're much more likely to find it in Scandinavia and other areas of mainland Europe. It's a lightly peated expression (weighing…  More info

anCnoc Peatlands
$56.36

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

anCnoc 22 Year Old
$88.17

anCnoc 2000

70cl, 46%

anCnoc's selection of vintages grows one bottle bigger! The 2000 vintage anCnoc single malt Scotch whisky was matured in a selection of Spanish oak ex-Sherry butts and American oak ex-bourbon…  More info

anCnoc 2000
3
$64.23

anCnoc Blas

70cl, 54%

Blas means 'taste', and is a limited edition single malt from anCnoc featuring artwork from Patrick Grant.  More info

anCnoc Blas
$53.74

Knockdhu 6 Year Old 2009 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%

A rather rare independent bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Knockdhu distillery, who release their whisky under the name of anCnoc. It was distilled in 2009 and bottled 6 years later in…  More info

Knockdhu 6 Year Old 2009 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)
$40.08

anCnoc 2001

70cl, 46%

A 2001 vintage anCnoc single malt from the excellent Knockdhu distillery matured in second fill American oak casks (barrels and hogsheads) and Spanish oak butts.  More info

anCnoc 2001
1
$60.57

anCnoc 18 Year Old

70cl, 46%

Introduced in the latter half of 2014, the 18 year old anCnoc single malt Scotch whisky from the Knockdhu distillery was matured in a combination of European oak ex-Sherry and American oak ex-bourbon…  More info

anCnoc 18 Year Old
$77.10

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

anCnoc Flaughter
1
$56.59

anCnoc Cutter

70cl, 46%

Not just another drop in the ocean this - they've been busy brewing (and then distilling) alternatives in the form of peated spirit at Knockdhu for a number of years now, with the latest release…  More info

anCnoc Cutter
5
$64.01

anCnoc Peter Arkle Limited Edition - Bricks (3rd Release)

70cl, 46%

Scottish illustrator Peter Arkle created this striking label for this lovely limited-edition bottling from the Knockdhu whisky disillery. Kudos Peter.  More info

anCnoc Peter Arkle Limited Edition - Bricks (3rd Release)
$59.53

anCnoc Rascan

70cl, 46%

A 2015 addition to the range of peated anCnoc single malts, once again with a name reference a traditional peat-harvesting tool. The Rascan has been peated to 11.1 PPM (only just higher than the…  More info

anCnoc Rascan
$57.13

anCnoc Peter Arkle Limited Edition - Warehouse (4th Release)

70cl, 46%

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

anCnoc Peter Arkle Limited Edition - Warehouse (4th Release)
$54.28

anCnoc Black Hill Reserve

100cl, 46%

One of two Travel Retail releases from the anCnoc range launched in the first half of 2015, the Black Hill Reserve is an impressive single malt Scotch whisky which has been allowed to mature in first…  More info

anCnoc Black Hill Reserve
$60.49

anCnoc Barrow

100cl, 46%

Unveiled in the first half of 2015, anCnoc Barrow was originally released for the travel retail market. Another addition to their anCnoc Peaty Collection, Barrow weighs in at 13.5 pmm, and has been…  More info

anCnoc Barrow
1
$74.02

anCnoc Peter Arkle Limited Edition - Luggage (Travel Retail) 1l

100cl, 46%

Another winning combination of anCnoc single malt Scotch whisky from Knockdu distillery and artwork from illustrator Peter Arkle, this time originally released for travel retail. The design shows…  More info

anCnoc Peter Arkle Limited Edition - Luggage (Travel Retail) 1l
$55.37

Knockdhu 10 Year Old 2005 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)

70cl, 53.50%

An independent bottling of single malt Scotch whisky from the Knockdhu distillery - you don't see that very often! This one is a 10 year old single malt, distilled in July 2005 and bottled in August…  More info

Knockdhu 10 Year Old 2005 - A Rare Find (Gleann Mór)
$71.66

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…  More info

anCnoc Rutter
4
$56.72

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

anCnoc 16 Year Old
9
$64.14

anCnoc 24 Year Old

70cl, 46%

24 year old anCnoc single malt Scotch whisky from the Knockdhu distillery up in the Highlands. An expression not often seen on these shores, this is a citrus-forward dram (think lemon peels and…  More info

anCnoc 24 Year Old
$126.70

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

anCnoc 1999
$56.69

anCnoc Peter Arkle Limited Edition - Casks (2nd Release)

70cl, 46%

This is the second releases of a series of limited editions from the Knockdhu distillery in collaboration with Scottish illustrator Peter Arkle.  More info

anCnoc Peter Arkle Limited Edition - Casks (2nd Release)
$56.27

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

anCnoc 1998
$53.41

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