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BLADNOCH         Aged 17 years 43 %     INFO       
VINTAGE
DUN BHEAGAN
SINGLE MALT COLLECTION
Distilled 1983
Bottled in 2001
William Maxwell & Co, Ltd.

BLADNOCH         13 years old 43 %         
VINTAGE 1988
Distilled on 23rd November 1988
Bottled on 14th June 2002
Cask Nos. 42028 - 30
Natural Colour
714 bottles
Genummerde flessen
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

BLADNOCH         11 years old 43%         
THE ULTIMATE SINGLE MALT
SCOTCH WHISKY SELECTION
LAST  BOTTLE  AND  EMPTY
Distilled 17/7/91
Bottled 11/9/2002
Cask no. 4011
Bourbon Barrel
Genummerde flessen
The Ultimate Whisky Company, N.L.

BLADNOCH         12 years old 56,4%               
GORDON & MACPHAIL RESERVE
Distilled 1991
Cask No. 3143
Bottled 2003
Limited Edition
229 bottles
Proprietors: Bladnoch Distillery Ltd
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin.

BLADNOCH         8 years old 40 %        
Bladnoch Distillery Ltd, (old Bottling)
Wigtownshire

BLADNOCH         13 years old 45,7 %                
Distilled September 1964
Bottled September 1977
William Cadenhead,
18 Golden Square, Aberdeen

BLADNOCH         10 years old 43 %        INFO
FLORA & FAUNA
Distilled 1982
Bottled 1992
Bladnoch Distillery, Bladnoch,
Wigtownshire

BLADNOCH         9 years old 60,2 %       INFO      
Distilled November 1983
Bottled May 1993
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults Leith, Edinburgh.
(code 50.2).

BLADNOCH         19 years old 56,2 %              
SILENT STILLS
Distilled 30.6.80
Bottled 31.1.00
Cask No. 89/591/31
262 bottles
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

BLADNOCH         9 years old 58,7 %    INFO            
Distilled October 1984
Bottled May 1995
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults,
Leith, Edinburgh.
(code 50.5).

BLADNOCH         10 years old 43%              
THE ULTIMATE SINGLE MALT
SCOTCH WHISKY SELECTION
Distilled 18.10.84
Bottled 7.95
312 Bottles
Cask No. 20299   
Van Wees, Amersfoort

BLADNOCH         10 years old 43 %             
VINTAGE 1984
Distilled 18.10.84
Bottled 6.95
Cask No. 20296-98
650 bottles
Signatory Vintage
Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh.

BLADNOCH         16 years old 43 %              
THE ULTIMATE SINGLE MALT
SCOTCH WHISKY SELECTION
Distilled 30.6.80
Bottled 1.97
Cask No. 89/591/40
440 bottles
Van Wees, Amersfoort

BLADNOCH         10 years old 43%             
THE ULTIMATE  INGLE MALT
SCOTCH WHISKY SELECTION
Distilled 17/7/91
Bottled 15/1/2002
Cask no. 4009
Bourbon Barrel
Genummerde flessen
The Ultimate Whisky Company. N.L.

BLADNOCH         12 years old 40%            
CONNOISSEURS CHOICE
Distilled 1987
Bottled 1999
Proprietors: Bladnoch Distillery Ltd
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

BLADNOCH         13 years old 40%           
CONNOISSEURS CHOICE
Distilled 1988
Bottled 2001
Proprietors: Bladnoch Distillery Ltd
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

BLADNOCH         23 years old 53,6 %             
RARE MALTS SELECTION
Natural Cask Strenght
Distilled 1977
Bottled October 2001
Limited Edition
Genummerde flessen
Scottish Malt Distillers, Elgin.
The Last of The Solways

BLADNOCH         11 years old 56,2 %         INFO
SINGLE CASK
SCOTCH MALT WHISKY
Date distilled Mar 92
Date bottled Oct 03
Society Cask code 50.13
Outturn 291 Bottles
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
'A changeling'

BLADNOCH         14 years old 53,6 %        INFO    
AUTHENTIC COLLECTION
Cask Strenght
Distilled 1989
Wood Type: Bourbon Barrel
Bottled July 2003
No. of Bottles: 210
Wm. Cadenhead Limited,
Campbeltown, Argyll

BLADNOCH         13 years old 43 %              
SIGNATORY VINTAGE
Vintage 1990
Distilled on 8th March 1990
Matured in bourbon barrels
Cask Nos: 1078, 79 + 81
Bottled on 29th October 2003
837 Bottles
Genummerde flessen
Natural Colour
Signatory Vintage Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Edinburgh

BLADNOCH   13 years old 40 %                  
CONNOISSEURS CHOICE
Lowland
Distilled 1991
Bottled 2004
Proprietors: Bladnoch Distillery Ltd
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin
BLADNOCH   14 years old 40 %                 
CONNOISSEURS CHOICE
Lowland
Distilled 1989
Bottled 2003
Proprietors: Bladnoch Distillery Ltd
Gordon & Macphail, Elgin

BLADNOCH         Aged 13 years 40 %          
Single Lowland Malt
Bottled: 2004
Bladnoch Distillery

BLADNOCH         11 years old 60 %            
SINGLE CASK
SCOTCH MALT WHISKY
Distilled: 1993
Bottled: 2004
Society Cask code 50.16
Outturn 309 Bottles
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
'Peroxide blond with good body'

Uitgebracht voorjaar 2008:

BLADNOCH           Aged 15 years 55 %                                  
Single Lowland Malt
The Most Southerly Distillery in Scotland
BLACK  FACED  SHEEP :
Artist - Jan Ferguson
Distilled & Bottled in Scotland for
Bladnoch Distillery, Bladnoch, Wigtownshire


BLADNOCH           Aged 15 years 55 %                                  
Single Lowland Malt
SHERRY  CASK  MATURED
The Most Southerly Distillery in Scotland
BLACK  FACED  SHEEP:
Artist - Jan Ferguson
Distilled 7 Bottled in Scotland for
Bladnoch Distillery, Bladnoch, Wigtownshire

Eerste bottelingen voorjaar 2008 "nieuwe" Bladnoch:

BLADNOCH           Aged 6 years 57,4 %      
Spirit of the Lowlands
BOURBON  MATURED
Non Chill Filtered
Distilled and Bottled in Scotland
Bladnoch Distillery, Wigtown


BLADNOCH           Aged 6 years 58,1 %                                 
Spirit of he Lowlands
LIGHTLY  PEATED
Non Chill Filtered
Distilled and Bottled in Scotland
Bladnoch Distillery, Wigtown        

BLADNOCH       Aged in oak 15 years  56,2 %    INFO           
SINGLE  CASK  SCOTCH  MALT WHISKY
Date Distilled Oct. 92
Date Bottled Feb 08
Cask type Refill Hoghshead
Society Cask No. 50.31
Outturn 300 Bottles
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
"Gentle aperitif

BLADNOCH          aged   7 years 57,8 %              
LIGHTLY  PEATED
Distilled 2nd December 2001
Barrel No 333
Bottled 9th April 2009
Distilled and Bottled in Scotland
Bladnoch Distillery, Wigtown

BLADNOCH        17 years old 56,1 %         INFO                    
SINGLE  MALT  SCOTCH  WHISKY
FROM  A  SINGLE  CASK
Distilled Oct 1993
Cask type: Refill Hogshead / Ex Bourbon
1 of only 298 bottles
Society Single Cask  50.39
The Scotch Single Malt Whisly Society, The Vaults,
Leith, Edinburgh
Scrumtious cockles

BLADNOCH         17 years old 56,1 %      INFO                     
SINGLE  MALT  SCOTCH  WHISKY
FROM  A  SINGLE  CASK
Distilled Oct 1993
Cask type: Refill Hogshead / Ex Bourbon
1 of only 298 bottles
Society Single Cask  50.39
The Scotch Single Malt Whisly Society, The Vaults,
Leith, Edinburgh
Scrumtious cockles

BLADNOCH    46 %        
DISTILLER's  CHOICE
Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
The Most Southerly Distillery in Scotland
Bladnoch Distillery, Wigtown

BLADNOCH Aged 19 years  46 %
Single Lowland Malt
The Most Southerly Distillery in Scotland
Bladnoch Distillery, Wigtown

BLADNOCH Aged 20 years   52,4 %
THE  SPIRIT  OF  THE  LOWLANDS
Lowland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distilled 24th Jan 1990
Hogshead no. 136
Bladnoch Distillery, Wigtown  

BLADNOCH Aged 16 years old 43 %
SIGNATORY  VINTAGE
SINGLE  MALT  SCOTCH  WHISKY
LOWLAND   
Distilled on: 08.03.1993
Matured in: Hogshead
Cask Nos: 754 + 755
Bottled on: 07.12.2009
834 Numbered bottles
Natural Colour
Signatory Vintage Scotch Whisky Co, Ltd, Pitlochry.

BLADNOCH      Aged  8 years 46 %                                      
SINGLE  LOWLAND  MALT
The Most Southerly Distillery in Scotland
Bladnoch Distillery, Bladnoch, Wigtownshire

BLADNOCH INFO
Ages  24  years  59.5 %                        
SINGLE  MALT  SCOTCH  WHISKY
FROM  A  SINGLE  CASK
Date distilled 15th May 1990
Cask Type: Refill Barrel
Society  Single  Cask Code:  50.66
Outturn: One of only 122 Bottles
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh.
Retro Sweet Hamper


BLADNOCH INFO
Age  25 years 56.2 %                                     
SCOTCH  SINGLE  MALT  WHISKY
FROM  A  SINGLE  CASK
Date Distilled:  26th January 1990
Cask Type: Refill Barrel / ex Bourbon
Outturn: One of Only 138 Bottles
Society Single Cask: Code: 5 0 . 6 7
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
Juicy, Oak & Vanilla
Contrapuntal elegance


BLADNOCH INFO
25 years 60.2 %                                                                 
SOCIETY  SINGLE  CASK
SINGLE  MALT  SCOTCH  WHISKY
FROM  A   SINGLE  CASK
Date Distilled: 18th Jan 1990
Cask Type: Refill Barrel / ex Bourbon
One of Only 168 Bottles
Society Single Cask: Code: 5 0 . 7 8
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society,
The Vaults, Leith, Edinburgh
Ready.. steady…bake!

Bladnoch traded as T & A McClelland Ltd. from 1911 - 1937.
Extracts from the Minute Books of Wm Dunville & Co. Ltd, owners of Bladnoch Distillery 1911 - 1937
Details provided by kind permission of:
The Public Records Office
Northern Ireland
Balmoral Avenue
Belfast
Record Ref No. D2132

Wm. Dunville & Co. Ltd. Directors Minute Book No.
At a meeting of Wm Dunville & Co. Ltd held on Tuesday 10th October 1911
"The action of the Managing Director in entering into the purchase and financing of T & A McClelland Ltd was approved."

Shareholders

   Wm Dunville & Co. Ltd. of Royal Irish Distilleries Belfast.
   Dunville & Co. Ltd Wine & Spirit Merchants. of 25 Arthur Street Belfast.

Previous shareholders were Thomas McClelland, St. Annes Mount Aigburth Liverpool whose share went to Dunville & Co. and Charles McClelland, Fordbank House Bladnoch whose share went to Wm Dunville & Co. Ltd.

Company directors of T & A McClelland Ltd. Henry Cooke Craig "Cairndunna", Belmont Church Road, Belfast. Hugh Littlewood Garrett, St Valentines, Holywood. Co. Down. John Claude Brownrigg 25, Arthur Street. Belfast.

Resolved that the following report be presented to the shareholders of the Company (Dunvilles) Your directors beg to present Statement of the Company's Accounts.

"Messer's Dunville & Co. Ltd. (Wine & Spirit Merchants) complain that they experience a difficulty in selling Scotch whisky as their customers know they have not a distillery in Scotland. As your company (Wm Dunville & Co. Ltd. Distillers) cannot supply this from the Royal Irish Distilleries they have started a Limited Company under the name of T & A McClelland Ltd. which has bought a distillery belonging to T & A McClelland & Co. Your firm holds nearly all the shares in T & A McClelland Ltd. This will enable us to supply the want experienced by Dunville & Co. Ltd. The Bladnoch Distillery itself has not been worked for about 6 years. It was in the McClelland family since 1818 and must be one of the oldest in Scotland. The main buildings and warehouses are good and substantial but the plant was obsolete and is being entirely renewed partly by new and partly by purchase of plant from Distilleries in the Highlands that have failed and it is expected to be ready to start early in the new year. It is impossible in the present rather chaotic state the place is in, to arrive at any estimate as to what the cost of the new plant will be but the amount paid to McClelland was £1200 subject to a rent of £10 per annum and a further rent of £15 per annum for water rights which can be dropped at any time."

The company accounts show considerable expenditure on plant and equipment acquired both in Scotland, Belfast and Dublin and refer to the acquisition of a mash tun and weigh bridge in March 1912 from Bluromach Distillery (details of location of this distillery if known would be appreciated).

