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anCnoc turns to fashion's Patrick Grant for limited edition release

Published:  15 February, 2016

Inver House Distillers has partnered with award-winning fashion designer Patrick Grant to launch a limited edition expression of its anCnoc Highland single malt.

The new release is named Blas, which is the Gaelic word for taste, and features a bespoke design by the Edinburgh-born Grant on the label.

Grant is best known to the public as a judge on the BBC2 show, The Great British Sewing Bee.

He  is the creative director of Savile Row tailors Norton & Sons and luxury menswear label E.Tautz.

Blas is non-chill filtered and was matured in American and Spanish oak butts at anCnoc's Knockdhu distillery in Banffshire.

Grant said: "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.

"Everything in the print is from the hill, the village of Knock or within the distillery itself and tells the story of the making of Blas.

"I've tried to interpret anCnoc's history and tradition in a modern way, and hope this is translated through the aesthetic of the bottle."

Blas, limited edition AnCnoc release

Stephanie Allison, anCnoc brand manager, said: "The Knockdhu distillery is like no other, using traditional production methods to craft every whisky that is released.

"The partnership with Patrick pays homage to this, celebrating these time-honoured traditions. Every drop of this limited edition Scotch whisky celebrates Patrick and anCnoc's shared Scottish heritage and the spirit of modern tradition."

anCnoc, which means 'the hill' in Gaelic is produced by Inver House Distillers, which also makes Balblair and Old Pulteney.

Inver House is owned by International Beverage Holdings, which is a subsidiary of ThaiBev.

Blas retails at £50 for 70cl and has an abv of 54%.

It is available now from a range of independent and specialist retailers.