BladnochThe southernmost distillery in Scotland.
The Bladnoch distillery closed in 1993 and was in 1994 bought by the Irishman Raymond Armstrong whom, with a big effort along with Still-man John Harris, restarted production in 2000. At the same time, he bought old Bladnoch casks. These casks were then allowed to be transported to Denmark by FC-Whisky.
Founded: Status: Capacity:
1817 Active (vc) 250 000 litres
Address: Bladnoch, Wigtown,
Wigtonshire DG8 9AB
01988 402605 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 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.
2009 – An 8 year old of own production and a 19 year old are released.
2011 – Distiller´s Choice is released.
The above timeline is a quote from Malt Whisky Year Book, written by author Ingvar Ronde, we thank you for your inspirational work -