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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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A single cask Bruichladdich distilled in November 1993, matured for 15 years in a refill hogshead and bottled in November of 2008 as part of a release of 353 bottles.  More info
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
The progressive Hebridean distillers at Bruichladdich on the storm swept island of Islay have released their second edition of their fifteen year old whisky finished in Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes...  More info
A 15 year old from Scotland's most innovative distillery, Bruichladdich. This was bottled for the new range from Alchemist.  More info
The ninth release in the Links series of casks selected by Jim McEwan, the master distiller, the label on this 15 year old features a painting of Birkdale by the renowned golf artist, Graeme W...  More info
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The eight release in the Links series of casks selected by master distiller Jim McEwan. This 15 year old has a special label featuring a painting of Torrey Pine by the golf artist Graeme W. Baxter...  More info
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Part ten in the Golf themed Links series from Bruichladdich. Each bottle is made up of whisky from casks specially selected by Jim McEwan, the Laddie master distiller. This 15 year old features a golf...  More info
A 16 year old single cask Bruichladdich distilled in November of 1993, this was aged in a refill hogshead before bottling in July 2010 for Douglas Laing's stellar Old Malt Cask range. A release of 346...  More info
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Matured 100% in ex-bourbon casks, this 16 year old single malt proffers the chance to sample raw Bruichladdich, this bottling was launched to commemorate the 75th anniversary since US Prohibition was...  More info
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A 16 year old Bruichladdich, part of a release of 6,000 bottles. This is the Vancouver Golf Club edition from the Links series of Golf Themed whiskies with paintings by acclaimed golf artist Graeme...  More info
17 year old from the Alchemist range. This was distilled at the Bruichladdich distillery - so we're expecting lots of fruity, coastal flavour.  More info
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This Bruichladdich was matured in bourbon barrels before a finish in Fino sherry casks. Part of an outturn of 6,000 bottles.  More info
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This was made using something called "Cask Evolution Exploration". One suspects that means "finishing it in something exotic-sounding." This was aged in bourbon casks, before a finish in Tempranillo...  More info
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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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This is the first ever rum finished 'Laddie, this was matured for 15 years in bourbon before an additional 2 years in rum casks used to mature their Renegade rums. The rum came from the Uitvlugt and...  More info
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$92.67
A 1989 vintage from the Bruichladdich distillery and a very unusual whisky indeed; this was aged for 18 years in bourbon casks, before a finish in Kosher wine casks from the Carmel winery in Israel...  More info
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The rare first release of the bourbon matured expression from the Bruichladdich distillery, this 18 year old then enjoyed a further finish in Willi Opitz Pinot Noir casks and exhibits some crisp...  More info
$110.38
A limited release of 2,502 bottles, the 125th Anniversary from Bruichladdich is a rare 35 year old dram, distilled in 1970 and aged in American oak to commemorate the 125th Anniversary of the Islay...  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
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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$171.01
This bottling from Bruichladdich has been so-named 'redder still' for its scarlet hue, this single malt is a limited release of just 4,080 bottles, distilled in 1984, it has attained its colour from...  More info
Bruichladdich 1991
(70cl, 55.90%)
Distilled in 1991, this cask strength single malt was bottled in May of 2008, having been matured in refill sherry hogsheads, a rare independent bottling from Gordon and MacPhail.  More info
$119.67
Bottled by Gordon and MacPhail, this release of Bruichladdich was distilled at the Islay distillery in October 1991 and matured until September 2012. A spiffing single malt Scotch whisky, bottled at...  More info
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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
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