Australian entrepreneur buys Bladnoch and enlists Ian Macmillan
Theof Burn Stewart will join Bladnoch in October
The future of Bladnoch distillery can breathe freely again: The Australian buyer announced the restart of . The new owner is David Prior. He made a name in the yoghurt start up “five:am” in Australia and several millions Dollars. Now he changed from yoghurt to whisky and he starts his new business very professionally.had been uncertain since its way into liquidation but now the fans of the Lowland
From Australian yoghurt to Bladnoch whisky
About 25.000 litres was the annual production of Bladnoch when they stopped six years ago. In 18 months David Prior will increase it up to 1.5 million liters. The team of ten employees will be part of the new company and it is planned to double it next year. As a guarantor for the best possible development of distillery and whisky Prior will have two well experienced persons at his side: Gavin Hewitt, former chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) and Ian Macmillan, Manager and Master Blender of Burn Stewart Distillers.
Gavin Hewitt und Ian Macmillan join Bladnoch
Ian Macmillan started his whisky career at the of 18 at Glengoyne, so he is very familiar with the style of a Lowland . At Burn Stewarts he redefined the style of Deanston, Tobermory and Bunnahabhain and pushed the back to the top. With him at Bladnoch one can hope for a very positive development of the whisky.
Prices already set for blends and single malt whisky
Together with the acquisition of the Bladnoch Distillery David Prior also got his hands on the whisky stock. According to his statement this makes up about 20.000 cases of 10 to 15 year old whisky. Already at the end of this year a blended will be releases. According to an article in the Sydney Morning Herald Prior will set a price of $70 for a bottle of this and $200 for a for “Connoisseurs”.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald