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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)
$79.85

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
61
$30.21

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
7
$93.21

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)
2
$50.13

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
1
$81.89

Knockdhu 8 Year Old 2013 (cask 1) - Infrequent Flyers (Alistair Walker)

70cl, 58.9%

This cracking single malt was distilled at Knockandu in 2008 and filled into a bourbon barrel, where it remained for eight years. In September 2021, the cask was opened by indie bottler Alistair…  More info

Knockdhu 8 Year Old 2013 (cask 1) - Infrequent Flyers (Alistair Walker)

Knockdhu 10 Year Old 2009 (cask 2) - Cask Collection (A.D. Rattray)

70cl, 52.7%

From Speyside's Knockdhu comes this 10 Year Old single malt! It was distilled in April 2009, and then left to rest in a single bourbon hogshead for the following decade. Finally, in September 2019…  More info

Knockdhu 10 Year Old 2009 (cask 2) - Cask Collection (A.D. Rattray)

anCnoc 16 Year Old Cask Strength

70cl, 56.3%

One of two bottlings released to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Knockdhu Distillery, anCnoc 16 Year Old Cask Strength was matured in American oak ex-bourbon casks and bottled at a cask strength…  More info

anCnoc 16 Year Old Cask Strength

anCnoc 35 Year Old Limited Edition - 2nd Release

70cl, 41%

The second release of anCnoc 35 Year Old single malt from the Knockdhu distillery, drawn from American oak ex-bourbon barrels. The first release was a marvellous expression indeed, so we're expecting…  More info

anCnoc 35 Year Old Limited Edition - 2nd Release

Knockdhu 8 Year Old 2009 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

70cl, 46%

An 8 year old single malt from Knockdhu (you may be more familiar with their anCnoc range, which is the name their official releases bare), independently bottled by Càrn Mòr. This was drawn from a…  More info

Knockdhu 8 Year Old 2009 - Strictly Limited (Càrn Mòr)

Knockdhu 10 Year Old 2006 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

70cl, 56.5%

Independently bottled single malt from the Knockdhu is a rarity indeed - so grab one of these before they're all gone! This is a 10 year old Knockdhu, bottled by WM Cadenhead for their Small Batch…  More info

Knockdhu 10 Year Old 2006 - Small Batch (WM Cadenhead)

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

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)

anCnoc 1975 (bottled 2014)

70cl, 44.2%

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)

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 Blas

70cl, 54%

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

anCnoc Blas
$51.17

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 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 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 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

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 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

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 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

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)

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