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Bruichladdich

Bruichladdich was built by Barnett Harvey in 1881. Five years later, the Bruichladdich Distillery Company was founded and renovation and refurbishment commenced. The ‘Laddie’, as it is affectionately known, is often considered to be the fruitiest, most inventive Islay malt and, indeed, there has been some contention as to whether it has truly attained Islay-status. Bruichladdich countered this with the introduction of the Port Charlotte range and later with the 2008-released Octomore, the world’s most heavily peated whisky with a phenol content of 131ppm.

The gentle character of the spirit is attributed by some to the milder weather conditions at Bruichladdich's locality, sheltered, as it is, from Mother Nature by the Rhinns, the rugged Islay mountain range. Following the death of the then owner, Barnett’s son William Harvey IV in 1936, the distillery was run by Kenneth Harvey and sold a year later to Joseph Hobbs for the sum of £23,000. Silent for the latter part of the Second World War, Bruichladdich closed its in-house maltings in 1961, bringing malt in from the Islay maltings at Port Ellen. Enjoying good fortunes, further stills were added in 1975 to grapple increasing demand.

Blenders Whyte and Mackay acquired the distillery under Invergordon Distillers in 1993. Just two years later, production ceased and in 2000 the distillery was purchased by Murray McDavid for £6.5m. The former Bowmore manager, Jim McEwan was brought in as Production Director, and in July of 2001 distillation began once more. Today the range is vast; many cask finishes, or 'ACE'd (additional cask enhancement) whiskies, have been released as well as the formerly mentioned peated offerings and, following a few successful years, the ‘Laddie’s’ future looks promising.

Bruichladdich Whisky Distillery

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About Bruichladdich Whisky Distillery

Distillery Number

01496 850221

Distillery Capacity

1 500 000 litres

Distillery Founded

1881

Distillery Status

Active

Distillery Owner

Bruichladdich Distillery Co

Distillery Address

Bruichladdich, Islay, Argyll

Distillery Website

www.bruichladdich.com

1881

Barnett Harvey builds the distillery with money left by his brother William III to his three sons William IV, Robert and John Gourlay. The Harvey family already owns the distilleries Yoker and Dundashill.

1886

Bruichladdich Distillery Company Ltd is founded and reconstruction commences.

1889

William Harvey becomes Manager and remains on that post until his death in 1937.

1929

Temporary closure.

1936

The distillery reopens.

1938

Joseph Hobbs, Hatim Attari and Alexander Tolmie purchase the distillery for £23 000 through the company Train & McIntyre.

1952

The distillery is sold to Ross & Coulter from Glasgow.

1960

A. B. Grant buys Ross & Coulter.

1961

Own maltings ceases and malt is brought in from Port Ellen.

1968

Invergordon Distillers take over.

1975

The number of stills increases to four.

1983

Temporary closure.

1993

Whyte & Mackay buys Invergordon Distillers.

1995

The distillery is mothballed in January.

1998

In production again for a few months, and then mothballed.

2000

After several years of attempts, Murray McDavid buys the distillery from JBB Greater Europe (previously Whyte & Mackay Group) for £6.5 million. 1.4 million litres of whisky from 1964 and younger is included in the purchase.

2001

Jim McEwan from Bowmore becomes Production Director. The first distillation (Port Charlotte) is on 29th May and the first distillation of Bruichladdich starts in July. In September the owners’ first bottlings from the old casks are released, 10, 15 and 20 years old.

2002

The world’s most heavily peated whisky is produced on 23rd October when Octomore (80ppm) is distilled.

2003

Bruichladdich becomes the only distillery on Islay bottling on-site. It is awarded Distillery of the Year for the second time and launches the golf series, Links, 14 years old.

2004

Second edition of the 20 year old (nick-named Flirtation) and 3D, also called The Peat Proposal, are launched.

2005

Several new expressions are launched - the second edition of 3D, Infinity (a mix of 1989, 1990, 1991 and Port Charlotte), Rocks, Legacy Series IV, The Yellow Submarine and The Twenty ‘Islands’.

2006

Included in a number of new releases in autumn is the first official bottling of Port Charlotte; PC5.

2007

New releases include Redder Still, Legacy 6, two new Links, PC6 and an 18 year old.

2008

More than 20 new expressions including the first Octomore, Bruichladdich 2001, PC7, Golder Still and two sherry matured from 1998.

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Bruichladdich Octomore
This single malt from Bruichladdich was distilled in 1984 and matured in 'dumpy' squat bourbon hogsheads for 23 years. The casks proffered greater wood contact and have imparted a golden hue to the...  More info
A Pedro Ximinez (sic) finished Bruichladdich. This is part of a release of 6,000 bottles of 17 years old whisky.  More info
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Bruichladdich 1984
(70cl, 46%)
A limited edition 1984 vintage from the Bruichladdich distillery, this single malt exudes Bruichladdich's coastal qualities with notes of fruit and beautiful dry spices.  More info
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$170.44
A special release from Bruichladdich for the 2010 Islay Festival, this was distilled in 2004 and aged in a fresh sherry butt (cask number 1667) before bottling as part of an outturn of 1060 50cl...  More info
$107.65
Bruichladdich Oirthir Gaidheal was released in celebration of Feis Ile 2009. This rare, one-off whisky was distilled on the 22nd April 1993, and it was aged in sherry wood. A release of 1,000 bottles.  More info
$339.47
Port Charlotte PC6
(70cl, 62%)
PC6 represents a peatier release from the Bruichladdich distillery, this 6 year old is part of the Port Charlotte series, a limited release of 18,000 and peated to 40ppm.  More info
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Matured largely in American oak, with a little Spanish oak. An increasingly rare first edition, the 15 year old is a great, fresh, lightly-peated offering from Bruichladdich.  More info
Increasingly a collector's item, this is the world's most heavily peated whisky at 140 ppm.  More info
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Bruichladdich Waves
(70cl, 46%)
A 2008 release from the Bruichladdich distillery and a light single malt. The name Waves suggests the notes of crisp, fresh fruits and a touch of light spice with a touch of typical 'Laddie coastal...  More info
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$51.26
This is a wonderfully rich, sherry-matured Bruichladdich from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask range. It was distilled in February 1992 before a 20 year maturation in a single refill sherry butt. Bottled...  More info
$152.15
Matured in hogsheads 83 and 84 for 19 years. This is a Signatory bottling from the Bruichladdich distillery, distilled on the 2nd November 1989 and bottling on the 26th August 2009. A release of 679...  More info
Do you remember a time when Bruichladdich bottles were tall and slender? Well this is a 15 year old bottle from that time (the '90s).  More info
From the Elements of Islay range from Speciality Drinks. Each is named in the style of a chemical element, each gives a hint at which distillery it might be from. This is Br1...  More info
A 32 year old bottling from the Bruichladdich distillery, this single malt was distilled in 1970 and has been solely matured in first fill American hogsheads and exudes some lovely ripe orchard fruit...  More info
Just 6,000 bottle of this single malt were released. This was distilled in 1998 and matured for 10 years in Manzanilla dry sherry casks and the label features a rather dramatic 'Picasso esque' print...  More info
A single cask from Islay. This was distilled at Bruichladdich in March 1990 and aged for 14 years in cask number 1066 before bottling in October 2004 for Douglas Laing's exceptional Old Malt Cask...  More info
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