ONE of Scotland’s oldest whisky distilleries is to reopen following its acquisition by an Australian businessman.
David Prior has pledged “substantial investment” in Bladnoch Distillery, near Wigtown in Dumfries and Galloway.
The distillery, first opened in 1817, hasn’t produced whisky in six years and will need to be upgraded before production can be resumed.
Prior has recruited former Scotch Whisky Association chief executive Gavin Hewitt as a non-executive director of the new company, Bladnoch Distillery Limited.
“I am delighted to have been able to purchase a Scotch whisky distillery of such renown as Bladnoch,” said Prior.
“Scotch whisky is the world’s foremost spirit drink and I am proud to be part of the Scotch whisky industry.”
Hewitt added that it will be “wonderful to see one of Scotland’s oldest distilleries revived”.