Bladnoch 10 years old
Bladnoch distillery was built beside the river Bladnoch by Thomas McClelland in 1817, and rebuilt in 1871 by his grandson. It was extended in 1966, but has suffered periods of closure, most recently in 1993. Happily, it was bought and re-commissioned in 2000 by Ulsterman Raymond Armstrong, and is now once again in production though limited to a fraction of its former capacity by a covenant imposed by the previous owners.The distinctive pagoda-topped roof that reaches prettily above the rest of this riverside distillery was once used to malt the barley grown by the McClellands in the 19th century, but today it houses a comprehensive visitor centre, and the old filling store has also been converted into a hall that can be used for functions such as weddings and dances. It is one of only three distilleries officially classified as lowland, the others being Auchentoshan and Glenkinchie.
The water is drawn from the river Bladnoch and the distillery operates a stainless steel mash tun, 6 Oregon pine washbacks and 2 tall pot stills incorporating boil balls in the neck. The boil balls help to partially cool the vapours so that the heavier volatiles fall back as reflux and a lighter spirit results. The whisky is matured in a mixture of ex-bourbon American oak and ex-sherry European oak casks stored in warehouses at the site.
Bladnoch 10 years old (profiled) is available in Guinness UDV's Flora and Fauna series, and from independents such as Gordon & MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice 1984 vintage, Signatory and Macarthur. We look forward to the new whisky becoming available later in the decade.
The visitor centre is open from April to October, and offers a short video, tours, tastings and a shop. You can also attend the Whisky School at Bladnoch Distillery, where you can work alongside stillman John McDougall on all the stages of making whisky. Detailshere