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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.

Knockdhu 8 Year Old 2013 - Single Cask Series (GreatDrams)

50cl, 48.2%

Matured for eight years in a single first-fill Oloroso sherry cask, this spectacular Speysider from Knockdhu is brought to us by GreatDrams, for its Single Cask Series. The whisky was distilled back…  More info

Knockdhu 8 Year Old 2013 - Single Cask Series (GreatDrams)
$80.19

anCnoc Peat

70cl, 46%

A smoky and sweet dram made to mark the 125th anniversary of Knockdhu Distillery. Crafted in order to take the drinker on a “mellow journey from the heart of Banffshire’s rich peatlands”, this…  More info

anCnoc Peat
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$82.24

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
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$30.81

anCnoc 2009 (bottled 2021)

70cl, 46%

A marvellous single malt Scotch whisky from the anCnoc range, distilled back in 2009 and left to age in a combination of Spanish and American oak casks. It was allowed to mature until 2021, when it…  More info

anCnoc 2009 (bottled 2021)
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$50.34

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

anCnoc 1990

anCnoc 30 Year Old 1975

70cl, 50%

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 30 Year Old 1975

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 1993

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

anCnoc 1994

Knockdhu 10 Year Old 1994 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

70cl, 46%

A 10 year old Knockdhu distilled in 1994 and bottled in 2005.  More info

Knockdhu 10 Year Old 1994 - Provenance (Douglas Laing)

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

anCnoc 1996

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)

anCnoc 12 Year Old with 2 Glasses Gift Pack

70cl, 40%

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…  More info

anCnoc 12 Year Old with 2 Glasses Gift Pack

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

70cl, 53.5%

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)

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

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)
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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
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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)

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

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

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
$51.39

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
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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
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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
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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

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
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