Location and contact details

Location" Location: Knockdhu Distillery, Knockdhu Distillerym, Knock, Huntly, Aberdeenshire , AB54 7LJ, UK
Visitor Visit Type: Vistor Centre
Telephone" Telephone: +44 (0)1466 771 223
Email" Email: kennedyl[at]
Web" Web:
Twitter" Twitter: anCnoc Single Malt (@anCnoc_whisky)

Facts and figures

LocationKnockdhu Distillery, Knockdhu Distillerym, Knock, Huntly, Aberdeenshire , AB54 7LJ, UK
FounderJohn Morrison
OwnerInver House Distillers Limited
Water SourceSpring water from Knock Hill
Stills1 wash still 1 spirit still
Capacity1,700,000 litres per year


Daily tours run at 1000 and 1400 each day between Monday and Friday. There are limited space so booking in advance is recommended using the contact details above.


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. 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. The distillery was built using local eye grey granite, with two steam heated stills. 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.

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.

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.

Knockdhu Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky is currently bottled under the Gaelic name anCnoc meaning "the hill".
Information correct as of 23/07/2017
This article uses material from the Wikipedia article Knockdhu distillery, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *