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Bladnoch

Bladnoch distillery sits resolute in the green pastures of Wigtownshire. The Southernmost distillery in Scotland, the Bladnoch distillery takes its water from its namesake - the River Bladnoch - which rises at Loch Maberry in Kirkcowan. The distillery was established in 1817 by the brothers McClelland: John and Thomas, who licensed it in 1825. Part of a farm, Bladnoch utilized the rich barley from the surrounding fields. The buildings were refurbished during the latter part of the nineteenth century, though in 1905 distillation ceased totally. Ownership changed hands several times, from the Irish Dunville and Co and then to A B Grant, who began distillation once more. For a time, fortunes were highly favourable and, a decade after reopening, the stills were doubled to number four. During the 1980s, Bladnoch was under Guinness ownership and then United Distillers, closing officially in June of 1993. Diageo sold the distillery to Raymond Armstrong in 2003. Raymond had originally intended to use it as a holiday home and it was sold strictly for this purpose alone. However, after petitioning from both Raymond Armstrong and the local townsfolk, Diageo allowed production once more, though it may not exceed 100,000 litres per annum. There have been many independent bottlings over the years, from bottlers such as Gordon and MacPhail and Douglas Laing. Having restarted production at the turn of the millennium the first official post-Armstrong bottlings were released in 2008 in the shape of three six year olds; one bourbon and one sherry matured offering, as well as a lightly peated expression, all of which have all been well-received.

Bladnoch Whisky Distillery

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About Bladnoch Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01988 402605

Distillery Capacity

100 000 litres

Distillery Founded

1817

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Address

Bladnoch, Wigtown, Wigtonshire DG8 9AB

Distillery Owner

Co-ordinated

Distillery Website

www.bladnoch.co.uk

1817

Brothers Thomas and John McClelland found the distillery.

1825

The McClelland brothers obtain a licence.

1878

John McClelland’s son Charlie reconstructs and refurbishes the distillery.

1905

Production stops.

1911

Dunville & Co. from Ireland buys T. & A. McClelland Ltd for £10,775. Production is intermittent until 1936.

1937

Dunville & Co. is liquidated and Bladnoch is wound up. Ross & Coulter from Glasgow buys the distillery some time after the war. The equipment is dismantled and shipped to Sweden.

1956

A. B. Grant (Bladnoch Distillery Ltd.) takes over and restarts production with four new stills.

1964

McGown and Cameron becomes new owners.

1966

The number of stills is increased from two to four.

1973

Inver House Distillers buys Bladnoch.

1983

Arthur Bell and Sons take over.

1985

Guiness Group buys Arthur Bell & Sons which, from 1989, are included in United Distillers.

1988

A visitor centre is built.

1993

United Distillers mothballs Bladnoch in June.

1994

Raymond Armstrong from Northern Ireland buys Bladnoch in October.

2000

Production commences in December.

2003

The first bottles from Raymond Armstrong are launched, a 15 year old cask strength from UD casks.

2004

New varieties follow suit: e. g. 13 year olds 40% and 55%.

2008

First release of whisky produced after the take-over in 2000 - three 6 year olds.

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From the Mackillop's Choice range comes a 22 year old Bladnoch single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in August 1991 and bottle in March 2014 with a very small outturn of 102 bottles.  More info
$271.17
A sherry-matured 10 year old from Raymond Armstrong's Bladnoch distillery. This was distilled in May of 2001, aged in sherry butt number 88 and bottled at cask strength in January of 2012.  More info
$72.67
The newest edition of Bladnoch 10 year old, this was bottled at cask strength and launched in 2011. A lot of flavour here!  More info
$64.30
Gently woody and spiced, this is a very easy-going dram from the charming, quaint Lowland distillery Bladnoch.  More info
$65.22
A 10 year old Flora and Fauna bottling from Bladnoch, Scotland's southernmost distillery. This Lowlander is rather woody and spicy with some lovely cereal notes, though this bottling will be...  More info
A sherry-matured, single cask Bladnoch. This was distilled on the 16th May 2001 and aged for 10 years before bottling at natural cask strength on the 28th February 2012. Yummy stuff!  More info
$73.11
A lovely little whisky, made unusual by the fact that Lowland malts are very rarely peated. The result is Bladnoch's house style of gently malty, floral spirit, with a tinge of smoky complexity.  More info
$60.35
A very tasty 10 year old from the Bladnoch distillery in the Lowlands, distilled from lightly peated malt (unusual for the region) and boasting a label with a picture of some sheep on it.  More info
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$73.11
This is a sherry matured ten year old whisky from the Lowland distillery of Bladnoch.  More info
$73.11
Matured for 11 years in a bourbon barrel, this Bladnoch Lowland single malt features an illustration of a local Belted Galloway herd. Does three cows count as a herd?  More info
$77.15
This bottle of 11 year old Bladnoch is particularly festive. It was aged in a sherry cask before bottling for Christmas 2012. It features a Christmas-y Robin in a snow-filled scene.  More info
$75.80
11 year old single malt Scotch whisky from Bladnoch, a Lowland distillery that is true to its name and is very low in Scotland. In fact, it's the Southernmost Scottish distillery! This bottle features...  More info
$70.43
A deliciously sherried single malt from the Lowlands, this Bladnoch was distilled from lightly peated malt - unusual for the region. It was aged for 11 years in a single first-fill sherry hogshead...  More info
$77.15
Rich and full-bodied, this is a rather interesting little whisky from the Bladnoch distillery in the Lowlands. It was matured in nothing but top-quality sherry casks before bottling. It even comes...  More info
$73.17
A rich, sherry-matured, cask-strength Bladnoch, aged for 11 years and bottled with a label featuring a proud-looking sheep, surveying - I am sure - an impressive vista.  More info
$66.55
This 12 year old Bladnoch has been sherry matured, to create a pleasantly rich Lowland single malt. This release features the distillery on the label.  More info
$75.80
A 12 year old release of Bladnoch's sherry matured single malt whisky featuring local sheep on the label. Situated in the Lowlands, Bladnoch is in fact the southernmost distillery in Scotland.  More info
$78.48
Bladnoch 13 Year Old
(70cl, 55%)
Big, fresh citrus notes with spice. A surprisingly rich bottling at a more unusual age. This 13 year old release from the Bladnoch distillery has been bottled at cask strength and exhibits some real...  More info
A floral, fruity 15 year old from Bladnoch. Each bottle is hand labelled and bottled at the distillery - adding to the quaint charm.  More info
A more chocolate and coffee-rich bottling from the Lowland distillery. This 15 year old cask strength Bladnoch offering features the 'Sheep Label' and was hand labelled and bottled at the distillery.  More info
A gentle, citrussy 16 year old Bladnoch, bottled at a good strength. Superb character. This is a bottled with the "Belted Galloway" label, which is a rare beef breed which originates from Galloway in...  More info
A 16 year old single malt from the Bladnoch distillery, matured in high-quality ex-bourbon casks before being hand bottled and labelled at the distillery. A juicy, cereal-rich Lowlander.  More info
Distilled on the 15th July 1992 and bottled on the 11th September 2008, a 16 year old single cask bottling from the Bladnoch distillery matured in sherry cask No. 2610 and hand bottled and labelled at...  More info
A 16 year old Bladnoch, distilled in 1992, matured initially in bourbon barrels before a finish in Amarone Italian red wine casks. Bottled in 2008 at the Bruichladdich distillery, with Islay spring...  More info
$77.01
This was matured for 16 years in 2 casks, hogsheads numbers 754 and 755. Distilled on the 8th March 1993 and bottled by Signatory on the 7th December 2009. A release of just 834 individually numbered...  More info
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