Company Accounts include details of:
Oil, Tallows & Grease account
Rent & Rates Account
Salaries
Insurance
Horse keeping account
Yeast Account
Coal & Peat Account
Malt Cummins Account
Barley Account
whisky & Feints Account

At a meeting of the directors of Wm. Dunville & Co. Ltd. 22nd October 1912

"With regard to the item of £10755.5s.4d in balance sheet representing Bladnoch Distillery T & A McClelland Ltd. The expenditure required is now practically completed with the exception of an Excise Office and small warehouse which have been delayed by the board of Customs & Excise. The distillery worked for a few weeks to test everything and it was found to work satisfactorily. Work will be resumed for the winter at the beginning of next month."

At a directors meeting held on the 2nd June 1916 25 Arthur Street Belfast

There were present H.C.Craig (chairman) H. Garrett and J.C.Brownrigg. Your directors beg to present Balance Sheet & Profit and Loss Account. From these you will see that the profits for the year amount to £939.4s.1d.

"Owing to the war and difficulties of labour the upkeep of the place has fallen behind and as soon as things return to normal further sums will be required for repairs to roofs etc. those on the warehouses and mash house being in a bad state."

21st May 1917

"Your Directors beg to present Balance Sheet and Profit and Loss Account...

...It was reported that the seal of the company had been affixed on 10th July 1916 to Excise removal Bond for transfer of whisky from Bladnoch to Belfast and on 4th August 1916 to Excise removal Bond for another shipment from Bladnoch to Belfast. "It has been impossible owing to the war to keep the place in the state of efficiency your directors would like: nothing was done to the mash house and warehouse roofs during the past year and the cart shed roof fell in and it was decided to rebuild this and use it as a stable and cart shed combined - this work is in progress. The old stable with some alterations will be available as coopers and cask store."

14th May 1918


"Your directors beg to present Balance Sheet & Profit and Loss Account...

...From these you will see the years trading resulted in a loss of £367.14s.6d. Owing to the continuance of the Order under the Defence of the Realm Act prohibiting distilling. Owing to the stoppage we appealed against our valuation and got it reduced."

22nd May 1919

"Your Directors beg to present Balance Sheet and Profit and Loss Account ...

...From this you will see the years trading resulted in a loss of £326.1s.6d. as the prohibition of distilling was raised too late to allow of many weeks working and it was thought that the old custom of selling the spirits ex store should be abandoned for the present and a stock accumulated. This means for about three years there is not much chance of profit. Practically nothing in way of repairs was done during the year. Great difficulty was found in starting the distillery from want not so much of men as want of houses for them to live in. The land lord the Earl of Galloway offering part of his estate for sale the opportunity was taken to purchase the farm of Cotland adjoining the distillery with the double object of getting ground for labourers cottages and building warehouses and protecting our interest in the lade or mill race which might have been prejudiced if the farm was bought by an outsider. £5321.14s.8d was paid for the farm and at the same time we offered to buy the head rent of the distillery at twenty years purchase which was acceptable the cost being £516.11s.8d."

28th May 1920

"Your Directors beg to present Balance Sheet and Profit and Loss Account for the year ending April 30th 1920...

...From this you will observe that the years trading resulted in a loss of £675.7s.5d. The cause of this is the increased costs of everything but chiefly in wages. Owing to the war the lade has had little or no attention paid to it. It was thoroughly cleaned out and would have cost a good deal more except for the fact that the Cooperative society sent men to assist free of cost in order to get water for their cooling process more quickly. A second sluice gate was put in which has been extremely useful, as the Steam Engine held in reserve was not so often called on . Great complaints were made by the manager of the difficulty of getting men owing to the shortage of houses. To remedy this we rented a house in Wigtown and purchased outright 4 small cottages in Bladnoch at a cost of £407.0s.0d These unfortunately turned out not to be of much assistance as tenants refused to leave from three of them and your directors hesitated to put the law in force and put them out as they could get no fresh houses and two of the tenants had been in possession for 20 - 30 years. The cottages though small will in time be of assistance As early in the war all the whisky was sold there is only new whisky in the warehouses. This cannot be used till it is 3 years old and your Directors think it the best policy to hold on to it".

April 1921

Sales 3053.6 gallons @.9s.6d £ 1450. 9s.1d Stock whisky £33757.19s. 6d Feints £ 31. 3s. 0d April 1922 Sales 15750.2 gallons £ 7174.7s.5d Stock whisky £37108.7s.3d

26th May 1923

Sales 54702.39 gallons Stock whisky £32556.15s.9d Feints £ 32.6s.0d

"Your Directors beg to present Balance Sheet and Profit and Loss Account for the year ending 30th April 1923...

...You will see years trading resulted in a profit of £2734.10s.8d. As alluded to in last report all the whisky was removed from the large warehouse and roof made good the cost of this about £1000.0s.0d.The mash roof is in very bad condition and will require to be repaired before the place is started again. The investment in Cotland Farm £5359.4s.8d has been a disastrous one owing to our own ignorance of Scotch Land Laws instead of returning 5% it only returned about 1%."

AGM 28th May 1924 for year ended 30/4/24

Sales £30.17s.4d (Dunvilles not buying ) Stock whisky £32527.17s.2d Feints £32.6s.0d

"Your Directors beg to present Balance Sheet and Profit and Loss Account...

...From this you will see that the years trading resulted in a loss of £1818.3s.3d. As the distillery did not work during the year and Dunville & Co. Ltd did not require any of the stock of whisky a loss was expected.In Winter there is a fair supply of water running to waste and the use of this by gravity would save a good deal of pumping and so save coal. During autumn there were heavy floods there being 18" to 2 ' feet in the warehouses. This is the third time this has happened since we took it over. Mr Christie (manager) reported that there was some discussion as to (local authority) holding us liable the water floods the road and back of the village."

AGM 3rd May 1925 for year ended 30th April 1925

Sales whisky 55855.7 gallons £14416.0s.11d Feints 609.1 gallons £418.15s.1d Stock whisky £31837.7s.9d Feints £48.15s.0d

"Your Directors beg to present Balance Sheet and Profit and Loss Account...

...The distillery was at work during the season but price allowed by Dunville & Co. Ltd. and the heavy repairs and high price of grain precluded any idea of profit. The mash house roof became so dangerous that it had to be entirely renewed at a cost of about £594.0s.0d and the old steam engine was replaced by a more powerful and up to date oil engine at a cost of £663. The fermentation was rather unsteady and it is questionable if new wash backs should not be put in but owing to the large water tank forming the roof of the Tun Room which always keeps it in a state of cold and wet it is doubtful if Iron Backs would do. Wooden ones would not last long."

