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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 40 Year Old
(70cl, 43.10%)
A release of just 500 bottles, this 40 year old is the oldest bottling one can find from the Bruichladdich distillery, only 100 bottles have been allocated for the UK market.  More info
$2442.74
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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$50.78
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
$109.00
Port Charlotte PC7
(70cl, 61%)
PC7 is a heavily peated release from the Bruichladdich distillery from the limited release Port Charlotte range, this single malt has been bottled at the heady h8s of 61% abv and proffers the chance...  More info
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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
Moine Mhor is Gaelic and means 'big peat', it is a vatting of their different whiskies (thus the '3D'): the heavily peated 2001 Port Charlotte, moderately peated 1998 whisky and 1989 lightly peated...  More info
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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A rare release of 900 individually numbered bottles of 32 year old Bruichladdich. Jim McEwan, the master distiller, selected some of the oldest and rarest casks from the distillery to bottle as part...  More info
$331.38
When the current owners took over the Bruichladdich distillery there was a good stock of casks from the 1960s and 1970s. Whiskies from both have been used in DNA before a finish in Le Pin claret...  More info
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$706.32
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
Part of the Bruichladdich First Growth, but, curiously, not a first growth. Pomerol is one appellation that does not have designations like Premier Cru. Nonetheless, the top Pomerol wines (Le Pin...  More info
The 3rd edition of the 20 year old single from Bruichladdich matured in ex-bourbon barrels, this dram has enjoyed a flirtation in Malmsey casks and has a rich, spicy cooked fruit flavour - the Madeira...  More info
Packaged in a startling azure coloured bottle, Resurrection was the brainchild of Bruichladdich's Jim McEwan and was distilled from barley with 10ppm and matured in ex-bourbon casks for 8 years.  More info
Oooh la la. A superb Bruichladdich matured in wine barrels from one of the greatest wineries in the world: Chateau Haut-Brion from Pessac-Léognan! Makers of This is part of Bruichladdich's series of...  More info
The second edition of the 12 year old was matured in bourbon casks, some first fill, some re fill. Distilled from Optic barley, the malt was peated to 3ppm.  Originally Bruichladdich intended to keep...  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
$67.64
Part of a release of casks selected by Jim McEwan, the master distiller, the label on this 14 year old features a painting of K Club by the famous gold artist, Graeme W. Baxter.  More info
Mourvèdre is a strong, rich red grape, grown all over the world. This is a specially finished 20 year old from Bruichladdich.  More info
A Bruichladdich finished in one of the most famous and renowned Sauternes wineries in the world: the Bordeaux First Growth Chateau D'Yquem! A great addition to the series of first growth wine finished...  More info
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Bruichladdich, in true fashion, rather boldly released a range of six whiskies, finished in casks from First Growth French vineyards. This Cuvee A bottling was finished in Pauillac Casks from Chateau...  More info
The second in the Legacy series from Bruichladdich. The series is made up of the oldest and rarest casks at the distillery. Each bottle is adorned with artwork by Frances McDonald, the famed Scottish...  More info
$378.38
A 10 year old bottling from the Bruichladdich distillery, distilled during the few weeks of 1998 that the distillery was open and matured in an Oloroso sherry cask. The label features a Picasso-esque...  More info
A rare 33 year old Bruichladdich, part of the legacy series of old, rare casks selected by master distiller Jim McEwan. This comes as a release of just 1,600 numbered bottles, matured in a mix of...  More info
$356.67
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
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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