lies on the Machars peninsula in the town of Bladnoch
right by the Bladnoch River. The distillery was founded
in 1817 by the McClelland brothers and remained in the
family’s care for more than a hundred years until it was
closed in 1938 due to a general decrease in demand for
whisky products. The three stills (Bladnoch was
triple-distilled at the time) were sold to a Swedish
company which produced the Skeppets Whisky (‘Skeppets’
meaning ‘ship’). The project was shut down after only
ten years and the three stills were sold. Two of them
ended up with the well-known Swedish Vodka company
Absolut and are reportedly still in use. The third still
may be seen at the Wine and Spirit Museum in Stockholm,
In 1956 the Bladnoch Distillery was bought by the
Bladnoch Distillery Ltd who installed four new stills.
The distillery was almost immediately sold to the
blending company McGown & Cameron who ran the distillery
until 1973 when they sold it to Inver House Distillers.
After two more changes in ownership the distillery was
closed down in 1993 and lay dormant until 2000 when it
was bought by Coordinated Developments Ltd, a property
development company owned by Raymond Armstrong.
Distilling recommenced on a small scale in year 2000 and
the first batches of whisky will be available on the
market around 2012. Bladnoch has followed the trend of
offering maturing casks for sale however, which means
that interested customers do not have to wait to secure
their future supply of Bladnoch. For example, a bourbon
cask is priced at £750. More detailed information is
available at the Official Bladnoch website.
Bladnoch 10 years Flora & Fauna 43%
Bladnoch 1977 23 years 53,6% Rare Malts
Bladnoch 10 years 40%
Bladnoch 13 years Cask Strength 55%
Bladnoch White Label / 1970's / Level
into neck 75cl 40%
The southernmost of all active distilleries in Scotland.
The long since closed Smallhills Distillery which lay a
few kilometres south of Bladnoch is the southernmost
Scottish distillery ever.
Medium bodied with notes
of fruit and peat.
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Production at Bladnoch
Water is drawn
from the Bladnoch River which flows right by the
distillery. Bladnoch buy their malt lightly peated from
Simpsons of Berwick. The mash tun is made from stainless
steel and the six washbacks are made from fir. The four
new stills which were installed in 1956 are onion shaped
and are fitted with long necks. The distillery does not
run at its full capacity –only one pair of stills is
used. The whisky is filled primarily into bourbon casks
which are stored in the thirteen on site warehouses.
Malt Scotch Whisky
DG8 9AB Scotland
Bladnoch is open to visitors from Easter until the end
of October on Monday-Friday 09.00-17.00. Between July
and August the visitor centre is also open on Sundays
12.00-17.00. Guided tours are available throughout the
day. Admission is £1.
The Bladnoch gift shop is one of the largest in
Scotland; besides a wide selection of whisky they offer
glassware, various Scottish gifts, jewellery and even
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