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Scotland’s Bladnoch Distillery Opens To The Public

The Bladnoch distillery, considered one of Scotland’s most southerly, has a long and storied history, sometimes also troubled, that dates back to its founding in 1817. It was rescued from a quasi-mothball state back in 2015 by David Prior, an Australian millionaire and entrepreneur. After substantial work and capital investment in the years subsequent, a new visitor’s center is now set to open.

The Bladnoch visitor’s center is currently tagged for having a July 25 open at this distillery in the heart of the Dumfries and Galloway region of Scotland. It features a historical gallery, gift shop, cafe and tasting bar serving the entire range of Bladnoch whiskies already on the market. A number of tours are planned to be offered daily at the distillery during the high season, giving visitors a view of its history and showcasing how single malt is crafted on site.

“Over the past 4 years my team and I have restored and upgraded the distilling operation of Bladnoch and launched our Bladnoch Single Malts into 30 countries,” said Prior in a prepared statement. “The opening of the Visitor Centre represents the final piece of this exciting and rewarding project. We are delighted to welcome guests from all over the world and deliver Bladnoch back to the local community, as an ongoing source of pride and employment.”

The Bladnoch distillery
The Bladnoch distillery (image The Bladnoch)

Prior previously had enlisted the help of Scotch whisky expert and master distiller Ian MacMillan in overseeing an investment of 5 million pounds into installing all new equipment including two pairs of copper stills from Forsyths of Rothes and six new wooden washbacks. Since 2017, the distillery has produced new make spirit once more, and today its distillery team is helmed by former master distiller of The Macallan, Dr Nick Savage.

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Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the founder of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and provided tasting input on many whiskeys at competitions. He also maintains a large private collection of whiskey from which he continually educates his palate on this brown spirit type.

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