AGM 4th June 1926 for year end April 1926

did not distil Sales 57901.7 gallons £19162.4s.1d Stock whisky £14347.11s.0d Feints £48.15s.0d 30th May 1927 for year ended 30/4/27 did not distil Sales 20111.9 gallons £4719.0s.3d Stock whisky £10196.7s.10d Feints £48.15s.0d

31st May 1928

"Your directors beg to present Balance Sheet and Profit & Loss Account for years trading ended 30/4/1928...

(No distilling took place during this year)

...There was no special outlay other than that caused by storm to roofs but there is always a heavy depreciation going on in a Silent Distillery, which is impossible to stop especially in timber vessels etc., and the distillery lying so low is excessively damp. Owing to the company being a private one it is perhaps not necessary to go into the accounts as if it were a public one but your directors think it right to place on record that the accounts are in such a state that if wound up they could not meet their liabilities."

April 1928

Stock whisky £10196.7s.10d Feints £48.15s.0d

AGM on 4th June for year ended 30th April 1929

Distillery not working April 1929 Sales 18246.1 gallons £4561.10s.6d Stock whisky £6426.15s.2d Feints £48.15s.0d

AGM 7th August 1930

whisky was distilled during the year but having regard to the slump in trade of the Country your Directors have decided not to work the distillery during the coming season.

AGM 9th July 1931

The distillery was not working during the past season nor is it proposed to commence distillery operations next season. June 1932 not distilling and not proposing to distil.

22nd August 1933

ditto

3rd September 1934

ditto

2nd September 1935

"Your Directors regret to report that the local authorities have condemned the byres and outbuildings of Cotland Farm as unsuitable for a dairy farm by reason of the fact that they do not comply with the requirements of the Scotland Dairying Act. To put them in order would entail heavy expenditure. As the lease of Cotland Farm expires in 1937 your directors were able to arrange with the authorities that the company be relieved from making this expenditure during the term of the present lease on condition that Cotland Farm be advertised for sale before 1st October 1936."

27th August 1936

"Your directors have continued their policy of economising in every possible direction but owing to the fact that a considerable proportion of the stocks lying in the distillery warehouses has been sold and removed there is a slight increase in the expense in running your business during the year under review."

31st March 1937 Special resolution.

The following special resolution was unanimously adopted.

"That the company be wound up voluntarily"


Arthur Bell & Sons sample bottles

Lowlands
BLADNOCH (1817 - 1993) (1994

Bladnoch, Wigtownshire. Licentiehouder: Bladnoch Distillery Limited. Onderdeel van United Distillers Ltd. Eigendom van Guinness.
Bladnoch staat diep in het pastorale zuid-westen van Schotland gelegen Wigtownshire, aan de rivier Bladnoch, waar ook het water van wordt betrokken.
Bladnoch werd gesticht in 1818 door de gebroeders John en Thomas McClelland.
Het was een boerderij - distilleerderij, in de zomer werd op het land gewerkt, 's winters werd er gedistilleerd.
De distilleerderij zou tot 1930 in handen van deze familie blijven, toen nam de Ierse Belfast Distilling Company,  producent van Dunville whiskey, Bladnoch over.
Belfast Distilling Company ging in vrijwillige liquidatie en Bladnoch werd in 1936 verkocht voor £ 3500.
Bladnoch was gesloten gedurende de volgende twintig jaar.
In 1956 werden de nieuwe eigenaars de Bladnoch Distillery Limited, en de distilleerderij werd weer voorzien van nieuwe installaties, de oude waren verkocht naar Zweden.
In 1964 wordt Bladnoch overgenomen door de whiskyblenders McGowan & Cameron te Glasgow.
In 1966 is Ian Fisher de eigenaar, die laat twee ketels installeren en een nieuw boiler-huis.
Inver House Distillers Ltd, toen het eigendom van Publicker Industries uit de Verenigde Staten werd.dervolgende eigenaar van Bladnoch.
In 1980 is Bladnoch opnieuw gesloten.
In 1983 verkoopt Inver Houses Bladnoch aan Arthur Bell & Sons Ltd, en Bladnoch wordt na een renovatie weer opgestart.
Arthur Bell & Sons Ltd was toen al de eigenaar van Blair Athol (1933), Dufftown - Glen-livet (1939), Inchgower (1936) en in 1974 werd Pittyvaich - Glenlivet gebouwd.
De laatste spirit kwam uit de ketels van Bladnoch in Juni 1993.
Er was sprake van dat United Distillers Ltd de distilleerderij zou verkopen aan Gibson International, toen de eigenaars van zowel Littlemill als Glen Scotia, maar dat ging niet door.
In 1994 toont Raymond Armstrong, een Ierse bouwondernemer, die een zomerhuis in Dal-beattie, belangstelling voor Bladnoch.
Hij wil zelf in de woning van de laatste manager (Ian Henderson, nu manager van La-phroaig) gaan wonen en de distilleerderij als bezoekerscentrum exploiteren.
De prijs die United Distillers vroeg was Armstrong veel te hoog, hij vroeg aan U.D. de komma één plaats naar links te zetten, en U.D. ging accoord.
Eind November 1994 was Bladnoch weer in Ierse handen.
Dacht United Distillers dat het opnieuw tot leven brengen van de distilleerderij tussen de £ 300.000 en £ 450.000 zou gaan kosten, Armstrong had £ 150.00 nodig.
Er werd ook geregeld dat Armstrong 100.000 liter spirit whisky per jaar mocht gaan produceren om ook in de toekomst bezoekers het produktieproces te laten zien en flessen whisky aan de bezoekers te kunnen verkopen.

