Historic Bladnoch Distillery to restart production

BladnochBladnoch Distillery, thought to be Scotland’s most southerly whisky producing site, is set the restart production after six years following its acquisition by an Australian entrepreneur.

The distillery, which has lay dormant since 2009, has been acquired by David Prior, who has pledged “substantial investment” to restart production using funds that will enable facilities to “meet environmental standards”.

It was also announced that its eight existing warehouse, administrative, and visitors’ centre staff will be retained and new jobs will be created.

“I am delighted to have been able to purchase a Scotch whisky distillery of such renown as Bladnoch,” said Mr Prior.

“Scotch Whisky is the world’s foremost spirit drink and I am proud to be part of the Scotch whisky industry.”

The move will also see Gavin Hewitt, former chief executive of the Scotch Whisky Association stepping in as non-executive director at the 200-year old facility.

Bladnoch Distillery was first established in 1817 and is situated on the banks of the River Bladnoch.

In March last year, the distillery closed until further notice after its parent company, Northern Ireland-based Co-ordinated Development Services, went into liquidation.

The chief executive of Co-ordinated Development Services, Raymond Armstrong, spent six years restoring the site, which began producing whisky again in 2000. However, the distillery has not distilled for the past six years.

Initial reports claimed that the distillery was being eyed for acquisition by the Arran Brewery and a number of partner investors.

“It is wonderful to see one of Scotland’s oldest distilleries revived,” said Hewiitt, who stepped down as chief executive of the SWA after 10 years in the role in 2013.

“I’m excited to be on the team which will breathe new life into Bladnoch and provide a stimulus for the local economy.”

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