40 % LAST BOTTLE AND EMPTY The Knockdhu Distillery Co, Banffshire
18 years old
INFO HIGHLAND SELECTION Limited Edition Distilled in 1983 Bottled in 2001 Genummerde flessen 700 bottles The Knockdhu Distillery Co, Banffshire AN CNOC
14 years old
INFO THE ENIGMATIC HIGHLAND MALT
LAST BOTTLE AND EMPTY Distilled: 1991 Bottled: 2005 Special Edition Non Chill - Filtered Knockdhu Distillery Company, Aberdeenshire
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
AN CNOC INFO Established 1894 46 % TUSHKAR 15.0 PPM 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, Aberdeenshire
INFO Established 1894 PETER ARKLE EDITION
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, Aberdeenshire
Highland Malt Speyside AN CNOC (1894 - 1983) (1988 also see The KNOCKDHU
Knock, Banffshire. Licentiehouder:The Knockdhu Distillery Co. Eigenaar:Inver House Distillers Ltd. Op29 Oktober 1894kwam de eerste single malt whisky uit de twee ketels vanThe Knockdhu. Het is de enige distilleerderij die doorThe Distillers Company Ltd, (D.C.L)werd gebouwd, de overige distilleerderijen kwamen in hun bezit door overnames en fusies. The Knockdhuligt ten noordoosten van de rivier Isla nabij de Knock Hill, waar ook het water van wordt betrokken. De single malt whisky vanThe Knockdhuging bijna 100 jaar lang op in de blended whiskies vanHaig. Gedurende de twee wereldoorlogen wasThe Knockdhugesloten. In1940werdThe Knockdhuaangesloten op het electriciteitsnet. Er waren verbouwingen in de jaren1950, 1964en in1966. De spoorlijn die langs de distilleerderij liep werd in1967gesloten. In1968verdwenen de moutvloeren. Tot1972werden de ketels met kolengestookt, daarna verhit met stoom. The Knockdhu werd in1983gesloten. InFebruaru 1988neemtInver HouseThe Knockdhuover en na een renovering in1989weer opgestart.
Publicker Industries Inc,uit de Verenigde Staten introduceerden in1950een nieuw blended whisky:Inver House. In1965bouwden zij een eigen graan- en maltdistilleederij met een bottel en blending-complex te Airdrie in de Lowlands Dit gebouwencomplex staat bekend alsMoffat. Men bracht een single malt whisky uit met de naamGlen Flagler. In1973kochtInver House Bladnochmaar verkocht deze weer in1983aanArthur Bell & Sons Ltd. Loch Lomondwerd in1985overgenomen vanAmalgamated Distilled Productsen wat later weer verkocht aanGlen Catrine Bonded Warehouse Ltd. In1988was er een management buy-out. De graandistilleerderij te Airdrie werd gesloten enInver Housewerd van een bulkleverancier een merken leverancier. In 1988werd de blendHankey Bannistergekocht vanI.D.V. Op10 November 1989werdThe Knockdhugekocht vanUnited Distillers Ltd. In1992kwam de blendCatto,afkomstig vanI.D.V.in hun bezit. InJanuari 1993werdSpeyburnovergenomen vanUnited Distillers Ltd.
June 2012 An Cnoclaunches thePeter 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 makesAn 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 firstPeter Arkle Limited Editionwill be released.
Pronounced"( a - nock)
The Tushkar spadehas 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 Distillershas 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 withanCnocHighland 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 ofanCnocwhiskies, 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 ofKnockdhu’stwo originally-designed pot stills meansAncnoc’ssignature fruity, citric and honeyed flavour is very similar in style to the whisky produced by the distillery more than 100 years ago.
Ancnocis 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.
TheAncnocbrand came into existence just a few short years afterInver House DistillersboughtKnockdhudistillery fromUnited Distillers in 1988.
Having brought the distillery out of mothballs in the February following its purchase,Inver Houseset 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 distilleryKnockando, and soAncnoc[meaning black hill] was chosen as the brand to represent its single malt.
The first official bottling ofAncnocwas released in1993, although the brand never really took off until2003when 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 by2013the 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 thePeter Arkle collection– a collaboration with the renowned illustrator who designed the packaging – which was launched as a limited edition range in2012.
WhileKnockdhu’smalt 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 in2014. The peaty range comprises ofRutter, Flaughter, TushkarandCutter,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 atKnockdhudistillery
ConsideringKnockdhuto be too confusingly similar in name to another distillery, a single malt under theAncnocbrand is launched
Ancnocis relaunched with a 12-year-old at the heart of the range
Ancnoc16 Year Old is launched as a permanent expression
The brand’s oldest expression to-date, a 35-year-old, is released; thePeter Arkle collectionkicks off with ‘Ingredients’
The first peatedAncnocis released in the form of the Peaty Range
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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.
In1877,Scotland’s largest grain distillers[Cambus, Cameronbridge, Carsebridge, Glenochil, Kirkliston and Port Dundas]joined forces to found theDistillers 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.
In1893, it made its first move outwith its Lowland grain heartland and built a distillery next to the village ofKnock,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 byDCLfounding memberJohn Haig & Sonsbecause of its railway links, supply of local barley and availability of peat, and remained in theDCLstable until it was mothballed in1983,one of many sites the firm had to close when the ‘whisky loch’ was at its deepest.
Its ownership passed toInver Housein1988, who soon had a single malt on the market. This was calledAnCnoc, rather than the distillery name, whichInver Housefelt was too similar to the already establishedKnockando.
In recent yearsInver Househas 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 createDistillers Company Limited
DCLconstructs a distillery inKnockand begins production the following year
Scottish Malt Distillersassumes control ofKnockdhu
Knockdhuhas a good run but is closed due to lack of demand
Inver House DistillerspurchasesKnockdhuand reopens it the next year
The first official bottling ofKnockdhusingle malt is released
A second brand from the distillery,Ancnoc, is introduced
Pacific SpiritsacquiresInver Housefor $85m
International Beverage Holdings buys out Pacific Spirits UK
The first peatedAncnocappears in the form of thePeat Cutterrange
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Shell and tube
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Mainly unpeated, HP malt phenols at 48 ppm
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Wide shouldered pot, small boil ball, tall head.
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2 (1 wash, 1 spirit)
One racked and three dunnage warehouses
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Wide shouldered pot, small boil ball, tall head.
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Four springs from Knock Hill
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ANCNOC PEATHEART IS BRAND’S ‘SMOKIEST’ MALT
Highland single malt anCnoc has released Peatheart, a permanent new expression described as its ‘smokiest whisky to date’.
AnCnoc Peatheartsmokiest whisky
‘Smokiest’ whisky: AnCnoc Peatheartis made from barley that has been peated to 40ppm
The no-age-statement whisky, produced atKnockdhudistillery in the village ofKnockin Aberdeenshire, takes its name from peat bogs surrounding the area.
Made using barley peated to 40ppm (phenol parts per million),anCnoc Peatheartis 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’slaunch follows the culmination of the brand’sPeaty Collection, a series of limited edition single malts celebrating the traditional tools used to cut peat.
ThePeaty Collectionwas 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’s40ppm 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 Peatheartwill be available globally for around £52 for 70cl.
It joinsanCnoc12-, 18-, 24- and 35-year-old in the core range.