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New whisky from Bladnoch Distillery honours 204-year history

Scottish Lowland whisky distillery Bladnoch has announced its largest global release since the distillery was revived in 2015.

The new single malt whisky Vinaya, which means 'respect and gratitude' in Sanskrit, pays homage to the 204-year-old distillery's original founders and paves the way for more modern, innovative production at the facility, following its acquisition by David Prior in 2015.

The expression is created using a pairing of cask types not seen before from Bladnoch: ex-Bourbon and ex-sherry. It is non-chill filtered, naturally coloured and uses water sourced from the River Bladnoch.

Dr Nick Savage, Bladnoch's master distiller, said: "As the name suggests, Vinaya was inspired by teachings throughout the distillery’s heritage. From our original founders to our new era, we wanted to showcase the Lowland style of Bladnoch Distillery.

"By using first-fill ex-Bourbon barrels, we're able to highlight the floral notes from the distillery character along with refreshing, citrus sweetness. The first-fill ex-sherry casks then add a subtle rich body to the whisky and mouthfeel to the experience, finishing with notes of chocolate. These individual aspects combine to showcase the classic aspects of our distillery."

On the global release, David Prior said: "As we embark on the 204th year of Bladnoch Distillery, the launch of Vinaya feels particularly significant. It is important for us to show gratitude to the previous custodians of this historic brand and estate as we move forward into our most ambitious year yet."

24 March 2021 - Bethany Whymark