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THE KNOCKDHU   
12 years old
40 %                
The Knockdhu Distillery Co,
Banffshire

KNOCKDHU  
14 years old
40%                
Distilled 1974
Bottled 1988
Proprietors:
James Munro & Son Ltd
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

KNOCKDHU   
21 years old
57,5%            
CNOC DUBH
Cask Strenght
Limited Edition
6200 numbered bottles
Knockdhu Distillery, Banffshire

To make the perfect malt whisky, four ingredients are essential: pure fresh water, barley, peat and time.
Knockdhu Distillery was founded in 1894 in the shadow of Knock Hill. Ar certain times of the year, the hill appears black when seen from a distance, its heather-clad flanks magically transformed by some chance of soft light, wind and weather. Hence the name Knockdhu from the Gaelic Cnoc Dhubh, meaning Black Hill.
From the southern slopes pf Knock Hill flows water of the purest quality, drawn from springs high on the hillside.
From the fertile farmlands of the nearby County of Moray comes the rich barley that im¬parts its character to the spirit.
From the encircling hills and mountains comes the peat whose warmth aids the malting process inbuing the whisky with a delicious, lightly smoke flavour.
Once these ingredients have been combined and twice distilled, time does the rest. Knockdhu 21 years Old Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky has spent at least 21 years maturing in oak casks. As with people, time allows the spirit to further develop its character, tem¬pers its youthfull fire with the mellowness of age and imparts colour and body to the whisky. The long, patient years have yielded an exceptionally smooth whisky with a full, rich palate and an aromatic, smoky finish.



Speyside
THE KNOCKDHU also see 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 Distillers price:
$ 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
2014
A Peated Range released: Rutter,
Flaughter, Tushkar, Cutter.
2015
A 24 years old released, a Vintage 1975,
Peatlands, Black Hill Reserve, Barrow
2016
A Vintage 2001, Blas, Rudhan are released
2017
A Vintage 2002 and Peathart released
2019
A 16 year old CS released
2020
Capacity: 2.000.000 Ltrs
Ouput: 1.700.000 Ltrs

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.

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.

1877
Scotland's largest grain distilleries
join forces to create Distillers Company
Limited
1893
DCL constructs a distillery in Knock
and begins production the following year
1930
Scottish Malt Distillers assumes control
of Knockdhu
1983
Knockdhu has a good run but is closed
due to lack of demand
1988
Inver House Distillers purchases
Knockdhu and reopens it the next year
1990
The first official bottling of Knockdhu
single malt is released
1993
A second brand from the distillery,
Ancnoc, is introduced
2001
Pacific Spirits acquires Inver House
for $85m
2006
International Beverage Holdings buys
out Pacific Spirits UK
2014
The first peated Ancnoc appears in the
form of the Peat Cutter range

CAPACITY (MLPA) i
1.75
CONDENSER TYPE i
Shell and tube
FERMENTATION TIME i
60hrs
FILLING STRENGTH i
69%
GRIST WEIGHT (T) i
5
HEAT SOURCE i
Steam
MALT SPECIFICATION i
Mainly unpeated, HP malt phenols
at 48 ppm
MALT SUPPLIER i
Crisp, Boortmalt
MASH TUN TYPE i
Semi lauter
NEW-MAKE PHENOL LEVEL i
28-35ppm
NEW-MAKE STRENGTH i
69%
SINGLE MALT PERCENTAGE i
20%
SPIRIT STILL CHARGE (L) i
14,300
SPIRIT STILL SHAPE i
Wide shouldered pot, small boil ball,
tall head.
SPIRIT STILL SIZE (L) i
16,600
STILLS i
2 (1 wash, 1 spirit)
WAREHOUSING i
One racked and three dunnage
warehouses
WASH STILL CHARGE (L) i
11,300
WASH STILL SHAPE i
Wide shouldered pot, small boil ball,
tall head.
WASH STILL SIZE (L) i
12,000
WASHBACK CHARGE (L) i
22,600
WASHBACK SIZE (L) i
30,000
WASHBACK TYPE i
Wood
WATER SOURCE i
Four springs from Knock Hill
WORT CLARITY i
Clear
YEAST TYPE i
Mauri Pinnacle cream

Inver House Distillers
1988 - present
United Distillers
1986 - 1988
Distillers Company Limited
1893 - 1986

KNOCKDHU MARKS ANNIVERSARY WITH ANCNOC MALTS
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.

INVER HOUSE DISTILLERS
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.
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