When John Morrison bought the Knock estate from the Duke of Fife in 1892, he was a man with a vision – to make his investment pay its way. The discovery shortly afterwards of several springs of pure, clear and highly palatable water on the southern slopes of Knock Hill allowed him to do just that. Samples of the water were sent for analysis and within a month negotiations were under way with The Distillers Company of Edinburgh for the construction of a distillery on Knock Farm. The location, close to the Great North of Scotland railway line and just a few miles from the peat and barley-rich region of Moray could not have been more suited to such a venture. anCnoc, pronounced a-nock. This is a Gaelic word meaning ‘the hill’. This bestowed upon the whisky the rather intriguing distinction of no longer being named after the distillery which produces it.
anCnoc 12 Years Old is renowned the world over – a must have in any whisky drinkers collection. It’s light, yet complex, it’s smooth yet challenging, each twist and turn delivers a surprise. For malt drinkers and new to malt alike, this is a dram that has something for everyone. Amber with a slight yellow hue. Soft, very aromatic with a hint of honey and lemon in the foreground. Taste Sweet to start with an appetising fruitiness and a long smooth finish. A malt for every occasion.