AnCnoc whisky and designer Patrick Grant team-up for limited edition single malt
Introducing 'blas', a whisky that embodies both the modern and the traditional
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All distillers will tell you that each batch of whisky is produced with great attention to detail, not to mention decades' worth of expertise and no small amount of love. But few distillers can boast to collaborations with award-winning fashion designers. In this case, Edinburgh-born Patrick Grant spent a year creating a bespoke print for anCnoc's latest Limited Edition single malt, ‘blas’.
Best known as the creative director of Savile Row tailor Norton & Sons and judge on TV series The Great British Sewing Bee, anCnoc took the unconventional step of partnering with Grant to design a print that embodied everything the distiller represents, from its rich Highland heritage to the spirit of ‘a modern tradition’. For Blas – translated as ‘taste’ in Gaelic – anCnoc and Grant also took to social media in October of 2015 to crowdsource images and messages to inspire the final design.
‘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,’ explains Grant. ‘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.’
It’s not the first time anCnoc has worked with a Scottish artist having brought illustrator Peter Arkle on board in 2012 to give its bottling of a limited edition that extra special touch, typifying the 121-year old distiller's approach to breathing modern life into a proud heritage.
And what of the whisky? Matured in Spanish and American oak and bottled in its most natural form, neither chill-filtered nor coloured, Blas is a no age statement single malt. The taste notes promise an ‘initial burst of warm lemon tart is followed by notes of rum raisins and dark chocolate. A hint of freshly cut grass adds freshness and balance. The finish is long and satisfying with a bitter-sweet cocoa aftertaste.’
To celebrate the launch of Blas, a very special edition of pocket squares and silk neck scarves featuring the print have been produced, which are not available to buy but could be yours thanks to a competition to win these rare items. Find out how to enter at the official anCnoc website. Even better, see below for your opportunity to win a bottle of real thing.