Gedurende het seizoen 1988/1989 had Bladnoch nog 1.24 miljoen liter spirit geproduceerd.
Het plan is twee drie ton 'mashes' per week te doen en veertig weken per jaar te produceren en donderdag en vrijdag te distilleren.
Er staan nog zes Oregon Pine 'washbacks' uit de tijd van Beli's, en er zijn twee ketels, een 'washstill' met een kapaciteit van 13.500 liter en een 'spirit still' met een kapaciteit van 10.000 liter.
Een gebruikte Kiln werd overgenomen van een Islay distilleerderij. Het gebruikte water komt van de rivier Bladnoch.
De mashtun heeft een inhoud van 8 ton en er staan 6 washbacks gemaakt van Oregon Pine en met een inhoud van 40.000 liter elk.
Twee ervan worden nu gebruikt.
Guinness nam Arthur Bell & Sons Ltd in 1986 over en in 1987 The Distillers Company Ltd (D.C.L.), beide groepen van bedrijven tegen hun zin.
In 1988 werden de twee groepen van bedrijven samengevoegd en de nieuwe naam werd United Distillers Ltd.
Op 12 Mei 1997 staakt de Fransman Bernard Arnault van L M V H zijn verzet tegen de fusie van United Distillers Ltd en Grand Metropolitan (GrandMet) tegen een afkkopsom van ƒ 800.000.000.
De nieuwe naam van de gefuseerden zou eerst G M G Brands worden maar op 22 Oktober 1997 wordt bekend gemaakt dat de naam Diageo zou worden, afgeleid van het Latijnse woord vvor dag en het Griekse woord voor wereld.
Diageo wordt het grootste drankenconcern ter wereld, groter dan Seagram en Allied Domecq samen en met een omzet van 40 miljard gulden.
Op 28 Maart 1998 verkoopt Diageo het whiskymerk Dewar en het ginmerk Bombay voor £ 1,15 miljard aan Bacardi Martini. Het afstoten van de twee merken was een voorwaarde die door de Amerikaanse mededingingsautoriteiten was gesteld aan de goedkeuring van de fusie.
Dewar heeft een omzet van ruim één miljard gulden en een marktaandeel van 10 %. Het merk is marktleider in de V.S.
Diageo is de overkoepelende naam voor vier bedrijven: United Distillers & Vintners, (U.D.V.), Pilsbury, Guinness en Burger King.
Onderdeel van de verkoop houdt ook in de overname van de distilleerderijen Aberfeldy, Aultmore, Craigellachie en Royal Brackla door Bacardi Martini.
Balmenach wordt in December 1997 verkocht aan Inver House.

The Story of Bladnoch Distillery, Wigtownshire.
Like a hundred fellow farmer-distillers, brothers John and Thomas McClelland of Bladnoch licensed their distillery (originally established in 1817) in 1825 after the repeal of laws prohibiting the use of small stills in the Lowlands. Following a conventional pattern, they erected buildings around a central courtyard; a format that survives until this day.
These buildings served until 1878, when major recontruction took place - the distillery now covering two acres of land. Visiting Bladnoch in 1887, Alfred Barnard found 'the Still House, the oldest part of the establishment, containing three Old Pot Stills, consisting of a Wash Still, 13.000 gallons, and two Low-wines stills, each of 400 gallons content'.
Thomas's son Charles McClelland continued the family's ownership into whisky boom years, olthough like most they were forced to close during the First World War.
The distillery closed again in 1938, apparently for good, ending the family's long involvement.
In 1956, surprisingly, the premises were bought, refurbished and re-opened. Any hopes of a long future were gradually dashed, however, by four more changes of ownership culminating in a further silent period that began in 1993.
This old gold 23 year old is unusually mature for a Lowland malt. Athough still typical in its light, smooth body, fruity palate and crisp appetising finish, its more intense, cask-strenght character also shines through.
'A light, smooth body and honeyed citrus fruit flavours. An unusually mature bottling of this rare Lowland malt, which finishes firm and dry'.

The Most Southerly Distillery in Scotland Bladnoch Distillery, Bladnoch, Wigtownshire
Established in 1817, Bladnoch nestles on the bank of the River Bladnoch, one mile from the sea at Wigtown Bay in beautiful 'Bonnie Galloway'.
This is a remote area of Scotland closer to Ireland than to other Lowland Distilleries.
When the distillery closed in 1993 writer Brian Towsend expressed the loss in Scotch Mis-sed in the following words:
'It is somehow impossible not to feel a special regret at the demise of Bladnoch. Few dis-tilleries can match it for the richness of its history and its stubborn ability to survive for so long against such odds'.
Once again independently owned, distilling has recommenced and with a production staff of just two, not surprisingly volumes distilled are small, nonetheless we are pleased to state that Bladnoch entered the new millennium in production.

October 2005

Diageo has announced that its 2005 Annual Rare Malts Selection will be the last.

The collection will consist of four cask strenght single malts from closed distilleries; Glen Mhor 28 years old, Millburn 35 years old, Glendullan 26 years old and Linkwood 30 years old.
Dr. Nicholas Morgan, global malts marketing director commented: 'As the Special Releases are now well established, it makes less sence to continue selecting and promoting a parallel series of Rare Malts with his own separate indentity'.
In future, all premium and rare whiskies will be made available in the annual Special Re-leases series.

1817          Brothers Thomas and John McLelland found the distillery
1825          The McLelland brothers obtain the license
1878          Charles McLellan, son of John, reconstructs the distillery
1905          Production stops
1911          Dunville & Co distillers from Ireland buys T. & A. McLelland Ltd
                 for 10.775 pound. Production is intermittent until 1936
1937          Dunville & Co is liquidated and Bladnoch is wound up
1956          Ross & Coulter from Glasgow buys the distillery
                 The equipment is dismantled and sold to Sweden
1956          A.B. Grant takes over the distillery, now named Bladnoch                                                                    
                 Distillery Ltd, 4 new stills are build and production starts again
1964          New owners: McGown & Cameron whiskyblenders te Glasgow
1966          Two new stills are installed
1973          Inver House buys Bladnoch
1983          Arthur Bell & Sons takes over the distillery
1985          Guiness Group buys Arthur Bell & Sons
1988          Bladnoch becomes a Visitor Centre
1989          Arthur Bell & Sons is included in United Distillers Ltd
1993          June, Bladnoch is mothballed
1994          October Bladnoch is bought by Raymond Amstrong from Ireland
2000          Production restart in December
2003          First bottles from Raymond Amstrong, from United Distillers Casks
                 It is a 15 year old cask strength bottling
2004          New bottling are following
2008          Three 6 year old are released, the first Amstrong distillations

SCOTLAND'S most southerly whisky distillery is seeking a new owner, after its current parent company entered liquidation.
The Bladnoch Distillery and Visitor Centre, near Wigtown, is owned by the County Down-based firm Co-ordinated Development Services, who called in the liquidators last week.
The distillery entrance is roped off, with a sign informing visitors that the site is shut until further notice.
For the past two decades it has been run by Raymond Armstrong, a businessman with an interest in whisky, who bought the distillery in 1994 after it had been mothballed by United Distillers the previous year.
He spent over five years renovating the distillery, with production of the Bladnoch lowland malt recommencing in 2000.
Since his takeover, the distillery has become a popular tourist attraction, with a visitor centre, guided tours and shop.
Operated by fewer than 10 employees, it dates back nearly 200 years and accountants Ernst and Young - appointed to dispose of the assets - are understood to be keen on selling Bladnoch as a going concern.

