The Bladnoch distillery is the southernmost distillery in Scotland, located near Wigtown, Wigtownshire, Dumfries and Galloway. It was founded by John and Thomas McClelland in 1817. The distillery produces an average of 9,792 imperial gallons of malt each year.
The distillery did very well until the 1890s, when the “misfortunes” happened (these “misfortunes” have never been fully explained, but they are presumed to be due to a barley shortage), but the Bladnoch distillery managed to stay open. Between 1911 and 1937 it was owned by Wm Dunville & Co. Ltd, an Irish company, and on the outbreak of World War II whisky production stopped. However, the malt continued to be produced until 1949 when the distillery closed until 1957. It was reopened by the time Bell’s acquired the distillery in 1983, and it has been in operation ever since.
Bladnoch’s whisky is described as very potent; some of the 10 year olds have up to 55% ABV. Bladnoch flavor range is woody and spicy with a rather dry, but with a soft and sweet finish.
The distillery is open to visitors from 9 AM – 5 PM Monday through Friday. The last tour of the day is at 4 PM.