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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 12 year old Bladnoch has been sherry matured, to create a pleasantly rich Lowland single malt. This release features the distillery on the label.  More info
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This bottle of 11 year old Bladnoch is particularly festive. It was aged in a sherry cask before bottling for Christmas 2012. It features a Christmas-y Robin in a snow-filled scene.  More info
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A Bladnoch bottled from a single cask at 20 years old. This is a lovely whisky and very good value.  More info
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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
$79.16
A deliciously sherried single malt from the Lowlands, this Bladnoch was distilled from lightly peated malt - unusual for the region. It was aged for 11 years in a single first-fill sherry hogshead...  More info
$79.31
Matured for 11 years in a bourbon barrel, this Bladnoch Lowland single malt features an illustration of a local Belted Galloway herd. Does three cows count as a herd?  More info
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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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A 12 year old release of Bladnoch's sherry matured single malt whisky featuring local sheep on the label. Situated in the Lowlands, Bladnoch is in fact the southernmost distillery in Scotland.  More info
$80.68
A delicious 21 year old whisky from Raymond Armstrong's Bladnoch distillery. Expect floral, fruity flavours and a core of sweet cereals.  More info
$80.68
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
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
$81.05
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
$81.09
A 20 year old, cask-strength Bladnoch distilled on the 19th December 1990 and aged in barrel number 5739. Full of flavour.  More info
$81.16
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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$86.20
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
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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Produced at the Bladnoch distillery in the Lowlands, this is a very fine 20 year old single malt which was distilled on the 9th November 1992 before being bottled at natural cask strength in late...  More info
$90.35
A single cask Lowland whisky from Bladnoch, filled three years before United Distillers (later Diageo) mothballed the distillery. Matured for an impressive 22 years, it was bottled by the new owners...  More info
$91.71
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
$93.87
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
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
$95.51
This Bladnoch was distilled in 1992 before the distillery was mothballed and re-opened in 2000. This Bladnoch was bottled by Berry Brothers and Rudd in 2011.  More info
$103.69
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
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
$110.20
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
$115.62
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