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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%      INFO         
CNOC DUBH
Cask Strenght
Limited Edition
6200 numbered bottles
Knockdhu Distillery, Banffshire


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.

KNOCKDHU

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

KNOCKDHU  DISTILLERY  also see An Cnoc

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.

BRANDS PRODUCED HERE
AnCnoc

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.

TIMELINE

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
KNOCKDHU FACTS

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
OWNERS

Inver House Distillers logo
CURRENT OWNER

Inver House Distillers
1988 - present
PREVIOUS OWNERS

United Distillers
1986 - 1988
Distillers Company Limited
1893 - 1986
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