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An Cnoc


AN CNOC         
12 years old
40 %
The Knockdhu Distillery Co, Banffshire

18 years old
46 %             
Limited Edition
Distilled in 1983
Bottled in 2001
Genummerde flessen
700 bottles
The Knockdhu Distillery Co, Banffshire

An Cnoc was first produced in 1894. This fine malt whisky takes its name from the Knock Hill, the source of the pure, crystal Clear water so important in the making of this unique malt. The distillery within a few miles of the fertile farmlands of Moray, a district noted for its barley and supply of peat.

Very pale golden character reminicent of a Chardonnay.
Warming, hints of pear drops introduce subtle notes of herbs and frsh mown hay.
A pleasant tingle to tip of tonque develops into a pronounced oak wood character with a light smoky finish.
14 years old
46 %        
Distilled: 1991

Bottled: 2005
Special Edition Non Chill - Filtered
Knockdhu Distillery Company,

The Knockdhu Distillery nestles under the dark Knock Hill, known to locals by its Gaelic name anCnoc, which provides the source of pure clear spring water for anCnoc Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Since the foundation of the distillery in 1894, the local crofting community has provided a skilled labourforce, who take pride in producing this distinctive malt of outstanding smoothness and quality.

Nose: Medium to high intensity. Slightly woody with hints of vanilla and toffee.
Colour: Rich, golden honey
Taste: Full bodied, slight peatiness, with fruity overtones.

AN  CNOC    
30 years old  
50 %
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distilled 1975
Matured in Spanish and American Oak casks
Bottled 2005
Limited Edition
Non Chill Filtered
The Knockdhu Distillery Company, Aberdeenshire

Established 1894
46 %                                                          

parts  per millions
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Limited Edition
Non chill - filtered
Natural colour
Distilled, Matured and Bottled in
Scotland by
The Knockdhu Distillery Company,

Established 1894
46 %     
Highland malt Scotch Whisky
Limited Edition
Pronounced: ( a - nock)
Exclusive to Travel Retail
Non vhill - filtered
Natural colour
Distilled, matured and bottled
by The Knockdhu Distillery Company,

The Knockdhu Distillery has been regarded as the perfect embodiment of a modern distillery since it opened in 1894

In this spirit of ‘modern tradition’, we have teamed up with renowed Scottish illustrator Peter Arke to produce this Limited Edition release exclusively for Global Travel Retail

There is only one thing more indulgent for the global traveller than a hand – crafted leather
accessory, and that’s a hand – crafted bottle of anCnoc Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
Sometimes they even smell quite similar.

That is why Peter has created this hand – drawn illustration of just such a case to wrap around a Limited Edition bottle of anCnoc. Now that truly is a bespoke creation.

Colour: Golden
Nose: Sweet and spicy with honey and butterscotch
closely followed by oranges and lemons. Rich vanilla
is punctuated by green apples. Subtle hints of leather
and chocolate  float in the background.
Taste: Honey, vanilla chocolate and caramel sweetness
are followed by bright notes of pear – drops, freshly
squeezed lemons and coconut.
The finish is long and sweet with hints of toffee and

Established 1894
46 %
FLAUGHTER  14.8. PPM                                
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Limited Edition
Non chill – filtered
Natural colour
Distilled, Matured and Bottled in
Scotland by
The Knockdhu Distillery Company,

Pronounced: (a – nock)

The Flaughter spade is used to remove the top layer of peat which is richer and more rooty.
This gives a smokier flavor to the whisky, in this case with a PPM of 14.8.

Knockdhu Distillery, established in 1894, is one of the most enchanting in the Scottish Highlands. Bounded by an abundance of natural sources wonderfully suited to whisky making, the distillery lies in the shadow of nearby Knock Hill – home to springs of pure,
clear water – and sits on the doorstep of a region rich in barley and peat.

A natural resource, peat was historically embraced as fuel to fire the still and dry the barley
for the distillation of whisky. It is traditionally cut by hand using several tools including
the Flaughter spade.

Peatiness can be controlled by the amount of peat burnt and the humidity of the barley.
Peat smoke produces chemicals called phenols and it is by its phenol content that a
whisky’s “peatiness” can be measured. This level is known as the PPM (phenol parts
per million).

Colour: Pale gold in appearance. Nose: Initially smoky and ashy. Underneath that, fresh
and intense but remarkably rounded, it flickers with hints of fragrant pipe tobacco,
orchard fruits, brown sugar sweetness and a slight medicinal overtone. An intensely
flavousome, smoky and smooth finish.

