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Bladnoch Whisky

Rejuvenated by new owner David Prior, this lowland star restarted production in 2017 and is producing a typical lowland style spirit that is grassy, floral and elegant.

Historical Bladnochs varied in style due to its various ownerships with some stock showing more nutty and malty characteristics and others more light and grassy. There was even peated spirit produced in the early 2000s which expanded its stock portfolio.

 

Founded

1817

Owner

David Prior

Production Status

Operational

Capacity

1,500,000 Litres

 

Bladnoch's location near Wigtown as the most southerly distillery in Scotland, has benefited greatly from tourism since the early 2000s but its history has been very uneasy throughout the 20th Century in particular.

 

Founded in 1817 by brothers John and Thomas McClelland who were granted a license to distill on their farm in the hamlet of Bladnoch, Wigtown, South West Scotland. The distillery stayed entirely within the McClelland family until 1911 when it was bought by Northern Irish distillers W.M. Dunville & Co. who struggled to upgrade the site during and after the First World War, it continued production until 1937 where it was then mothballed for almost twenty years. A bizarre turn of events resulted in the new distillery owner Ross Coulter selling the distillery's stills to Sweden. 

 

Bladnoch was awakened in 1956 and its owners changed a handful of times over the next seventeen years while the number of stills increased from two to four. It was purchased by Inver House Distillers in 1973 who owned it for a decade until 1983 when it was passed to Arthur Bell & Sons, destined to be folded into United Distillers. In November 1993 it was officially decommisioned and mothballed by United Distillers.


Bladnoch's fate was not quite set, in 1994 two brothers from Northern Ireland, Colin and Raymond Armstrong purchased the distillery from United Distillers (soon to be Diageo) with the intention to create a holiday village. They soon realised the potential of the site and decided distilling was its true purpose but it was not until 2000 that the Armstrongs could begin production after a lengthy negotiation with Diageo who had banned distilling on the site. The Armstrongs turned the distillery into a successful tourist destination and thriving local community fixture although production was always kept on a small scale. After rises in production costs caused the distillery to suspend production in 2009/10, the Armstrongs ultimately went into administration in March 2014 and put the distillery up for sale.

 

July 2015 signalled a new chapter for Bladnoch, which was purchased by Australian businessman and entrepreneur David Prior. It was soon announced that extensive refurbishments and ugrades would be required for the distillery to reopen, this took nearly two years. In June 2017 the distillery officially reopened and celebrated its bicentenary.

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First released in the 1990s, this 10 year old official bottling of Bladnoch was released by United Distillers (now Diageo) in their popular Flora & Fauna series.
Bladnoch
£250.00
A single barrel of Bladnoch bottled by Wemyss Malts and named 'Syrupy Sponge'. This whisky was distilled in 1990 when United Distillers (Pre-Diageo) were operating the distillery. This era of Bladnoch...
Bourbon
Bladnoch
£139.95
This single cask Bladnoch bottled by Gordon and MacPhail fortuitously coincides with part of the distillery's history. This whisky was distilled in 1988, when the distillery's first visitor centre was...
Refill Bourbon
A limited release Talia of 27 years old to honour Bladnoch's bicentenary. All the whisky was initially matured in three different woods, ex-Bourbon, ex-Sherry and ex-Whisky before then all being finis...
Bladnoch
£335.00
This Bladnoch was bottled by North Star Spirits after spending 28 years in a refill barrel. Distilled in 1990, this was from the distillery's final years under United Distillers ownership before layin...
Refill Bourbon
Bladnoch
£164.95
In 2018 Bladnoch distillery celebrated it's 200th anniversary, although the distillery is going through something of a new start just now. Consistently producing for the first time in several years, t...
Bourbon
Bladnoch
£54.95
It's lovely to see the Bladnoch distillery back in production. It's sweet floral spirit is one of the most underrated in all of Scotland and we're delighted that their stills are filled with delicious...
Sherry
Bladnoch
£97.95
Bladnoch has been making whisky for around 200 years, barring a few ups and downs along the way. They're back open and producing now though and this 25 year old is the current jewel in their crown.
Bladnoch
£238.95
Bladnoch's history has been marked be several opening's and closings over the years and we're glad to report that the stills are now running and producing again. This release bears a very fitting name...
Bladnoch
£74.95
Bladnoch
£325.00

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