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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

Bladnoch Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Lowland Distillery Information

Bladnoch Distillery, Bladnoch.





Due to a liquidator being appointed.

Please contact the distillery for opening times and details before travelling.


Visitor Centre:  01988 402605    

Distillery: 01988 402235

Founded in 1817 by the McCelland Family

Location Lowland Southern most distillery in Scotland.

Water Source River Bladnoch.


July 2015 Bladnoch distillery purchased from liquidators.


Bladnoch  Distilling Equipment

Stainless Steel Mash Tun,

6 Oregon Pine Washbacks

2 Tall Pot Stills with boil balls in their necks. Constructed by Blair of Glasgow.

Stainless Steel spirit safe.

Matured in a mix of American oak bourbon and European ex Sherry casks. 13 on site warehouses.

Bladnoch Scotch Whisky

Distillery Style Tasting Notes


Nose: Light, fruity and floral, lemon cake.


Palate:Light bodied. Fruity and malty, delicate honey.


Finish: Delicate citrus fruits.

Bladnoch Single Malt Scotch Whisky 23 year old 1977

Rare Malts Selection Bottling-Tasting note..


Colour: Pale Gold


Sweetly perfumed nose introduces a light, smooth body, sweet honey and citrus fruit notes abound on the palate. This rarely seen, gentle Lowland malt whisky finishes, crisp - a fine aperitif.

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Bladnoch Malt Whisky Distillery History

The McClelland family established Bladnoch distillery in 1817. It was originally attached to a farm and was supplied with the local barley. It was rebuilt in 1871 and passed to T & A McClelland and Co in 1878.


During the late1890's "misfortunes" overtook the whisky industry; there was a reduction nation in the production of barley, coupled with a rise in excise duty and the growth of the various temperance movements. This forced the other Galloway distilleries to close, Somehow Bladnoch survived. Between 1911 and 1937 its ownership was with Wm Dunville & Co. Ltd, an Irish wine and spirits company who closed the distillery in 1938. However malt continued to be produced until 1949 when the maltings closed.


The Distillery was resurrected as the Bladnoch Distillery Co Ltd in 1957. Another pair of stills was added in 1966. During the latter part of the 20th century the distillery went through different owners including Inver House Distillers Ltd between 1973 and 1983,


Bladnoch then passed to Arthur Bell & Sons who modernised the distillery and introduced computerisation. In 1987 Bells themselves were taken over by United Distillers, who continued the modernisation programme.


United Distillers mothballed the distillery in 1993. One year later Raymond Armstrong an Irish businessman acquired it under the condition that the distillery remained silent. After careful and prolonged discussion with UDV the condition was amended to a limited out put.


The visitor centre was opened in 1998 and to the joy of whisky lover’s Limited production commenced in 2000


10 March 2014.  Joseph Luke Charleton of Ernst & Young was appointed official liquidator of Co-Ordinated Development Services, the company which operates Bladnoch Distillery.


2015, Australian businessman David Prior rescued Bladnoch thanks to his passion for Scotch Whisky and a desire to restore the heart and soul of the local community and reinvigorate the brand.


Bladnoch is the southern most distillery in Scotland Its water is drawn from the nearby River Bladnoch In the pastures around the distillery can be found the Belted Galloway a regional breed of black-faced sheep, which is the emblem on the new Bladnoch bottle label.




Bladnoch Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottlings

Bladnoch  Distillers Choice from selected casks

Aged 9 Years made by the present owners @46% @55.7%

Aged 10 Years made by the present owners @46%

Aged 10 Years Lightly Peated  made by the present owners @53.5%

Aged 10 Years Lightly Peated Sherry matured.

Sherry Matured  10 Years Old, 11 Years Old, 19 Years Old

Aged 20 Years @  51.4% (Previous Owner)

Aged 21 Year (Previous Owner)


Bladnoch Single Malt Scotch Whisky Present Owners Older Distillery Bottlings

Aged 6 Years Boubon Matured

Aged 6 Years Lightly Peated

Aged 6 Years Sherry Matured

Aged 7 Years Lightly Peated

Aged 8 Years made by the present owners @55%


Previous Owners Distillations Bottled by present owners

15 Year Old

15 Year Old Rum Finished

Aged 16 Years "Spirit of the Lowlands"

Aged 18 Years

Aged 18 Years Sherry Matured

Aged 20 Years @40%, 46%, 52.9%,  51.4%

Distillers Choice


Bladnoch Single Malt Scotch Whisky  Older Distillery Bottlings. (United Distillers)

10 Year old  (Flora & Fauna – UDV)  

15 Year Old

16 Year Old

23 Year Old 1977 Rare Malts Selection


Bladnoch Single Malt Scotch Whisky Independent Bottlings





Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail),

John McDougall's Selection(House of Macduff)

Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing)

Private Celler (Scotts)

Provenance  (Douglas Laing)

Signatory  Vintage


Wilson & Morgan


Bladnoch Scotch Whisky 1992 16 year old 46% Murray McDavid 70cl

Cask Type : Bourbon.    Ace'd in Amarone Casks.

Bottled at Bruichladdich Distillery in 2008.

Limited Release of 2500 bottles.


Traditional American Bourbon oak maturation but with a premium additional evolution in exceptional Amarone Casks.


Tasting Notes

Melon, White Pepper, green Apple, Cereal, Red Cherry, Raspberry, Chocolate.


Add a few drops of spring water to enjoy the full flavour of this whisky. More water will dilute the alcohol, not flavour, A slight haze will develop- the sign of a natural bottling.