The most southerly of all the distilleries is Bladnoch. The distillery was founded in 1817 and changed hands many times during the 20th century. It was closed from 1938-1956 during which the distilling equipment was removed and shipped to Sweden. It was latterly owned by Inver House (1973-1983), who sold it to Arthur Bell & Sons PLC, who were subsequently taken over by United Distillers. The distillery was closed in 1993. In 1994 Raymond Armstrong purchased the distillery and opened a visitors' centre. In 2000, production recommenced. Although the distillery does not triple distil, it does produce a typical Lowland style of malt whisky.
AROMA without water Fresh with herbal notes - fresh mint. Some subtle malty aromas develop and hints of exotic fruit - kiwi. TASTE without water Mouth warming, with a touch of mustard powder. Creamy and sweet, with rounded fruity influences developing - peach. AROMA with water Remains fresh and minty with a defined peach note and a delicate touch of fresh hay. TASTE with water Pronounced hint of spice initially, some dark chocolate influences emerge and nutty - hazelnuts.