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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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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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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
A 6 year old single malt from Lowland distillery Bladnoch.  More info
A gentle, well-balanced Lowlander, this Bladnoch was distilled in 1989 and matured in refill bourbon barrels.  More info
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 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
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A half bottling of the 1991 Gordon and MacPhail-bottled Bladnoch. This was bottled as part of the Connoisseur's Choice range and was matured in refill bourbon casks.  More info
A 1991 'vintage' from the Gordon and MacPhail range, Connoisseur's Choice. This bottling of Bladnoch was matured ex-bourbon refill casks and exhibits dry wood, spice and cereals with a balancing...  More info
A glass for drinking your lovely Bladnoch out of. How delightful.  More info
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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 delectable cask strength offering from the Lowland distillery, Bladnoch. This 18 year old was hand bottled and labelled with the 'Sheep Label' and exhibits honey notes, cherry and mochaccino.  More info
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$88.00
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 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
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 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
Bladnoch was mothballed throughout the 1990s until the distillery was bought from United Distillers (now Diageo) and production recommenced in the year 2000. This bottling from Berry Brothers and Rudd...  More info
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This is a sherry matured ten year old whisky from the Lowland distillery of Bladnoch.  More info
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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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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
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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
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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 20 year old, cask-strength Bladnoch distilled on the 19th December 1990 and aged in barrel number 5739. Full of flavour.  More info
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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
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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
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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
$63.99
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