Bladnoch Distillery wins prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise

204-year-old Lowland distillery, Bladnoch, is delighted to announce it has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for its excellence in International Trade.

Bladnoch Distillery is one of 226 organisations nationally to be recognised with the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise. Bladnoch Distillery is the oldest privately owned Scotch Whisky distillery and the first ever to be owned by an Australian. In 2015, businessman David Prior acquired Bladnoch, embarking on a new chapter in the history of the iconic distillery and created Pure Scot, an award-wining Blended Scotch inspired by the Australian and Scottish environment.

Nearly seven years on, and Bladnoch Single Malt and Pure Scot Blended Scotch Whiskies can be found in more than 50 countries worldwide and the company sells directly to consumers in the UK, Australia and the US via their fast growing e-commerce store.

Head of commercial, Will Pitchforth, remarked that “the growth of the Bladnoch Distillery business has been a reflection of the dedication to quality and exceptional whisky making, combined with a philosophy, core to our way of working, to conduct business with integrity and fairness, recognised by our network of trusted distributors around the world.”

Bladnoch is in the top three Lowland whiskies sold in almost all of its export markets, with Germany, China and the USA all growing at over 100% in the last year alone.

Pure Scot has found success in both traditional and developing export markets including Israel, Nigeria and Indonesia, finding favour with premium blended whisky consumers.