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Knockdhu Scotch Whisky Distillery

Knockdhu Distillery, Knock, by Huntly, Aberdeenshire AB5 5LI
Tel: +44 (0)1466 771223

Knockdhu Distillery General Information
Current Owners click for detailsThai Beverage (Inver House)
Location Speyside
Water source Spring water from Knock Hill
Status Active/Producing
Stills 1 x wash and 1 x spirit
Capacity per year 1,800,000 Litres
Manager Malcolm Waring
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Knockdhu Distillery History
1893 Discovery of several springs of the purest, crystal clear water
1894 The Distillery construction was completed and production started in October
1898 Increased demand required additional warehouses to be built
1924 Operated by the Distillers Agency
1930 Taken over by Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd. (SMD)
1940 The Distillery was connected to the national Grid
1960 A sad day, as the Distillery horse and cart are replaced by a tractor
1966 The furnaces of the two pot stills were converted to mechanical stoking
1983 Closed
1988 Purchased by Inver House Distillers and reopened.
1990 1st official Knockdhu released
1993 Ancnoc released
2001 Pacific Spirits bought Inve House for $85m
2006 Inter Bev buys out Pacific Spirits
2014 Ancnoc Peat Cutter released

Knockdhu Distillery Comments
‘Knockdhu’ means ‘Black Hill’ in Gaelic. ‘An Cnoc’ means ‘The Hill’
Major contributor to Haig’s blends.
Traditional earthen floor warehouses.
Knockdhu Distillery was founded in 1894 following the discovery of several springs of the purest, crystal clear water on the southern slopes of Knock Hill. When production first started, the Distillery was a showpiece. Two pot stills could turn out 2500 gallons of spirit per week, motive power being supplied by a 16hp steam engine. Cottages were built for the workers and their families, creating a new community around the Distillery. Much has been done to modernise buildings and machinery, but very little has changed in the distillation process. The two originally designed pot stills remain, giving Knockdhu the same traditional, distinctive flavour as was first tasted almost 100 years ago.
Knockdhu Distillery Bottlings
click for detailsAn Cnoc 12 Year Old
Nose Soft, very aromatic with a hint of honey and lemon in the foreground
Colour Amber with a slight yellow hue
Taste Sweet to start with a fresh appetising fruitiness and a long smooth finish
An Cnoc 21 Year Old
Nose Clean, sweet and fresh with an appetising fruitiness. The base note is citric green apples with a hint of sweet meadow
Colour Pale gold like a young chardonnay
Taste After a sweet start, predominantly dry with a fresh citrus finish. Light honeycomb and chocolate notes, especially in the aftertaste
An Cnoc 1991
Nose Floral, fragrant, citrus, lemon, peardrops, sweet, honey, sherry, spicy, vanilla, full bodied.
Colour Golden amber rich honey.
Taste Sweet, full bodied, spicy, vanilla, sherry, smooth, citrus, smoky tannins.
An Cnoc 30 Year Old
Nose Rich, smooth and well balanced. Sweet with fruity overtones and hints of vanilla
Colour Rich amber, with a golden hue (with hints of emerald and ruby).
Taste Smooth and full bodied with a long lasting finish. Sweet with sherry and vanilla notes.

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