Halò Single Malt Mates,
An Cnoc makes a guid wee dram. Now they have a new exotic peated expression. Mo Clann gave me a AnCnoc 22 and it is brill..
Here is a blurb about the distillery.
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 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. 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. 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, 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.
Here is the AnCnoc:
Rascan 46% 70cl
Producer International Beverage
Bottle Size 70cl
Alc. Volume 46%
An addition to the An Cnoc peaty range, Rascan refers to the tool used to prepare the ground for peat harvest. This is a lightly peated malt whisky, with honey and toffee mixed in with the smoke
Official Tasting Notes
Nose: An initial honey sweetness followed by green apples, oranges and lemons.
Palate: Vanilla and honey, with toffee, spice and a leathery undertone.
This is one for you peat lovers like mo Mac. The rest of mo Clann don’t like peated expressions. I like them after I have had a few drams of other faves…I suggest you try that one as well..
Thoughts on whiskey: “My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whisky.” William Faulkner, celebrated author
Thoughts on whiskey: “My God, so much I like to drink Scotch that sometimes I think my name is Igor Stra-whiskey.” Igor Stravinsky Russian Pianist and composer. My kind of guy!
Here’s tae the heath, the hill and the heather,
The bonnet, the plaid, the kilt and the feather.
A h-uile la sona dhuibh‘s gun la idir dona dhuibh!
May all your days be happy ones.
Slàinte mhòr agus a h-uile beannachd duibh.
Great health and every good blessing to you
Your Scotch Spirit Master