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Knockdhu

Knockdhu Distillery

Region: Speyside, Scotland.

Founded: 1894

Status: Active

Owner: Inver House

Water source: Spring water from Knock Hill

Stills: 1x Wash 1x Spirit

Capacity: 1.7 million litres per annum

Knockdhu Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky is currently bottled under the Gaelic name anCnoc meaning “the hill”.

History:

The distillery was founded in 1893 by John Morrison, who bought the land from the Duke of Fife to produce whisky for Haig’s after several springs on the southern slope of Knock Hill were discovered. The site was also chosen for its proximity to the Knock Station on the Banff branch line of the Great North of Scotland Railway (GNSR) between Aberdeen and Elgin. Not only was the new location convenient to the railway but it was also within a few miles of a district noted both for its barley and inexhaustible source of excellent peat. The distillery was built using local eye grey granite, with two steam heated stills. The two pot stills could turn out 2,500 gallons of spirit per week.[citation needed] It was also the first malt distillery built for the Distillers Company Ltd. It started production in 1894 and remained in continuous operation until 1931, when it was forced to close for a few years due to the economic depression. Wartime restrictions on barley forced a second closure from 1940-1945.

After the war, with the distillery connected to the national grid, the steam powered engine, which had been used since the its founding, was retired in 1947.

Knockdhu was closed in 1983, and was sold to Inver House in 1988, after which production resumed in February 1989. Various bottling ages are available the most popular being 12 years old, there is also an annual vintage bottled around 14–15 years old, a 16-year-old (matured solely in second fill bourbon casks) and a 30-year-old. Previously named Knockdhu after the distillery, the whisky was renamed anCnoc in 1994 to avoid confusion with Knockando.

anCnoc Whisky Reviews:

  • anCnoc 12 Years Old ~ 40% (Inver House) - anCnoc 12 Years Old Speyside single malt scotch whisky 40% ABV, £31 for 70cl Score: 84/100 What they say: The anCnoc 12 year old is renowned the world over. Known as a must-have in any whisky drinker’s collection, it’s light and yet complex. Smooth yet challenging. And each twist and turn delivers a surprise. In […]
  • anCnoc 18 Years Old ~ 46% (Inver House) - Review: anCnoc 18 Years Old Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Knockdhu Distillery Bottling: Official – Inver House Distillers Ltd. ABV: 46% ABV Cost: £79.30 from Master of Malt Score: 83/100 What they say: The anCnoc 18 Year Old has matured in Spanish oak ex-sherry casks and American oak ex-bourbon barrels and has been […]
  • anCnoc 1975 vintage ~ 44.2% (Inver House) - anCnoc 1975 vintage Speyside single malt scotch whisky 44.2% ABV, £300 for 70cl Score: 90/100 What they say: Released in February 2015 this Limited Edition Single Malt was drawn from just three casks at our picturesque Knockdhu Distillery in Huntly.  Distinguished by its bronze tone, anCnoc 1975 Vintage is neither chill-filtered nor coloured and is […]
  • anCnoc-1999-vintage anCnoc 1999 vintage ~ 46% (Inver House) - Review: anCnoc 1999 vintage Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Knockdhu Distillery Bottling: Inver House ABV: 46% Cost: £51.43 from Master of Malt [sold out] What they say: Distilled 1999 anCnoc 1999 has been bottled in its most natural form – neither chill filtered nor coloured. As a result anCnoc 1999 may develop a […]
  • anCnoc 2000 vintage ~ 46% (Inver House) - Review: anCnoc 2000 vintage Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Knockdhu Distillery Bottling: Inver House ABV: 46% ABV Cost: £55 for 70cl Score: 85/100   What they say: anCnoc Vintage 2000 has matured in Spanish oak ex-sherry butts and American oak ex-bourbon barrels and has been bottled in its most natural form, neither chill-filtered […]
  • anCnoc-Vintage-2001 anCnoc 2001 vintage ~ 46% (Inver House) - Review: anCnoc 2001 vintage Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Knockdhu Distillery Bottling: Inver House ABV: 46% Cost: £54.95 from Master of Malt What they say: Distilled 2001 anCnoc Vintage 2001 has matured in Spanish and American oak casks and has been bottled in its most natural form neither chill-filtered nor coloured and as […]
  • ancnoc-22-year-old-whisky anCnoc 22 Years Old ~ 46% (Inver House) - Review: anCnoc 22 Years Old Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Knockdhu Distillery Bottling: Official – Inver House Distillers Ltd. ABV: 46% Cost: £79.99 from Master of Malt What they say: Matured predominately in American oak, ex-bourbon casks as well as Spanish oak, ex-sherry butts, anCnoc 22 Years Old displays complexity and a wealth […]
  • anCnoc-Blas anCnoc Blas ~ 54% (Inver House) - Review: anCnoc Blas Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Knockdhu Distillery Bottling: Official – Inver House Distillers ABV: 54 % Cost: £48.76 from Master of Malt What they say: blas Blas, Gaelic for ‘taste’, has been created in partnership with Scottish fashion designer Patrick Grant.  The unique bottle and tube design embodies everything anCnoc […]
  • anCnoc Cutter ~ 46% (Inver House) - AnCnoc Cutter ~ 46% (Inver House Distillers Ltd.) 46% ABV, RRP £52 for 70cl Score: 83/100 What they say: The latest expression from anCnoc’s collection of limited edition peated malts was unveiled in Edinburgh last night, as whisky enthusiasts gathered under cover of darkness to share a midnight dram of the smoky new single malt. […]
  • anC Peaty Rutter_Both anCnoc Rutter ~ 46% (Inver House) - AnCnoc Rutter ~ 46% (Inver House Distillers Ltd.) 46% ABV, £50 for 70cl Score: 82/100 What they say: Rutter 11.0 ppm [parts per million] The Rutter spade is used to size and separate the peat blocks producing a turf that is slow burning. This peat creates less reek and therefore gives the whisky a more […]
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