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The History Of Knockando

People and places don't just shape a Single Malt Scotch Whisky's flavour. They change the course of its future. Get a taste of how the whisky you love today came to be, with this brief Knockando timeline.

1898

1898

Founded by John Tytler Thomson, named for the village in which it stands – itself taken from the Gaelic meaning ‘little black hill’. Designed by popular architect and engineer, Charles Doig.

1899

1899

Ten months after production began the whisky bubble burst, thanks in part to the artifice of the Pattison brothers, and the distillery closed.

1903

1903

Largely untouched by the whisky crisis, gin producers W. & A. Gilbey buy the distillery.

1904

1904

Charles Gold, the Gilbys' brother-in-law takes charge of the Knockando, launching an immediate program of expansion and improvement. 

1905

1905

Knockando is connected to the Great North of Scotland Railway.


1917

1917

The Government ban all pot-stilling to conserve barley stocks, ceasing production. 

1950

1950

World sales return to pre Great War levels.

1962

1962

W. & A. Gilbey merges with United Wine Traders to form a new company – International Distillers and Vintners.

1968

1968

The traditional floor maltings are closed.

1971

1971

Knockando selected as a single malt in its own right, rather than going into a blend. 

1978

1978

Justerini & Brooks launches a 12 year old official bottling.