Bladnoch 1993 Connoisseurs Choice is an independently bottled Lowland single malt. It was released by Gordon & Macphail based in Elgin. This particular expression has been matured in Refill American hogsheadsand it offers lots of fresh mint and tropical fruit aromas with subtle malty notes. The palate is peppery initially with developing peach and kiwi flavours. It has a silky texture and a lingering finish with fruits and spice.
Bladnoch distillery was built on the banks of the river Bladnoch in 1817 by Thomas McClelland and remained in the hands of the McClelland / McLelland family until it was closed in 1938. The family (who was also responsible for rebuilding the distillery in 1871) owned Bladnoch for over a century. During the period 1823 - 1826 produced an average of 32,910 litters of alcohol per annum, and between the year 1826 - 1827 it produced 44,520 litters of alcohol per annum. Following the distillery closure in 1938 it changed hands many times until it was acquired by Bladnoch Distillers Ltd and brought back to life in 1956. The distillery was purchased again by Inverhouse Distillers in 1973 just to be sold to Arthur Bell & Sons a decade later. Raymond Armstrong from Ireland bought the distillery in 1994 and started producing whisky again. Part of the sale agreement prevented the new owner from producing more than 100 000 litres of alcohol per annum, this is way there is so little Bladnoch available these days. Luckily, Raymond managed eventually to overcome the harsh sale provisions and Bladnoch went even further with its production, so hopefully we will be able to see more of this fabulous whisky on the market.
Gordon and Macphail independent bottlers
Founded in Elgin in 1895 as a 'family grocers, tea, wine and spirits merchants'. Today the company is still family managed and has a legendary status among independent bottlers. It could even be said that Gordon and Macphail started the independent bottlings trade in the mid 1960s. When they released casks of single malt whisky from various distilleries, many of those distilleries didn't even have an official single malt release. Gordon and Macphail has its very own whisky distillery: Benromach in Forres, Morayshire.