Established 1894
46 %
RUTTER  11.0  PPM                                   
Highland Single malt Scotch Whisky
Limited Edition
Non chill – filtered
Natural colour
Distilled, Matured and Bottled in
Scotland by
The Knockdhu Distillery Company,

Pronounced: (a – nock)

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 fragrant
smokiness, in this case, with a PPM of 11.0

Knockdhu Distillery, established in 1894, is one of the most enchanting in the Scottish
Highlands. Bounded by an abundance of natural resources wonderfully suited to whisky
making, the distillery lies in the shadow of nearby Knock Hill – home to springs of pure,
clear water – and sits on the doorstep of a region rich in barley and peat.

A natural resource, peat was historical embraced as fuel to fire the still and dry the barley
for the distillation of whisky. It is traditionally cut by hand using several tools including
the Rutter spade.

Peatiness can be controlled by the amount of peat burnt and the humidity of the barley.
Peat smoke produces chemicals called phenols and it is by its phenol content that
A whisky’s “peatiness”can be measured. This level is known as the PPM (phenol parts
per million).

Colour: sparkling gold in appearance. Nose: initially very smoky, it quickly unveils the
unmistakable an Cnoc character with delicate spices, juicy pineapples, peardrops and
gentle vanilla. Rich and warming. Taste: Full bodied and bursting with peaty richness.
Soft undertones of honey, creamy vanilla, toffee and leather are punctuated by the
freshness of green apples.


AN CNOC   also see The KNOCKDHU

Knock, Banffshire. Licentiehouder: The Knockdhu Distillery Co. Eigenaar: Inver House Distillers Ltd.
Op 29 Oktober 1894 kwam de eerste single malt whisky uit de twee ketels van The Knockdhu.
Het is de enige distilleerderij die door The Distillers Company Ltd, (D.C.L) werd gebouwd, de overige distilleerderijen kwamen in hun bezit door overnames en fusies.
The Knockdhu ligt ten noordoosten van de rivier Isla nabij de Knock Hill, waar ook het water van wordt betrokken.
De single malt whisky van The Knockdhu ging bijna 100 jaar lang op in de blended whiskies van Haig.
Gedurende de twee wereldoorlogen was The Knockdhu gesloten.
In 1940 werd The Knockdhu aangesloten op het electriciteitsnet.
Er waren verbouwingen in de jaren 1950, 1964 en in 1966.
De spoorlijn die langs de distilleerderij liep werd in 1967gesloten.
In 1968 verdwenen de moutvloeren.
Tot 1972 werden de ketels met kolengestookt, daarna verhit met stoom.
The Knockdhu werd in 1983 gesloten.
In Februaru 1988 neemt Inver House The Knockdhu over en na een renovering in 1989 weer opgestart.

Inver House
Publicker Industries Inc, uit de Verenigde Staten introduceerden in 1950 een nieuw blended whisky: Inver House.
In 1965 bouwden zij een eigen graan- en maltdistilleederij met een bottel en blending-complex te Airdrie in de Lowlands
Dit gebouwencomplex staat bekend als Moffat.
Men bracht een single malt whisky uit met de naam Glen Flagler.
In 1973 kocht Inver House Bladnoch maar verkocht deze weer in 1983 aan Arthur Bell & Sons Ltd.
Loch Lomond werd in 1985 overgenomen vanAmalgamated Distilled Products en wat later weer verkocht aan Glen Catrine Bonded Warehouse Ltd.
In 1988 was er een management buy-out.
De graandistilleerderij te Airdrie werd gesloten en Inver House werd van een bulkleverancier een merken leverancier.
In 1988 werd de blend Hankey Bannister gekocht vanI.D.V.
Op 10 November 1989 werd The Knockdhu gekocht vanUnited Distillers Ltd.
In 1992 kwam de blend Catto, afkomstig van I.D.V. in hun bezit.
In Januari 1993 werd Speyburn overgenomen van United Distillers Ltd.

June 2012
An Cnoc launches the Peter Arkle Limited Edition: the scottish born artist has developed a range
of limited edition designs which will be launched throughout2012.

The first release is based on a depiction of the ingredients malted barley, spring water, heat, yeast,
time  and magic ; the secret thing which makes An Cnoc  An Cnoc.

This whisky is a new expression, selected by distillery manager Gordon Bruce and matured in Spanish
sherry butts.

1000 cases of the first Peter Arkle Limited Edition will be released.

