Bladnoch

Bladnoch was founded in 1817 by the brothers John and Thomas McClelland. The distillery is the most southern active distillery there is in Scotland. It lies right next to the river that is also called Bladnoch.

Information about the Distillery
165 Bottles
Scotland, Lowlands
-4.460383 54.858217
Active
2 x 0 l
Tall
2 x 0 l
Normal
1814
http://www.bladnoch.com/
Average tasting notes Tasting notes
Calculated from 759 Tasting Notes
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Nosing
Sweet:
Fruit:
Herbs:
Sherry:
Vanilla:
Oak:
Spices:
Floral:
Zitrus:
Malt:
Honey:
Raisin:
Chocolate:
Nuts:
Grass:
Peat Smoke:
Caramel:
Herb:
Berries:
Grape:
Plum:
Heather:
Barley:
Nutmeg:
Orange:
Dried Fruit:
Cherry:
Oil:
Apple:
Almonds:
Tropical Fruit:
Lemon:
Hay:
Dark Chocolate:
Fig:
Pear:
Cinnamon:
Pineapple:
Green Apple:
Hazelnut:
Clove:
Date:
Mint:
Tobacco:
Alcohol:
Lime:
Ginger:
Bonfire Smoke:
Leather:
Wheat:
Coffee:
Chili:
Pepper:
Grapefruit:
Peach:
Walnut:
Salt:
Maritime Notes:
Rye:
Black Currant:
Tasting
Sweet:
Fruit:
Spices:
Sherry:
Oak:
Vanilla:
Nuts:
Zitrus:
Chocolate:
Malt:
Herbs:
Caramel:
Pepper:
Peat Smoke:
Raisin:
Herb:
Almonds:
Honey:
Apple:
Dried Fruit:
Oil:
Cinnamon:
Orange:
Plum:
Nutmeg:
Dark Chocolate:
Lemon:
Grass:
Berries:
Bonfire Smoke:
Heather:
Cherry:
Pear:
Hay:
Floral:
Ginger:
Grape:
Coffee:
Grapefruit:
Alcohol:
Barley:
Tropical Fruit:
Wheat:
Cake:
Green Apple:
Lemon Peel:
Blackberry:
Peach:
Maritime Notes:
Chili:
Kiwi:
Salt:
Lime:
Herbs:
Leather:
Hazelnut:
Heather:
Tobacco:
Banana:
Pineapple:
Coconut:
Melon:
Black Currant:
Ham:
Strawberry:
Fig:
Medicinal Smoke:
Date:
Mint:
Finish
Sweet:
Spices:
Fruit:
Oak:
Sherry:
Herb:
Nuts:
Malt:
Zitrus:
Peat Smoke:
Oil:
Pepper:
Dark Chocolate:
Grape:
Herbs:
Honey:
Apple:
Vanilla:
Chocolate:
Caramel:
Berries:
Dried Fruit:
Coffee:
Grass:
Nutmeg:
Raisin:
Alcohol:
Chili:
Plum:
Heather:
Leather:
Lemon:
Lime:
Ginger:
Floral:
Orange:
Maritime Notes:
Barley:
Green Apple:
Salt:
Banana:
Grapefruit:
Cinnamon:
Cherry:
Pear:
Hazelnut:
Pineapple:
Almonds:
Strawberry:
Cake:
Lemon Peel:
Peach:
Bonfire Smoke:
Mint:
Medicinal Smoke:
Hay:
Seaweed:
Blackberry:
Melon:
Tobacco:
Details about the Distillery

The Whisky

The Bladnoch distillery character can be described as strong fruitiness with spices. Most of the Whiskies are matured in Sherry casks. This also adds to the fruitiness of the distillery character. It is unusual for a Lowland Whisky that it is double distilled and that sometimes peated malt is used in the production. All in all the Whiskies from Bladnoch are very interesting as they have a lot of variety.

The Bladnoch distillery is rather small and not many of the independent bottlers add Bladnoch to their ranges. But there are still enough on the market for the experts to enjoy this Scotch.

The Production

The Bladnoch distillery has an annual output of about 250,000 litres of pure alcohol. It gets its water from the local lake called Loch Ma Berry. It is one of the few active Lowland distilleries. All the production is carefully monitored as the Bladnoch distillery is a family-owned business.

The Pot Stills

Bladnoch has two stills. Both stills have a reflux bowl above the intermediate piece to separate the alcohol better and create a smoother taste.

The Malting

Bladnoch buys their malt from 'Simpsons home of good malt'. Bladnoch chooses peated and unpeated malt.

The Warehouse

The warehouses of the Bladnoch distillery are rather flat so the casks are not stored very high. This and the Southern Scottish climate, which is not as rough as in the Highlands, lets the Whisky mature in a slow way so the Whisky gets its the unique taste.

History

Bladnoch was founded in 1817 by the brothers John and Thomas McClelland. The distillery is the most southern active distillery there is in Scotland. It lies right next to the river that is also called Bladnoch. 'Bladnoch' is Gaelic and means "place of flowers". It was founded as a farming distillery and used the barley from the surrounding fields. The Bladnoch distillery changed owners very often. Since 1973 Bladnoch had three different owners, Inverhouse Distillers, Arthur Bell & Sons and the United Distillers. From 1994, the distillery was in family hands and belonged to the brothers Raymond and Colin Armstrong. In 2015, Australian entrepreneur David Prior bought the distillery and extensively renovated it. Whisky has been produced in Bladnoch again since 2017.

 

The Visitor Centre

The Bladnoch distillery has a guided tour and the visitor centre is open all day. After the tour you can take a sample from a wee dram.

Visitor information

Bladnoch Distillery Ltd
Bladnoch
Dumfries and Galloway
DG8 9AB
Tel: +44 (0)1988 402605
Email: info@remove-this.bladnoch.com 

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