SOURCE: International Beverage

March 02, 2016 10:00 ET

anCnoc Launches Collaboration With Designer Patrick Grant

Highland Single Malt Releases Limited Edition Whisky, Blas

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - March 02, 2016) - In collaboration with award-winning fashion designer Patrick Grant, anCnoc (pronounced a-NOCK) -- a Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky -- has released a small allocation of two hundred cases of anCnoc Blas, now available in the U.S.

anCnoc tapped the Scottish-born tastemaker -- who serves as the creative director of Savile Row tailors, Norton & Sons and luxury menswear label E. Tautz, in addition to starring as a judge on hit BBC TWO show, "The Great British Sewing Bee" -- to develop the label and packaging, which feature a bespoke print, inspired by the brand.

"I spent a lot of time at Knockdhu. Not only taking in the landscape and surrounding areas, but getting to know the people that work there and the methods that they use," said Grant. "Everything in the print -- from the hill to the village of Knock to the distillery itself -- tells the story of the making of Blas. I've tried to interpret anCnoc's history and tradition in a modern way, and I hope this is translated through the aesthetic of the bottle and packaging." To support Grant's design process, additional inspiration was incorporated from consumers who submitted ideas via social media.

Blas, which means "taste" in Gaelic, was unaltered and non-chill filtered. Maturation took place in 50 percent dechar rechar American oak and 50 percent in first-fill Spanish ex-Oloroso casks, before it was chosen at its optimum level of maturity by Master Blender Mark Williamson. The resulting whisky is golden and honeyed in color. On the nose, it is densely sweet and fruity with notes of lemon and candied orange peels, followed by bitter chocolate and vanilla. At 108 proof, Blas is full bodied and oily on the palate, boasting bold, honeyed notes -- a new and distinct departure from the rest of the anCnoc range.

"We're so pleased with the end result of this collaboration," says anCnoc Brand Manager Stephanie Allison. "Every drop of this limited edition Scotch whisky celebrates Patrick and anCnoc's shared Scottish heritage and the spirit of modern tradition."

The Patrick Grant Limited Edition, anCnoc Blas, is available now throughout the U.S. from 375 Park Avenue Spirits, a division of the Sazerac Company, at a suggested retail price of $75. For more information, visit

About anCnoc Single Malt Scotch Whisky

anCnoc (pronounced a-NOCK) is a single malt Scotch whisky created using a traditional process that has changed very little over time. anCnoc is Gaelic for the nearby Knock Hill, and its home distillery is Knockdhu, which means "black hill" in Gaelic. Located on the very edge of Speyside, the Knock estate sits on land rich in peat. The fine single malt is created using traditional production methods, to make a refreshingly modern whisky.

About International Beverage

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