BLADNOCH DISTILLERY IN ADMINISTRATION, TO BE SOLD
March 17, 2014 - One of Scotland's smallest distilleries is to be sold after a dispute between brothers led to a court-ordered windup of the business. Bladnoch Distillery in Wigtown was ordered into administration last week at the request of Colin Armstrong, one of the four owners of the distillery. Raymond Armstrong, the distillery's managing director, posted this note on the Bladnoch web site's discussion forum in response to questions about the court ruling.
"It's important to say that the company was not bankrupt, so there are no financial difficulties. The four directors/shareholders could not agree, two wanted to sell, two did not. Unfortunately there were no buyers wishing to acquire a 50% share holding and as the value of the distillery as a whole had increased considerably it was not possible to reach an amicable agreement. The relationships were appalling and to the detriment of the company."
Armstrong noted that he expects the distillery and its maturing stocks of whisky to be sold as a going concern. In the meantime, production has been halted and the status of the distillery's workers is unclear. A court-appointed receiver has been appointed to handle the sale of Bladnoch's assets.
"I first came across Bladnoch in May 1994, so it's nearly twenty years ago. I would have liked to have seen the distillery's bi-centenary in 2017 but that wasn't to be. My time at Bladnoch resulted in me getting a son in law from Glasgow and a daughter in law from Wigtown who has provided me with a Scottish grandson. I've also made friends all around the world so you can't say anything bad about that. The end wasn't the nicest but you can't have everything."
Armstrong and his partners acquired the distillery in 1994 after UDV (now Diageo) had closed it the previous year, but the sale came with a clause forbidding the new owners from re-starting production. In 2000, Diageo agreed to waive the restriction, but limited production to 100,000 liters of spirit annually. Since 2008, Bladnoch has released small amounts of its own whisky while selling older expressions produced under UDV ownership. The distillery has also hosted a series of whisky schools, and profited from leasing space in its maturation warehouses to other distillers.

Cooling and process water comes from a dam in the Bladnoch River, 2500 metres from
the distillery.

The dam is build to overcome the tidal effect on the river and also , via a mill lade, carry
his water to a Pelton wheel for power to the distillery.

Barley is malted by Simpsons of Berwick and is lightly peated.

The Malt mill is a Boby Mill.

Mashing is done in a 8 - tonnes stainless steel semi - lauter mash tun with new paddles
and comes from Inver House.

6 Wash backs are made from Oregon Pine each 40.000 litres and fermentation last for
48 hours.

Stills are made by Blair of Glasgow, the wash still has a capacity of 13.500 litres, the spirit
Still has a capacity of 10.000 litres and was build as a wash still and has  inspection
Portholes.

The lower part of the neck is widened to boiling balls, the boil help to partially cool the
vapours so that the heavier components fall back to get a lighter spirit.

The ( revived) triple distilled spiritcomes from the stills at 63 % ABV and when 2,5 x is dis-
tilled the spirit comes at 71 % ABV from the sillsackenzie

The output is limited to 100.000 litres, Bladnoch can produce 1.300.000 litres.

There are 11 warehouses on site.

Bladnoch was very important for the blended whiskies Inver House, Bell's and The Real
Mackenzie

Monday 27 July 2015

The mothballed Bladnoch Distillery in south-west Scotland is to reopen and restart distilling after a six-year gap following its acquisition for an undisclosed price by an Australian entrepreneur.
The new company, Bladnoch Distillery Ltd, is headed by David Prior and the board will also include non-executive director Gavin Hewitt, former chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association, the industry's trade body.
Prior ran the family's food packaging business Baroda before selling it in 2007. He founded five am, an organic yoghurt and granola business in 2009, the company being sold to PZ Cussons for £52 million in 2014.
Prior said yesterday: "I am delighted to have been able to purchase a Scotch whisky distillery of such renown as Bladnoch. Scotch whisky is the world's foremost spirit drink and I am proud to be part of the Scotch whisky industry."
Established in 1817 by brothers John and Thomas McClelland, Bladnoch enjoyed a reputation as a leading Lowland Scotch malt whisky distillery under several owners, including Arthur Bell and United Distillers. The mothballed distillery was bought by Co-ordinated Development Services (CDS) in 1994, reopening for production in 2000, before stopping distilling again in 2009. CDS went into liquidation in March 2014.
Luke Charleton, of EY, liquidators to CDS, said he was "delighted" to announce the sale of Bladnoch Distillery "with all retained jobs and creditors paid in full".
He said: "The distillery continued to trade 'business as usual' under my direction, while a purchaser was sought for the business and assets on a going concern basis.
"There was a tremendous level of interest from domestic and international investors in this distillery. It is particularly pleasing to have sold the distillery to a buyer with a clear growth strategy."

Bladnoch makes Macmillan master distiller and blender
17 August, 2015

Bladnoch Distillery has appointed Ian Macmillan, former head of distilleries and master blender with Burn Stewart Distillers, as its master distiller and blender.
Macmillan will join Bladnoch in early October.
The company says Macmillan will use his 40 years' experience in the scotch whisky industry, including his experience "resuscitating" Burn Stewart's three distilleries, to bring Bladnoch in south west Scotland back into production.
The company intends to restore Bladnoch's reputation as one of the foremost Lowland scotch whiskies following acquisition of the distillery by David Prior last month.
Prior said: "I am delighted that such a well-known master distiller and blender as Ian Macmillan will join the Bladnoch team in the early autumn. His experience and expertise will ensure we create the finest scotch whiskies as we re-start distilling at Bladnoch and develop our brand strategy and marketing."
Ian Macmillan said on his appointment: "I look forward to meeting the challenges of getting Bladnoch back into production. There is a tremendous opportunity to create one of the very best single malt scotch whiskies for passionate consumers of scotch worldwide, and to develop the range of Bladnoch bottlings and other scotch whisky brands."


BLADNOCH DISTILLERY RESTARTS IN LOWLANDS
19 July 2017
Galloway’s historic Bladnoch distillery has restarted production of single malt whisky, after spending the last decade in mothballs.

Bladnoch distillery
Blue skies: A new lease of life awaits the previously mothballed Bladnoch distillery
The Lowland distillery, which was founded on a family farm in 1817, has undergone an extensive £5m refurbishment, funded by new owner David Prior.

The Australian entrepreneur and owner of the five:am yoghurt brand was inspired to purchase the silent distillery in 2015 and give Bladnoch a new lease of life.

In the two years since its purchase, Bladnoch’s buildings have been completely renovated and new distilling equipment installed, including two additional stills that will help double the site’s previous capacity.

Ian Macmillan, master distiller at Bladnoch, filled the distillery’s first casks – first-fill Bourbon and Sherry butts – in mid-June, with spirit described as ‘grassy and malty… a classic Lowland style’.

The distillery is also set up to produce a peated style in the future.

While the new make spirit is maturing, Bladnoch intends to release a series of limited edition single malts using 2,500 casks of stock acquired by Prior when he bought the distillery.

The first Bladnoch malt featuring the distillery’s modern spirit will be released in 2020, as a no-age-statement vatting of older stocks and three-year-old whisky.

