I woke up a bit ago, checked my email, and saw a note from Bladnoch distillery's Hazel Barnes (behind every operation there's always a very smart woman running things):
I am pleased to let you know that your order was shipped out yesterday, I hope you have every success with your first Bladnoch order.
Have a great Christmas!
What fantastic news. Last March we weren't sure if this deal was going to happen, but we did everything in our power to make it so. We helped the distillery find 750ml bottles, we designed new labels, we printed the labels, and we helped them find an importer who would walk them through federal registration. We were so excited about becoming the first American retailer to carry distillery-direct single malt from Bladnoch that there was practically nothing we wouldn't do to make this happen.
We also really enjoyed our time with Colin Armstrong while visiting the distillery and have continued to enjoy his emails since. He's such a funny guy with a very direct and old school manner of speaking his mind. Raymond Armstrong and I have also shared some poignant emails and I'm hoping we can do a podcast one day that describes the hard work that turned what was supposed to be a real estate venture into the renaissance of Scotland's true Lowland distillery.
All in good time. Look for three official Bladnoch selections at K&L this coming February!