Knockdhu distillery

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Knockdhu Distillery
Region: Speyside
Location Knock, Banffshire
Owner Inver House
Founded 1894
Status Operational
Water source Spring water from Knock Hill
Number of stills 1 wash still
1 spirit still
Capacity 1,700,000 litres per annum
anCnoc
Type Single malt
Age(s) 12 Years
16 Years
Cask type(s) American White Oak, Ex-Bourbon Casks (Main)
ABV 40% - 50%

The Knockdhu distillery is a whisky distillery in Knock, Banffshire owned by Inver House Distillers Limited.

The distillery was founded in 1893 by John Morrison, who bought the land from the Duke of Fife[citation needed] to produce whisky for Haig's after several springs on the southern slope of Knock Hill were discovered.[1] The site was also chosen for its proximity to the Knock Station on the Banff branch line of the Great North of Scotland Railway (GNSR) between Aberdeen and Elgin.[citation needed] Not only was the new location convenient to the railway but it was also within a few miles of a district noted both for its barley and inexhaustible source of excellent peat.[citation needed] The distillery was built using local eye grey granite, with two steam heated stills.[1] The two pot stills could turn out 2,500 gallons of spirit per week.[citation needed] It was also the first malt distillery built for the Distillers Company Ltd. It started production in 1894 and remained in continuous operation until 1931, when it was forced to close for a few years due to the economic depression. Wartime restrictions on barley forced a second closure from 1940-1945.[2]

After the war, with the distillery connected to the national grid, the steam powered engine, which had been used since the its founding, was retired in 1947.[citation needed]

Knockdhu was closed in 1983, and was sold to Inver House in 1988,[1] after which production resumed in February 1989. Various bottling ages are available the most popular being 12 years old, there is also an annual vintage bottled around 14–15 years old, a 16 year old (matured solely in second fill bourbon casks) and a 30 year old. Previously named Knockdhu after the distillery, the whisky was renamed anCnoc in 1994 to avoid confusion with Knockando.[3]

Knockdhu Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky is currently bottled under the Gaelic name anCnoc meaning "the hill".

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Helen Arthur (2002) [1997]. The single malt companion (in Dutch). Libero. p. 54. ISBN 9057642360. 
  2. ^ Discover anCnoc Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  3. ^ MacLean, Charles, "Malt Whisky", p.147

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Coordinates: 57°33′48″N 2°45′33″W / 57.56333°N 2.75917°W / 57.56333; -2.75917