Pronounced"( a - nock)

The Tushkar spade has a long blade that cuts down through the peat, producing
a turf with a medium to slow burn. This peat creates and adds a complex but
medium smokiness to the whisky, in this case with a PPM of 15.0.

September 2015  
Inver House Distillers has teamed up with an Edinburgh-born fashion designer to help create a limited-edition tipple set to go on sale next February
Patrick Grant, the creative director of Savile Row tailor Norton & Sons and luxury menswear label E.Tautz, is joining forces with anCnoc Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky to create the product's packaging.
Also a judge on BBC2's The Great British Sewing Bee, Grant's contribution extends to helping taste and profile the special-edition spirit.
His design will include a bespoke print inspired by the brand, the liquid's flavour notes, and the Knockdhu distillery production methods. When creating his final print designs he will also use input from the public, who can suggest what they think embodies anCnoc on social media using the hashtag #ModernTradition.
Grant - menswear designer of the year in 2010 and recipient of the BFC/GQ Designer Menswear Fund 2015 - said: "Growing up in Scotland, and as big fan of anCnoc whiskies, it's a stroke of fate that led me to partner with them on this exciting project. I saw lots of parallels with my work and the masterful production methods used at the distillery - from provenance and heritage to craftsmanship and tradition but with a contemporary edge."

The retention of Knockdhu’s two originally-designed pot stills means Ancnoc’s signature fruity, citric and honeyed flavour is very similar in style to the whisky produced by the distillery more than 100 years ago.

Ancnoc is matured in a mixture of ex-Bourbon and Sherry casks, while the final whisky is free of chill filtration and added colour, lending weight to the malt’s light fruitiness.

The Ancnoc brand came into existence just a few short years after Inver House Distillers bought Knockdhu distillery from United Distillers in 1988.

Having brought the distillery out of mothballs in the February following its purchase, Inver House set about establishing a brand for its first Scotch whisky plant. It was felt, by the owner, that the distillery name was too confusingly similar to Speyside distillery Knockando, and so Ancnoc [meaning black hill] was chosen as the brand to represent its single malt.

The first official bottling of Ancnoc was released in 1993, although the brand never really took off until 2003 when it was relaunched with a 12-year-old bottling as its flagship. In the years that followed a series of vintages and age statements were released, and by 2013 the core range consisted of the 12-year-old alongside a 16, 18, 22 and 35-year-old.

A number of expressions appeared as part of the Peter Arkle collection – a collaboration with the renowned illustrator who designed the packaging – which was launched as a limited edition range in 2012.

While Knockdhu’s malt is renowned for its light, fruity style, the distillery has been producing a small amount of peated spirit for several years, which was finally released as part of a new collection in 2014. The peaty range comprises of Rutter, Flaughter, Tushkar and Cutter, all of which are named after peat-cutting tools and have been matured in ex-Bourbon casks for between eight and 12 years. Ancnoc notes the phenol content of all four, which ranges between 11 and 20ppm, based on the new make itself rather than in the barley.

Production begins at Knockdhu distillery
Considering Knockdhu to be too confusingly
similar in name to another distillery, a single malt
under the Ancnoc brand is launched
Ancnoc is relaunched with a 12-year-old at the
heart of the range
Ancnoc 16 Year Old is launched as a permanent
The brand’s oldest expression to-date, a
35 year old, is released; the Peter Arkle collection
kicks off with ‘Ingredients’
The first peated Ancnoc is released in the
form of the Peaty Range

International Beverage Holdings

Inver House Distillers
1993 - present

Internally, it is a mix of the old and new. The mash tun has a lauter system, but the washbacks are wooden, while the distillate is condensed in worm tubs.

The new make is heavily sulphury as little reflux is encouraged in the stills, but when that cooked vegetable element both flies off and is absorbed into palate weight, the dominant character is citric and intense. Fresh and vibrant when young, its weight allows it to mature well.

In recent years, a heavily peated variant has been made.

In 1877, Scotland’s largest grain distillers [Cambus, Cameronbridge, Carsebridge, Glenochil, Kirkliston and Port Dundas] joined forces to found the Distillers Company Limited [DCL] as a way of safeguarding their business against pot still distillers who at the time were switching between malt and grain depending on where the best profits were to be made.

In 1893, it made its first move outwith its Lowland grain heartland and built a distillery next to the village of Knock,just outside Keith, the first move in the creation what was to become the dominant player in Scotch whisky (DCL would eventually evolve into Diageo), encompassing grain and malt production as well as blending houses.

