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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
$277.05
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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$71.88
A 20 year old Bladnoch, bottled by Raymond Armstrong, the new owner. This is incredibly flavoursome, and well worth trying. Brilliant value for money too for a 20 year old single malt.  More info
$71.18
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
$59.09
A 17 year old Bladnoch aged in two hogsheads before bottling by Signatory on the 25th November 2010.  More info
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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
$59.89
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
Distilled in 1990 at the Lowland's Bladnoch distillery, this is a stunning single cask, bottled at natural cask strength by Berry Brothers and Rudd.  More info
$109.52
Bladnoch's peated new-make spirit, released at a lower proof of 46% ABV. Marvellous in cocktails, and surprisingly palatable neat.  More info
$22.61
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
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 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
$78.68
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 Gordon and MacPhail bottling from the Bladnoch distillery, bottled as part of the Connoisseurs Choice range. This was distilled in 1993 and matured in refill sherry hogsheads.  More info
$93.29
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
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
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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At a high proof this 19 year old offers lovely crisp fruit and barley notes, a superb Lowland whisky from Bladnoch.  More info
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$85.66
Floral, fruity and barley rich, a great, crisp 18 year old from the Bladnoch distillery, really recommend this one.  More info
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From single sherry butt number 2609, this was distilled in 1992 and bottled in 2009. A lovely mix of the floral, slightly dry style of Bladnoch with the sweetness and thickness of a sherry maturation.  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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$66.48
A really delicious 18 year old from Bladnoch. This was distilled back in the Diageo days of the Bladnoch distillery, and it offers a wonderful character.  More info
A 17 year old from Bladnoch, the distillery only produces a small amount every year, and we've always been delighted with the quality of the whisky.  More info
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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$61.95
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
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