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Bladnoch Whisky

Bladnoch Lowland Whisky

The 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.

Owner:                            Region/district:                       

Co-ordinated Lowlands,
Development Services

Founded:    Status:          Capacity:

1817            Active (vc)     250 000 litres

Address: Bladnoch, Wigtown,

Wigtonshire DG8 9AB

Tel:                         website:

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 - Buy the latest copy of the book here!

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