Auchentoshan Distillery releases commemorative ‘Blitz’ whisky

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70th anniversary of bombing raid on distillery

Auchentoshan Distillery is to release a special whisky to commemorate the anniversary of a World War II bombing raid.

The distillery will release 70 bottles of their 12-year-old malt to mark 70 years since sections of the Mountblow facility were hit by 18 German bombs during the Blitz.

Andrew Rankin, Auchentoshan Distillery operations director, told the Clydebank Post that 100,000 gallons of whisky were lost in the raid.

He said: “There was a total of 18 bombs dropped in the distillery grounds – it wasn’t just a stray bomb, it was a fairly concentrated activity.

“At that time Auchentoshan was much smaller and it only had two warehouses for making whisky – what we called warehouse one and three.

“Warehouse three suffered a direct hit and was basically destroyed.

“The distillery’s administration office took a direct hit and most of our records from that time were destroyed in the blaze.

“The distillery was closed for seven or eight years after that.”

The commemorative malt will go on sale at the visitor centre from March 14, priced £37.50.

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