The site was chosen by DCL founding member John Haig & Sons because of its railway links, supply of local barley and availability of peat, and remained in the DCL stable until it was mothballed in 1983, one of many sites the firm had to close when the ‘whisky loch’ was at its deepest.

Its ownership passed to Inver House in 1988, who soon had a single malt on the market. This was called AnCnoc, rather than the distillery name, which Inver House felt was too similar to the already established Knockando.

In recent years Inver House has created a wetland area outside the distillery where the distillery’s spent lees is treated. A range has now been established, with 12, 16 and 21-year-old expressions at its core, supported by annual vintage releases.

Scotland's largest grain distilleries
join forces to create
Distillers Company Limited
DCL constructs a distillery in Knock
and begins production the following year
Scottish Malt Distillers assumes
control of Knockdhu
Knockdhu has a good run but
is closed due to lack of demand
Inver House Distillers purchases
Knockdhu and reopens it the next year
The first official bottling of Knockdhu
single malt is released
A second brand from the distillery,
Ancnoc, is introduced
Pacific Spirits acquires Inver House
for $85m
International Beverage Holdings buys
out Pacific Spirits UK
The first peated Ancnoc appears in
the form of the Peat Cutter range
with Rutter, Flaughter, Tushkar, Cutter
A 24 year old, a Vintage 1999, a
Peatlands, Black Hill Reserve
Barrow are released
Vintage 2001, Blas , Rudhan are released
Vintage 2002, Peathart are released
A 16 year old released
Capacity: 2.000.000 Ltrs
Output: 1.700.000 Ltrs
Of this 1.-700.000 is
400.000 Ltrs Heavily Peated

Shell and tube
Mainly unpeated, HP malt
phenols at 48 ppm
Crisp, Boortmalt
Semi lauter
Wide shouldered pot, small boil ball,
tall head.
2 (1 wash, 1 spirit)
One racked and three
dunnage warehouses
Wide shouldered pot, small
boil ball, tall head.
Four springs from Knock Hill

November 2017
Highland single malt anCnoc has released Peatheart, a permanent new expression described as its ‘smokiest whisky to date’.

AnCnoc Peatheart smokiest whisky
‘Smokiest’ whisky: AnCnoc Peatheart is made from barley that has been peated to 40ppm
The no-age-statement whisky, produced at Knockdhudistillery in the village of Knock in Aberdeenshire, takes its name from peat bogs surrounding the area.

Made using barley peated to 40ppm (phenol parts per million),anCnoc Peatheart is described as ‘intensely smoky’ with notes of leather, stewed apples and chocolate.

The expression is the first peated whisky from the brand to communicate the ppm of the barley used, rather than the liquid itself.

Peatheart’s launch follows the culmination of the brand’sPeaty Collection, a series of limited edition single malts celebrating the traditional tools used to cut peat.

The Peaty Collection was lauded for defying industry convention by communicating the ppm of the liquid itself, rather than the barley.

As phenols are often lost during the whisky production process, it’s widely considered that the ppm of the barley is not a true reading of a whisky’s ‘peatiness’.

A spokesperson for the brand told that the change was made to ‘fall in line’ with industry standards.

‘Peatheart’s 40ppm is the phenol content of the malted barley, whereas on previous anCnoc peated expressions the ppm was the measurement of the phenol content of the finished product, i.e. the liquid.

‘We were one of the only brands to communicate the ppm of the whisky as opposed to the barley, yet the consumer understands the industry standard better, which is the ppm of the barley.’

Bottled at 46% abv, anCnoc Peatheart will be available globally for around £52 for 70cl.

It joins anCnoc 12-, 18-, 24- and 35-year-old in the core range.

August 2019
Knockdhu distillery’s anCnoc whisky has released two new limited edition single malts – a cask-strength 16-year-old and a no-age-statement peated expression – to celebrate the distillery’s 125th anniversary.

anCnoc limited edition 16 Year Old Cask Strength and Peat
Happy birthday: Knockdhu distillery has marked its anniversary by offering ‘something for everyone’
AnCnoc’s Limited Edition 16 Year Old Cask Strength has been matured in American oak ex-Bourbon casks before being bottled at 56.3% abv.

Said to ‘combine traditions from the distillery’s past and present,’ the whisky is said to be full of ‘sweet vanilla’ notes with ‘coconut and butterscotch’ flavours on the palate.

