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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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Vintage Cocktails
A very good, cask-strength 9 year old malt from the Bladnoch distillery. Surprising fullness which belies the dearth of its years. Its label features a nice little illustration of some Belted Galloway...  More info
$66.43
This is a 2002 vintage of the Lowland whisky of Bladnoch. The distillery reopened in 2000 after a number of years of mothballing.  More info
$63.74
This is a 2002 vintage of the Lowland whisky of Bladnoch. The distillery reopened in 2000 after a number of years of mothballing.  More info
$78.86
A lightly peated Lowland whisky. This was distilled on the 2nd December 2001, and aged in barrel number 325 before bottling on the 2nd March 2011.  More info
$58.64
Production at Bladnoch with Raymond Armstrong at the helm began in 2000. Since then several young whiskies have been released, with spirit totally produced since his ownership. Dew is a particularly...  More info
Bladnoch's peated new-make spirit, released at a lower proof of 46% ABV. Marvellous in cocktails, and surprisingly palatable neat.  More info
$22.14
New addition from Bladnoch, this is no age statement whisky, created with a selection of Bladnoch casks.  More info
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This is a lightly peated Lowland whisky from Bladnoch which features a picture of the distillery on the label.  More info
$66.43
A glass for drinking your lovely Bladnoch out of. How delightful.  More info
$6.18
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