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Since 1994 the single malt whiskies of the Knockdhu distillery have been released as AnCnoc to differentiate from those released from the Knockando Distillery. The malts from the distillery on the border between East Highlands and Speyside are light, fruity and aromatic. The AnCnoc 12 years is their entry level offering.

Ancnoc Whisky

The Whisky distillery Knockdhu is close to Huntly at the Foot Of Knock Hill, from whence it’s name is derived. Knockdhu is pronounced like “Nockduh” and means “Small Black Hill”. The Single Malt from Knockdhu operates under the name of Ancnoc (proonounced a-NOCK).

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How does AnCnoc single malt taste?The AnCnoc malts are fruity and mild with lots of vanilla notes.


How is Knockdhu Whisky produced? The AnCnoc is distilled in only 2 . The annual production of a Wash and a Spirit Still is just under a million. Litres of whisky a year. The water comes from nearby sources at Knock Hill. AnCnoc single malts are placed on the market in the age groups 12, 16 and 21 years. In addition, there are regularly interesting vintage bottlings.


The distillery Knockdhu was the first to be built by Distillers Company Ltd (DCL) in 1893 and a break with their Lowland grain based business. In the first half of the 20th century between 1931 and 1933, as well as during the Second World War, production ceased and the distillery remained closed. In 1983, the operation was re-established. Until 1987, Knockdhu remained with DCL, followed by the takeover by Guinness and thus United Distillers. 1989 saw Knockdhu takenover by Inver House and the resumption of the whisky production. The single malt from Knockdhu has been running since 1994 under the name of AnCnoc but it’s still possible to find bottles under the name Knockdhu across periodic auctions.

anCnoc factsheet

Name Pronounced AKA Region Country of Origin
anCnoc Knockdhu Speyside Scotland
Status Active Whisky Type Website Tours Available
Active 1893 - Present Malt anCnoc Tour Link
Manager Distiller Blender Owned by Parent Group
Stuart Harvey Inver House Distillers Ltd

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Yes anCnoc distillery is tourable. On Trip Advisor the distillery has been rated as excellent by 0 of tours to date. This gives anCnoc an overall rating of

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