A Spirit Shared since 1894
Knockdhu Distillery in Banffshire opened its doors back in 1894 thanks to our founder John Morrison, a pioneering spirit who saw a golden vision of the future.
With a vast expanse of lush green fields, an abundance of peat and barley and the clear crisp springs cascading from the hills and the Great North of Scotland Railway line running nearby. It's no wonder John Morrison seized the chance to turn nature's gift into something unique and share it with the world.
Our distillery is named after the nearby Black Hill, known as Knockdhu in Gaelic - an alluring, backdrop to our place of production. Our namesake is not only that but, also the source of the many springs that bring our whisky to life.
History, heritage, pride and passion run through the distillery's majestic stills today, just as they did all those years ago. As the very first drops of spirit started to flow from Knockdhu's stills, our story began, a tale of pride and passion. A craft passed through generations who've been handcrafting our whisky to share with the world since we opened our doors.
The two copper stills used to create these very first few drops of whisky remain at Knockdhu in size and shape, their flat bases forcing the vapours to journey up through the long narrow neck of the still, producing a light, fruity whisky.
And today, we raise a dram to the hearts and souls of yesterday whose spirits continue to run through every drop of our whiskies today. Here's to visionaries like John Morrison who saw that glistening future reflected in the springs of Knock Hill and to those who craft our whisky in this present day.
At the Knockdhu Distillery, we go to great lengths to honour the traditional process of whisky making. It's this traditional process that we can thank for our modern tasting whisky. Over 100 years on, the picture of the past has become our glorious present.