AnCnoc Peat has been matured in American oak ex-Bourbon casks before a secondary maturation in Spanish oak butts – said to give the whisky a ‘deliciously sunset gold colouring’ – before being bottled at 46% abv.

Said to take the drinker on ‘a journey to Banffshire’s rich peatlands’, the whisky is said to be a ‘stunning, smoky sweet dram’ with ‘burnt toffee’ notes.

Gordon Bruce, Knockdhu distillery manager, said: ‘To be celebrating 125 years of making exceptional whisky is a real achievement – I’m lucky to have a seat at the helm of the distillery in such an exciting year.

‘It was really important that, to mark this special year, we could offer something for everyone, and I think we’ve done just that.’

Only 500 bottles of each expression are available from specialist retailers in the UK, with anCnoc’s Peat priced at £80 and the 16-year-old priced at £100.

Both whiskies are housed in packaging depicting notable iconography from the distillery, such as the distillery’s pot stills, the nearby Knock Hill landmark and Bramble the distillery dog.

Founded in 1894, Knockdhu was mothballed for a period in the 1980s before changing hands and resuming production in 1989.

All Knockdhu single malt whisky has been officially bottled under the anCnoc brand since its launch in 1993.

AnCnoc:releases:  Rutter, Flaughter, Tushkar, Cutter, Peatlands, Black Hill Reserve, Barrow, Blass, Rudhan, 16 years cask strenght, Vintage 1975,
Capacity: 2.000.000 Ltrs
Ourput: 1.700.000 Ltrs

Company Overview
Founded in 1964, Inver House Distillers is the Group's wholly owned Scotch Whisky subsidiary. Within its portfolio there are five distilleries - Pulteney, Balblair, Knockdhu, Speyburn and Balmenach - each producing its own distinctive, individual single malt whisky.

Inver House is also highly active in the warehousing and blending of Scotch whisky, with its main warehousing and head office being centrally located in Airdrie. This is perfectly placed to service the international marketplace with warehousing for 500,000 barrels of whisky plus state of the art blending and laboratory facilities.

Inver House produces more than just whisky, currently distilling the premium brand, Caorunn Gin at Balmenach Distillery and also produces vodka brands from its Airdrie site. From its range of whisky, gin, and vodka Inver House invites you to enjoy this unrivalled collection.

Company History
Inver House Distillers was established in 1964 as a subsidiary of the American company, Publicker Industries. In the 1970's the Scotch Whisky industry faced competition from other spirit categoreis and coupled with the death of its American Chairman, Publicker Industries did not focus its business interests in its Scottish subsidiaries. As a result of this, the malt and grain distilleries at the Scottish site in Airdrie became surplus to requirements and were closed in 1985 and 1986.

The substantial warehousing, blending and office facilities all remained, and do so to this day, as do the state of the art Gin, Vodka and Cream Production Facilities.

However, following the takeover by the management team in 1988, and the revival of the Scotch Whisky industry, Inver House Distillers purchased 5 highly regarded malt distilleries over a period of 9 years. Since then Inver House has gone from strength to strength in its commitment to a worldwide market. This continued commitment was recognised in 1992 with the granting of the Queen's Award for Export Achievement.

In October 2001, Inver House entered a new chapter when it was purchased by Pacific Spirit (U.K.) Ltd, now International Beverage Holdings Limited (InterBev) - the international arm of Asia's leading drinks business, the Thai Beverage Public Company Limited (ThaiBev) with an outstanding portfolio of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, wine and beer categories.

Being part of a larger group ensures the company's continued success in an increasingly competitive market place.

A small traditional malt whisky distillery established in 1894 located right
on the boundary of Aberdeenshire. The distillery water is supplied from
springs on the nearby Knock Hill. Unusually, the single malt whisky is not
named after the distillery but is bottled as anCnoc, part of the Inver House
Distillers group.
Our Malts
Core range is 12, 16 and 22 year old, anCnoc.
Limited edition releases such as the 35 year old, Peter Arkle collection, annual
vintage bottling as and when available
Opening Times
Office hours are Mon to Thur 08:00-17:00 hours, Fri 08:00-12:00 hours
Visitor Facilities
Limited visitor facilities
Guided Tours
By appointment, arranged in advance
Admission Costs
No charge but a donation to charity is appreciated
Private Tastings
May be available on request
Limited selections of products are available at the distillery (please note there are no
credit/debit card facilities)
How to Find Us
Turn off the A96 onto the B9022 just west of Huntly. Continue on this road for
9 miles then turn left at the sign for Knock

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