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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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This 20 year old from the Lowland distillery, Bladnoch, was distilled on the 24th January 1990, and it was aged in hogshead 120 before bottling at natural cask strength.  More info
The first ever 20 year old Bladnoch, this was distilled on the 24th January 1990 and aged in cask 136 before bottling at cask strength.  More info
A Bladnoch bottled from a single cask at 20 years old. This is a lovely whisky and very good value.  More info
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Distilled on the 19th December 1990, and aged in hogshead 5767 for 20 years. Just imagine a 20 year old single cask, cask strength whisky from the distillery, at this price. Good heavens!  More info
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$72.07
A 20 year old Lowlander from Douglas Laing. 199 bottles of this single cask whisky were produced, distilled at Bladnoch.  More info
$138.10
20 years ago, 8th March 1993 to be frightening exact, Bladnoch filled cask 767 and 773 hoping that one day they would produce some excellent single malt whisky. That day has come! Signatory bottled...  More info
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A delicious 21 year old whisky from Raymond Armstrong's Bladnoch distillery. Expect floral, fruity flavours and a core of sweet cereals.  More info
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A Lowland single cask, bottled for Douglas Laing's award-winning Old Malt Cask range. This was distilled at Bladnoch in December 1983 and aged for 21 years in refill hogshead number 421 before...  More info
Part of a new range from Douglas Laing, the Old Particular bottlings are produced to some very partic... precise guidelines. Top quality single casks bottled, of course, without chill filtration or...  More info
$151.23
21 year old Bladnoch single malt Scotch whisky, as bottled by the fantastic folks at Hunter Laing for the Old Malt Cask range. The whisky matured in a refill hogshead from November 1992 to May 2014...  More info
$176.27
A single cask Lowland whisky from Bladnoch, filled three years before United Distillers (later Diageo) mothballed the distillery. Matured for an impressive 22 years, it was bottled by the new owners...  More info
$91.39
Matured for 22 years in cask 5762, this single cask whisky from Bladnoch would make a very wonderful collectible for a Bladnoch fan, or it would make a number of very nice drinks for many Bladnoch...  More info
$95.17
As an addition to Duncan Taylor's ever expanding Dimensions range, this 22 year old Bladnoch single malt Scotch whisky is a great fit for the selection. It was drawn from cask 5(!) in October 2013...  More info
$140.23
A rare release of 23 year old Bladnoch, part of the rare malts range, distilled in 1977 and bottled in October of 2001 at cask strength. A rich, sophisticated offering from the Lowland distillery.  More info
$244.40
Distilled at the Bladnoch distillery, this bottling from Carn Mor's Celebration of the Cask range was aged for 23 years old in cask 30008. Only 137 bottles were produced.  More info
A charming 23 year old single cask release of Bladnoch lowland Scotch whisky, part of Duncan Taylor's Dimensions range. Matured from July 1990 to August 2013, only 116 bottles were produced.  More info
$156.45
An Octave bottling of 23 year old Bladnoch single malt Scotch whisky, bottled by Duncan Taylor. It was distilled in 1990 and bottled in 2013 with a tiny outturn of 88 bottles, due to the tiny Octave...  More info
$217.56
A 6 year old single malt from Lowland distillery Bladnoch.  More info
Part of the new range having been released since Raymond Armstrong took the helm in 1994. The first release of whisky distilled after his ownership of Bladnoch, a very well-received set of 6 year old...  More info
A youthful Bladnoch, this was distilled on the 2nd December 2001 and matured for 7 years in barrel number 342 before bottling on the 14th July 2009 as part of an outturn of 230 bottles.  More info
An 8 year old from Bladnoch, these are hand labelled and feature the "Belted Galloway" label - which is a rare breed of cow from Galloway in South West Scotland.  More info
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Released in 2009, this 8 year old was created entirely since the Raymond Armstrong ownership of Bladnoch began. It offers great character!  More info
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$62.11
A limited edition Bladnoch, bottled especially to commemorate the marriage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton on Friday 29th April 2011. This is an 8 year old whisky and there are just 150...  More info
$62.45
An 8 year old Bladnoch, bottled at cask strength, this was aged in a single sherry cask. A stunning dram from the Lowland distillery, albeit with a picture of sheep on the label! Distilled on the 3rd...  More info
$59.24
Bladnoch 9 Year Old
(70cl, 46%)
A lovely little 9 year old whisky from Bladnoch, these bottles feature the "Distillery Label" with an illustration of Bladnoch distillery.  More info
$62.45
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