Highland Malt Speyside THE KNOCKDHU (1894 - 1983) (1988 zie AN CNOC
Knock, Banffshire. Licentiehouder: James Munro & Son Ltd. Eigendom van United Distillers Ltd. Op 10 November 1989 wordt The Knockdhu gekocht door Inver House Distillers. Inver House Ontstaan door een management - buy - out, onder leiding van Bill Robertson en Angus Graham, die € 8,2 miljoen investeerden. November 2001 werd Inver House voor E 56 miljoen gekocht door Pacific Spirits, onderdeel van de op de Virgin Islands gevestigde Great Oriole Group van de Thaise zakenman Charoen Sirivadhanabakdi. Manager van Pacific Spirits is Ooi Boon Aun. Robertson en Graham ontvangen samen E 37 miljoen en ook de 130 medewerkers ontvangen geld, sommigen € 50.000. Inbegrepen in de koop zijn de vijf distilleerderijen Knockdhu, Speyburn, (Old) Pulteney Balblair en Balmenach.
1893 Distillers Company Limited (D.C.L.) start construction of Knockdhu Architects are Gordon & Machey from Elgin 1894 Production starts in October 1894 Management of Knockdhu is transferred to Distillers Agency 1930 S.M.D. = Scottish Malt Distillers takes over production 1931 Knockdhu closes 1933 Knockdhu reopens 1983 Knockdhu closes in march 1988 Inver House Distillerstakes over Knockdhu from United Distillers 1989 Production restarts on 6th February 1990 First official bottling of Knockdhu 1993 Knockdhu becomes a new name: An Cnoc 2001 Pacific Spirits (Great Oriole Group) buys Inver House Distillersprice: $ 85.000.000 2003 New introduction An Cnoc with new packaging 2004 An Cnoc 1990 and 14 years old is launched 2005 An Cnoc 30 years old Limited Edition is launched An Cnoc 1991 and 14 years old is launched 2006 International Beverage Holdings takes over Pacific Spirits U.K. 2007 An Cnoc 1993 is launched 2008 An Cnoc 16 years old is released 2011 An Cnoc Vintage 1996 is launched 2012 An Cnoc 35 years old is launched 3 Peter Arkle ( an illustrator) Limited Editions are released 2013 An Cnoc 22 years old is released An Cnoc Vintage 1999 is launched 2 Peter Arkle ( an illustrator) Limited Editions are released
Water:Knock Hill Mash tun:1 x 4.2 tonnes Wasbacks: 6 x 20.700 litres Wash still: 1 x 10.350 litres Spirit still:1 x 9.500 litres
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.
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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