Gavin Hewitt, former CEO of the Scotch Whisky Association and non-executive director of Bladnoch, said the distillery would not be offering a cask purchase scheme while its whisky matures.

‘We’re a start-up, but we’re not a start-up because, unlike a lot of new distilleries, we actually have stock, so we don’t need to offer casks to provide cash,’ he added.

The distillery launched three new Bladnoch expressions in January this year – a no-age-statement called Samsara, a 15-year-old named Adela, and a 25-year-old named Talia. The three were designed to ‘signify a new lease on life’ for Bladnoch, in terms of taste, look and feel.

Bladnoch also plans to release a limited edition single cask bottling of the oldest cask in its stocks to mark its 200th anniversary later this year.

The distillery will not be open to visitors until spring 2018, when a full exhibition area, restaurant and tasting experience will be completed. The distillery anticipates receiving more than 25,000 visitors in its first year.

The layout of the distillery has already been altered in an effort to provide a quality experience for future visitors.

Hewitt said: ‘A great deal of the floorplan was frankly chaotic, so we’ve… carefully redesigned it to ensure a better flow for visitors.

‘The washbacks are where they were, but the mash tun is back underneath the grist mills, and the stills are back in the original stillhouse with its fantastic wooden roof.’

Hewitt added that, while the buildings are 200 years old, Bladnoch is now operational as a ‘modern Scotch whisky distillery’.

‘When we bought it the equipment was in an absolutely dreadful condition. Had we started distilling with what we had, we would have had major accidents on our hands. We ripped everything out so the production equipment is 99.99% brand-new.

‘It’s one of those lovely things to be able to put brand-new equipment inside beautiful old buildings, with this fantastic setting alongside the Bladnoch river. If we’d have built a new distillery from scratch, we’d have just had a shed without all the grandeur and beauty of 200-year-old buildings. It wouldn’t have the atmosphere.’

Distilling started at Bladnoch in 1817, when John and Thomas McClelland began producing whisky on their family farm.


The site passed through many hands, including Inver House Distillers, Arthur Bell & Sons and United Distillers (eventually Diageo), until it was acquired by brothers Colin and Raymond Armstrong in 1994.

The pair had initial plans to transform the site into a holiday village, but changed their minds and began distilling again at Bladnoch. Production was intermittent, and Bladnoch was mothballed in 2009.

Bladnoch has been a busy site in terms of tourism and has long acted as a hub for the local community. Architecturally it is a fascinating example of how farm buildings have slowly been converted from their original use.

Production wise its style varied. At the start of the Bell’s era it was light and floral, but the blender’s template of nutty and spicy became the norm towards the end of its ownership. When distilling started again in 2000 the old, more delicate, style was reintroduced – which explains the variation in character in official bottlings. Some peated malt was also run in the Armstrong era, a period which also saw the firm expand into independent bottlings – all of which were sold at incredibly keen prices.

It was 1817 when John and Thomas McClelland took out a licence to make whisky on their farm in the hamlet of Bladnoch near Wigtown in the far south-west of Scotland. It stayed in family ownership until 1905, when it was one of many stills to close during a period of over-supply and low sales.

Bladnoch is not far from the sea crossing between Stranraer and Larne and twice in its history its saviours have come from Northern Ireland. The first of these was Belfast distiller Dunville & Co. which owned the Royal Irish distillery. It bought Bladnoch in 1911 and continued production – albeit intermittently – until 1937. At that point, Dunville’s directors were spooked by (Scottish-based) DCL's declaration that Irish whiskey had no future. After DCL turned down the chance to buy the firm, it went into liquidation, despite being profitable and having stock. Bladnoch was closed once more.

Worse was to follow. Its new owner, Ross & Coulter, sold off Bladnoch’s mature stock and sent the distilling equipment to Sweden – and so the story continues, with owners coming and going at rapid rate. Bladnoch reopened in 1956, was expanded to four stills in 1966, became part of Inver House for a decade, and then in 1983 was bought by Arthur Bell & Son. After Bell’s was taken over it was folded into Guinness/UD [now Diageo] and production once again slowed. In 1993, it was officially decommissioned.

The year after, however, two brothers from Northern Ireland bought it with the initial idea of turning the extensive site into a holiday village. A change of heart soon after saw them wishing to start making whisky again – contrary to the terms of sale. It took six years to persuade Diageo to allow them to make 100,000 litres a year – below capacity and as it turned out right on the limits of profitability.

Most of the distillery’s income came from tourism, events and the extensive warehousing rented out to other producers. Production remained intermittent with mothballing taking place in 2009/10. In 2014, the brothers placed it into administration.

In July 2015 Australian businessman David Prior, along with ex-Scotch Whisky Association CEO, Gavin Hewitt, announced the purchase of Bladnoch and plans to restore the distillery to its former glory.

Ahead of its reopening in 2017, three single malts created using existing stocks of Bladnoch (Samsara, Adela and Talia), were released in limited quantities in Australia, the UK and other global markets.

1817
John and Thomas McClelland are granted a license to distil on their farm in Bladnoch
1905
The distillery is closed and production halts
1911
Irish group Dunville & Co purchases the distillery
1937
With production intermittent under Dunville, the company is liquidated and Bladnoch is closed. Glasgow whisky broker Ross & Coulter purchase the distillery and sell of the equipment
1956
Now under the ownership of A.B. Grant, Bladnoch reopens
1964
McGown and Cameron take over the distillery
1966
Bladnoch’s production is expanded to four stills
1973
Inver House Distillers acquires Bladnoch
1983
Bought by Arthur Bell & Sons
1988
Guinness, which acquired Arthur Bell, opens a visitors’ centre at the distillery
1993
By now under United Distillers, Bladnoch is officially decommissioned
1994
Raymond Armstrong purchases the distillery and recommences production in 2000
2014
Armstrong places Bladnoch into administration


BLENDS CONTRIBUTED TO i
Pure Scot and others
CAPACITY (MLPA) i
1.5
CONDENSER TYPE i
Shell and tube
FERMENTATION TIME i
Min. 48 hours
FILLING STRENGTH i
63.4% abv
GRIST WEIGHT (T) i
5
HEAT SOURCE i
Steam
MALT SPECIFICATION i
Unpeated: Max 2ppm
Peated: 35ppm
MALT SUPPLIER i
Various
MASH TUN TYPE i
Semi lauter
NEW-MAKE STRENGTH i
69% abv
SPIRIT STILL CHARGE (L) i
9,500
SPIRIT STILL SHAPE i
Medium bulbous
SPIRIT STILL SIZE (L) i
10,500
STILLS i
4 (2 x wash, 2 x spirit)
WAREHOUSING i
Traditional dunnage
WASH STILL CHARGE (L) i
12,500
WASH STILL SHAPE i
Onion
WASH STILL SIZE (L) i
14,000
WASHBACK CHARGE (L) i
23,000
WASHBACK SIZE (L) i
26,000
WASHBACK TYPE i
Wooden
WASHBACKS i
6
WATER SOURCE i
Bladnoch River
WORT CLARITY i
Clear
YEAST TYPE i
Caked
OWNERS

