East of Keith, close to the edge of the Whisky Region Speyside, is the village of Knock. This is the home of the distillery Knockdhu. This distillery has been founded 1893. The whisky production started one year later.  The place has been chosen because of the high quality of the water which comes from the Knock Hill in the neighborhood. The name Knockdhu is gaelic and means ‚Black Hill‘. 

Until 1960 there has been a horse and a cart used for all transportation tasks at the distillery. They have been replaced by a tractor. 1983 changed the brand name for the whisky from Knockdhu to An Cnoc. An Cnoc means ‚The Hill‘. The name has been changed a avoid confusion with the Whisky Knockando. 


Inverhouse Distillers Ltd. is the new owner since 1988

New owner  •  1988  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

Production started again

Just text  •  1988  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

The name changes from Knockdhu to An Cnoc

Just text  •  1988  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

The name has been changed to distinguish Knockdhu from Knockando.

Knockdhu was mothballed in 1983

Mothballed  •  1983  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig


Horse and cart of the distillery are replaced by a tractor.

Just text  •  1960  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig


Scottish Malt Distillers is the new owner since 1930

New owner  •  1930  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

A new malt mill is installed

Just text  •  1928  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

Beside other technical innovations, an explosion safe Boby-Mill has been installed.

The operational business is taken over by The Distillers Agency Ltd.

Just text  •  1924  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig


Additional storehouse are build

Just text  •  1898  •  Posted by Hans-Ludwig

Knockdhu opened its doors on Monday 01st October 1894

Opened  •  01.10.1894

Distillery details

  • Country
  • Status
  • Founded
  • Owner
    Inver House Distillers Ltd
  • Spirit stills
  • Wash stills
  • Capacity per year
    992000 Liters
  • Website

Whisky Details

Distillery location

Knock by Huntly, AB5 5LJ
Scotland Speyside


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