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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 independent bottling of Bladnoch single malt Scotch whisky was distilled in 1993, which also happens to be the year that the distillery was mothballed. Luckily, they opened again in 2000, but for...  More info
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In 1992, Bladnoch produced cask 2965, filled with their fresh, fruity single malt Scotch whisky. The distillery was mothballed in 1993 until its new owned reopened it in 2000. Own a piece of history...  More info
$152.60
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
$178.58
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
$281.41
A glass for drinking your lovely Bladnoch out of. How delightful.  More info
$6.42
Bladnoch's peated new-make spirit, released at a lower proof of 46% ABV. Marvellous in cocktails, and surprisingly palatable neat.  More info
$22.97
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 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
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
$32.71
A gentle, well-balanced Lowlander, this Bladnoch was distilled in 1989 and matured in refill bourbon barrels.  More info
A 17 year old Bladnoch aged in two hogsheads before bottling by Signatory on the 25th November 2010.  More info
User Rating:  Rating (5.0/5)
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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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 6 year old single malt from Lowland distillery Bladnoch.  More info
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
$60.02
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
$60.83
New addition from Bladnoch, this is no age statement whisky, created with a selection of Bladnoch casks.  More info
User Rating:  Rating (4.0/5)
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 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 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
$62.63
Released in 2009, this 8 year old was created entirely since the Raymond Armstrong ownership of Bladnoch began. It offers great character!  More info
User Rating:  Rating (3.5/5)
$62.93
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
$63.27
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
$63.27
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
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
$64.89
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