125th anniversary of Knockdhu
Posted on September 03, 2019
To celebrate the 125th Anniversary of our Distillery, we are delighted to introduce two Limited Edition single malt Scotch whiskies: anCnoc 16 Years Old Cask Strength and a 125 Year anniversary peated whisky.
anCnoc Limited Edition 16 Years Old Cask Strength, is matured exclusively in American Oak ex-bourbon casks and bottled at cask strength, the whisky combines traditions from our distillery’s past and modern methods of the present, whilst honouring the distillery team’s passion for making whisky. Retailing at £100, our first ever 16 Years Old Cask Strength whisky,is a light, elegant expression and the epitome of a spectacular anCnoc malt with aromas of sweet vanilla mixed with coconut and butterscotch toffee, and to taste green apple and citrus with a delicate warming spice.
The second of our limited editions, anCnoc Peat, takes the drinker on a mellow journey from the rich peatlands in the heart of Banffshire. Matured in American Oak ex-bourbon barrels, then further matured in Spanish Oak butts, giving it a deliciously sunset gold colouring. Retailing at £80, it features a hint of wood smoke mixed with almonds and dried fruit; with smoke and a touch of burnt toffee on the palate makes for a stunning, smoky sweet dram.
Both Limited Editions feature collectible packaging, telling our distillery’s heritage, with a celebratory cooper lid, marked in honour of the 125th Anniversary. From August 2019, just 500 bottled of each will be available to purchase in the UK, in specialist retailers including The Whisky Shop, Whisky Exchange, Royal Mile Whiskies and Master of Malt. With only 3000 bottles of each available globally.
anCnoc distillery manager, Gordon Bruce, said:
“To be celebrating 125 years of making exceptional whisky is a real achievement.
The traditional methods that make our whisky so special are still in use today, but we’re constantly innovating to offer a fresh take. It’s this combination of tried and tested means with a contemporary twist that makes anCnoc, and Knockdhu Distillery, one of the best places in the world to work – we have a lot of fun here. I’m lucky to have a seat at the helm of the Distillery in such an exciting year, and it’s an honour to the whole team to be able to oversee these two very special Limited Editions.
To me, anCnoc 16 Years Old is a very good example of what anCnoc should be – it’s a lovely, light, bouncy, zingy whisky – a beautiful dram. The Limited Edition Peated whisky is a great opportunity to offer something smoky with a hint of sweetness too – appealing to both peat enthusiasts and those who might not normally opt for peat. It was really important that, to mark this special year, we could offer something for everyone, and I think we’ve done just that.”