In 2014 the judge ordered liquidation of Bladnoch Distillery due to major and unsolvable dispute between two owners and very few believed that three years later the distillery would celebrate its 200th Anniversary.
Just months after the court ruling it was acquired by David Prior, an Australian entrepreneur, who made its fortune in the dairy industry. Prior made a substantial investment in restoring the distillery, which resumed distillation in 2017. In October 2015 he launched Pure Scot in Australia, a blend for ‘the modern whisky consumer’. Pure Scot is a creation of Ian Macmillan, master blender whom he hired from Burn Stewart Distillers. The key malt is naturally Bladnoch (apparently 9 years old), which he blended with aged Speyside, Highland and Islay malts and grain whisky.
Nose: smooth, vanilla, toffee, buttered toast, sultanas, allspice, roasted nuts, touch of hay, stewed apples and hints of pipe tobacco.
Palate: malty and slightly grassy, vanilla, toffee, honey, milk chocolate, raisins, pepper, ginger and faint whiff of tobacco smoke.
Finish: medium long, with notes of vanilla, milk chocolate, pepper and tobacco.