First distillery: Bladnoch

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Today we visit the Bladnoch distillery in Wigtown according to plan.

I had been there before, had a tour around the premises with a lovely lady-tourguide. In 2006 that was an introduction of 50 minutes, I found it very basic and good for starting a week of visiting distilleries.

How different it all gets.

We enter the distillery shop at 10:05, and the lady of the shop says next tour is on at 11.

O.K., we will wait, but the owner, Raymond Armstrong, decides that he himself will show us (10 people) around and starts the tour around 10:20.

He is an Irish building contractor with a great hobby (we will not call this an obsession:): Whisky, and having his own distillery is his ultimate dream. And about distilling whisky he can talk all day.

 

On this specific tour today, Raymond shows us around for almost 4 hours.

Raymond's lecture...
We visit warehouses, production, the garden, the guesthouses.

We have slight detours and Raymond manages to learn us something about real-estate, management and life in general (let alone whisky:).

Thank you Raymond, for showing us around. I think this ‘basic starter’ can’t be matched on our following visits to the other distilleries.

(note of writer: it hasn't been!!!)

For everyone lies the opportunity to meet Raymond on the whisky festival in Leiden, November 13-14-15th, http://www.whiskyfestival.nl or when you are lucky at the distillery http://www.bladnoch.co.uk/.

 

Postal code Bladnoch distillery for the Navigator: DG8 9AB

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Yes, found!
Yes, found!
Raymonds lecture...
Raymond's lecture...
and hearing
and hearing
The group
The group
The whisky waiting to be drunk in …
The whisky waiting to be drunk in…
The distillery
The distillery
Filling station
Filling station
The whisky, cask strength, waiting…
The whisky, cask strength, waitin…
Storing casks for other distilleri…
Storing casks for other distiller…
Milling the barley
Milling the barley
The distilling pot
The distilling pot
Barrel: 200 litres, Hogshead 250 l…
Barrel: 200 litres, Hogshead 250 …
Puncheon 500 litres, butt (here) 5…
Puncheon 500 litres, butt (here) …
Raymonds megadrams
Raymond's megadrams
Different tastes
Different tastes
IRN-BRU, Scottish second national …
IRN-BRU, Scottish second national…
Bladnoch, panoramic
Bladnoch, panoramic
Bladnoch
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