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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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Bladnoch 20 Year Old
(20cl, 40%)
This is a twenty year old bottling of the Lowland whisky of Bladnoch bottled at 40%abv.  More info
$32.29
A delicious 21 year old whisky from Raymond Armstrong's Bladnoch distillery. Expect floral, fruity flavours and a core of sweet cereals.  More info
$80.39
A 20 year old, cask-strength Bladnoch distilled on the 19th December 1990 and aged in barrel number 5739. Full of flavour.  More info
$80.87
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
$74.89
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
$68.03
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
This is an eighteen year old bottling of Bladnoch from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range. Bladnoch is Scotland's southernmost distillery and after being mothballed in 1993 it was reopened at the...  More info
$115.22
A Bladnoch bottled from a single cask at 20 years old. This is a lovely whisky and very good value.  More info
$78.48
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
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
$65.87
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
$74.44
A tasty, cask-strength 19 year old from the Bladnoch distillery. This is elegant, creamy and lightly spiced with fresh notes of cut hay and blossom. Lovely stuff.  More info
$77.54
This was distilled on the 8th March 1993 at Bladnoch, it was then aged for 18 years in hogsheads 757 and 758 before bottling on the 14th September 2011 by Signatory. A release of 892 bottles.  More info
$64.05
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
$80.76
Distilled at the Bladnoch distillery in 1993 and bottled by Signatory in 2012, this lowland single malt whisky was matured in casks 759 & 766. A release of 846 bottles.  More info
$74.54
A 20 year old Lowlander from Douglas Laing. 199 bottles of this single cask whisky were produced, distilled at Bladnoch.  More info
$138.10
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
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
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
$80.81
Gently woody and spiced, this is a very easy-going dram from the charming, quaint Lowland distillery Bladnoch.  More info
$66.81
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
$65.27
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
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 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
$68.17
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
$72.15
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