THREE and a half years of persistence have paid off for Demijohn who have managed to land Bladnoch Whisky in their shops.
Once owned by Guinness, Bladnoch Distillery is now privately owned by Raymond Armstrong and the old casks are far and few between. For three and a half years Demijohn have been trying to get their hands on one of the original casks and have finally hit gold.
A 20-year old Bladnoch Single Malt arrives at cask strength in the Demijohn shops in April and such is its rarity that it is immediately a collectable item. But it is not a dram to be safely stored on the shelf – it is definitely to be drunk now. With a delicious nose of honeyed apples, the palate has a light citrus fruit taste with a strong hint of oakwood.
Demijohn Managing Director Angus Ferguson says: “Bladnoch is Scotland’s southern most distillery and my ‘local’. With my Galloway connections I have been negotiating quite literally for years with Raymond to purchase an original Bladnoch cask, and finally it has happened. The wait is well worth it as this is the rarest whisky we have ever stocked. Given its southerly location and warmer Galloway air its Lowland style adds a delicious new taste to our range of whiskies.
“Bladnoch only sell direct from the distillery and now from us. We have just one cask so stocks will be limited and we would encourage any whisky drinkers to purchase quickly before we run out.”
Demijohn has a range of about four single malt whiskies on tap and many more unusual spirits, liqueurs, wines, oils and fruit vinegars. 20 Year Old Bladnoch Single Malt 52.1% is available from www.demijohn.co.uk and from the shops in Edinburgh, Glasgow and York.
Priced at £15.20/100ml http://www.demijohn.co.uk/product.php?product=WK0612DJL