Bladnoch Distillery Limited
2011 - present
CURRENT OWNER

David Prior
2015 - present
PREVIOUS OWNERS

Colin and Raymond Armstrong
1994 - 2014
United Distillers
1992 - 1994
Arthur Bell & Sons
1983 - 1992
Inver House Distillers
1973 - 1983
Ian Fisher and McGowan & Cameron
1966 - 1973
AB Grant & Co
1956 - 1965
Ross & Coulter
1945 - 1956
WM Dunville & Co
1911 - 1945
T&A McClelland
1878 - 1911
The McClelland Family
1817 - 1878

Production wise its style varied. At the start of the Bell’s era it was light and floral, but the blender’s template of nutty and spicy became the norm towards the end of its ownership. When distilling started again in 2000 the old, more delicate, style was reintroduced – which explains the variation in character in official bottlings. Some peated malt was also run in the Armstrong era, a period which also saw the firm expand into independent bottlings – all of which were sold at incredibly keen prices.

Diomhair'Eachd
BLADNOCH

It was 1817 when John and Thomas McClelland took out a licence to make whisky on their farm in the hamlet of Bladnoch near Wigtown in the far south-west of Scotland. It stayed in family ownership until 1905, when it was one of many stills to close during a period of over-supply and low sales.

Bladnoch is not far from the sea crossing between Stranraer and Larne and twice in its history its saviours have come from Northern Ireland. The first of these was Belfast distiller Dunville & Co. which owned the Royal Irish distillery. It bought Bladnoch in 1911 and continued production – albeit intermittently – until 1937. At that point, Dunville’s directors were spooked by (Scottish-based) DCL's declaration that Irish whiskey had no future. After DCL turned down the chance to buy the firm, it went into liquidation, despite being profitable and having stock. Bladnoch was closed once more.

Worse was to follow. Its new owner, Ross & Coulter, sold off Bladnoch’s mature stock and sent the distilling equipment to Sweden – and so the story continues, with owners coming and going at rapid rate. Bladnoch reopened in 1956, was expanded to four stills in 1966, became part of Inver House for a decade, and then in 1983 was bought by Arthur Bell & Son. After Bell’s was taken over it was folded into Guinness/UD [now Diageo] and production once again slowed. In 1993, it was officially decommissioned.

The year after, however, two brothers from Northern Ireland bought it with the initial idea of turning the extensive site into a holiday village. A change of heart soon after saw them wishing to start making whisky again – contrary to the terms of sale. It took six years to persuade Diageo to allow them to make 100,000 litres a year – below capacity and as it turned out right on the limits of profitability.

Most of the distillery’s income came from tourism, events and the extensive warehousing rented out to other producers. Production remained intermittent with mothballing taking place in 2009/10. In 2014, the brothers placed it into administration.

In July 2015 Australian businessman David Prior, along with ex-Scotch Whisky Association CEO, Gavin Hewitt, announced the purchase of Bladnoch and plans to restore the distillery to its former glory.

Ahead of its reopening in 2017, three single malts created using existing stocks of Bladnoch (Samsara, Adela and Talia), were released in limited quantities in Australia, the UK and other global markets.


1817
John and Thomas McClelland are granted a license to distil on their farm in Bladnoch
1905
The distillery is closed and production halts
1911
Irish group Dunville & Co purchases the distillery
1937
With production intermittent under Dunville, the company is liquidated and Bladnoch is closed. Glasgow whisky broker Ross & Coulter purchase the distillery and sell of the equipment
1956
Now under the ownership of A.B. Grant, Bladnoch reopens
1964
McGown and Cameron take over the distillery
1966
Bladnoch’s production is expanded to four stills
1973
Inver House Distillers acquires Bladnoch
1983
Bought by Arthur Bell & Sons
1988
Guinness, which acquired Arthur Bell, opens a visitors’ centre at the distillery
1993
By now under United Distillers, Bladnoch is officially decommissioned
1994
Raymond Armstrong purchases the distillery and recommences production in 2000
2014
Armstrong places Bladnoch into administration


BLENDS CONTRIBUTED TO i
Pure Scot and others
CAPACITY (MLPA) i
1.5
CONDENSER TYPE i
Shell and tube
FERMENTATION TIME i
Min. 48 hours
FILLING STRENGTH i
63.4% abv
GRIST WEIGHT (T) i
5
HEAT SOURCE i
Steam
MALT SPECIFICATION i
Unpeated: Max 2ppm
Peated: 35ppm
MALT SUPPLIER i
Various
MASH TUN TYPE i
Semi lauter
NEW-MAKE STRENGTH i
69% abv
SPIRIT STILL CHARGE (L) i
9,500
SPIRIT STILL SHAPE i
Medium bulbous
SPIRIT STILL SIZE (L) i
10,500
STILLS i
4 (2 x wash, 2 x spirit)
WAREHOUSING i
Traditional dunnage
WASH STILL CHARGE (L) i
12,500
WASH STILL SHAPE i
Onion
WASH STILL SIZE (L) i
14,000
WASHBACK CHARGE (L) i
23,000
WASHBACK SIZE (L) i
26,000
WASHBACK TYPE i
Wooden
WASHBACKS i
6
WATER SOURCE i
Bladnoch River
WORT CLARITY i
Clear
YEAST TYPE i
Caked
OWNERS

Bladnoch Distillery Limited
2011 - present
CURRENT OWNER

David Prior
2015 - present
PREVIOUS OWNERS

Colin and Raymond Armstrong
1994 - 2014
United Distillers
1992 - 1994
Arthur Bell & Sons
1983 - 1992
Inver House Distillers
1973 - 1983
Ian Fisher and McGowan & Cameron
1966 - 1973
AB Grant & Co
1956 - 1965
Ross & Coulter
1945 - 1956
WM Dunville & Co
1911 - 1945
T&A McClelland
1878 - 1911
The McClelland Family
1817 - 1878

Concerto barley variety
Semi -lauter mash tun - 5 tonnes capacity
6 x stainless steel washbacks, ezch filled with 25.000 litres
Fermentation time - minimum 50 hours
2 x wash stills - 12.500 litres charge
2 x spirit stills - 9000 litres charge
Annual capacity 1.3 million litres
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