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Islay rye? Bruichladdich’s Allan Logan looks to the island’s whisky future

Marrying a progressive approach to ingredient sourcing, terroir and cask exploration with traditional hands-on production techniques, Islay-based Bruichladdich is a distillery for the ages. We chat with production director Allan…

Marrying a progressive approach to ingredient sourcing, terroir and cask exploration with traditional hands-on production techniques, Islay-based Bruichladdich is a distillery for the ages. We chat with production director Allan Logan about crafting the island’s first rye whisky, using ‘provenance’ as a buzzword, and why in 100 years’ time we might be sipping Islay oak-aged Scotch whisky

There are not many distilleries that balance heritage and innovation in the way that Bruichladdich does. So when Allan Logan came to London to host a tasting of the distillery’s recently-released Octomore Eights range – containing, among other drams, the world’s most heavily peated whisky – we jumped at the chance to speak with him.

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The Return of Ask #WhiskySanta… He’ll grant one wish per day!

[Update: He’s now giving gifts away at the checkout too!] Guess who is back… Back once again… #WhiskySanta is back! Tell all your friends and loved ones. Ho ho ho!…

Whisky Santa

[Update: He’s now giving gifts away at the checkout too!]

Guess who is back… Back once again… #WhiskySanta is back! Tell all your friends and loved ones. Ho ho ho! A bit of the M&M-style wrap for you there. I like to stay current.

That’s right, your favourite festive, omniscient, supernatural, heavily-bearded being is back from his holibobs. I may have only had ten months off after last year’s festivities (during which I even received a shiny ISC award) but a tinsel-covered alarm clock has gone off somewhere and I’m feeling extremely generous once again! Time to make some lists and check them twice – lists of people using #WhiskySanta, that is – before granting one wish per day for you lucky people for a second year running!

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#BagThisBottle Twitter Competition

Fancy getting your grubby mitts/filthy paws/noodly appendages on some free whisk(e)y? Then you’re in for a treat, as we’re running a competition which could bag you a bottle of spectacular…

#BagThisBottle Twitter Competition

Fancy getting your grubby mitts/filthy paws/noodly appendages on some free whisk(e)y? Then you’re in for a treat, as we’re running a competition which could bag you a bottle of spectacular whisk(e)y in just a few clicks of your mouse!

Alright, here’s the 4-1-1, folks. Every day of our #BagThisBottle campaign, we’ll be giving away a different bottle to a different lucky winner on Twitter. To be in with a chance to win, you’ll need to…

1) Follow the Master of Malt Twitter account.

2) Follow the Twitter account of that day.

3) Retweet our daily competition tweet before 08:59 (GMT) the following day.

With those three simple tasks completed, you’ll be in with a chance of winning! But what could you win? Read on to find out (and also check out the Terms & Conditions below too!)…

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Ask #WhiskySanta… He’ll grant one wish per day!

Greetings, chums. It’s your favourite festive, omniscient, supernatural, heavily-bearded being here, Whisky Santa! Around this time of year, I always start feeling particularly generous. Usually I just give the reindeer…

Whisky Santa Pug

Greetings, chums. It’s your favourite festive, omniscient, supernatural, heavily-bearded being here, Whisky Santa! Around this time of year, I always start feeling particularly generous. Usually I just give the reindeer some extra carrots and be done with it, but this year, I’m going all out with the presents for drinks fans. I’ve already upgraded 1 in 10 Whisky Advent Calendars to Premium Whisky Advent Calendars, and now, I’m going to grant one wish per day for you lucky people!

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Feis Ile 2014, Tales From The Isle – Bruichladdich Day

Greetings traveller,   In this issue of Tales From The Isle we travel to Bruichladdich over on the Rinns of Islay. This was good news for us as we’re actually…

Tales From The Isle Bruichladdich Feis Ile

Greetings traveller,

 

In this issue of Tales From The Isle we travel to Bruichladdich over on the Rinns of Islay. This was good news for us as we’re actually staying on the Rinns, although we still managed to arrive late for the Octomore Discovery tasting with Jim McEwan. Oops. Bruichladdich day is also one of Fèis Ìle’s most fun distillery days – watch your step though, for it takes place on the site of some dark happenings and black arts.

Indeed, this is place where things are taken right to the edge and are often shrouded in a Scotch mist of secrecy…

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Feis Ile 2012, Day 2

Having survived the wilds of Edinburgh and a skin-of-our-teeth race for the last ferry to Islay from Kennacraig, we found ourselves settled in to our exquisite cottage on Islay quite…

Having survived the wilds of Edinburgh and a skin-of-our-teeth race for the last ferry to Islay from Kennacraig, we found ourselves settled in to our exquisite cottage on Islay quite nicely. A little too nicely.

We began the day with rare and glorious sunshine, savoury crepes for breakfast, and the promise of an exceptionally brilliant day. After a bit of admin work (you can’t keep a nerd from his computer), we were on our way in the trusty Malt Mobile—now sullied with the carcasses of many an insect— to the Bruichladdich open day.

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Ardbeg Whisky

After one of the greatest montages in motion picture history (the training sequence in Rocky IV), came the epic fight between Rocky Balboa and Ivan Drago (a fight that ended…

 Ardbeg Supernova

After one of the greatest montages in motion picture history (the training sequence in Rocky IV), came the epic fight between Rocky Balboa and Ivan Drago (a fight that ended with a victorious Stallone and also what looked like the beginning of the end of the Cold War).

A similar title fight took place in the whisky world last year, when Bruichladdich flexed its peaty muscles with Octomore, and Ardbeg came back with a well-placed right hook in the form of Supernova – the peatiest Ardbeg yet – weighing in with peating levels of over 100ppm!

The interesting thing was Bruichladdich’s riposte – Octomore 02.1, a monstrously phenolic whisky at 140ppm. The odd thing is, it just doesn’t knock your socks off like Supernova does. The ‘Laddie just doesn’t seem as punchy, and perhaps this is because Bruichladdich’s style is much lighter and fruitier than Ardbeg.

When we first tasted Supernova we were beguiled by the medium weight nose of toffee and tequila. It leads you into a false sense of security. What comes next is a palate entry of mescal, smoked paprika and iodine, and then it develops into the biggest chili hit you’ll ever experience in the world of spirits. It’s just mind-blowing!

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Bruichladdich Whisky

    Bruichladdich’s New Releases for 2010           The Bruichladdich distillery is one of Scotland’s most innovative. Their back catalogue is massive, and they are constantly…

 

 

Bruichladdich’s New Releases for 2010

 

 

 

 Bruichladdich Whisky Distillery

 

 

The Bruichladdich distillery is one of Scotland’s most innovative. Their back catalogue is massive, and they are constantly finding new ways of breathing new life into a centuries old industry. 

 

Peating levels, barley strains and distillation methods are all fair game for their whisky alchemy and Jim McEwan, the Master Distiller at ‘Laddie, is an ardent fanatic when it comes to sourcing casks – they’ve used casks from first growth Bordeaux wineries – a 16 year old Château Lafite Finish for example – we’ve sampled a wonderful Guyanan rum finish and have even witnessed them delve into the occult with the 1989 vintage Black Art, finished in bourbon barrels and a medley of wine casks in the “stygian darkness of Warehouse No.12” (the tin and bottle are even emblazoned with a rather sinister looking pentagram!). 

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