About Bruichladdich Whisky Distillery
1 500 000 litres
Bruichladdich Distillery Co
Bruichladdich, Islay, Argyll
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.
Bruichladdich Distillery Company Ltd is founded and reconstruction commences.
William Harvey becomes Manager and remains on that post until his death in 1937.
The distillery reopens.
Joseph Hobbs, Hatim Attari and Alexander Tolmie purchase the distillery for £23 000 through the company Train & McIntyre.
The distillery is sold to Ross & Coulter from Glasgow.
A. B. Grant buys Ross & Coulter.
Own maltings ceases and malt is brought in from Port Ellen.
Invergordon Distillers take over.
The number of stills increases to four.
Whyte & Mackay buys Invergordon Distillers.
The distillery is mothballed in January.
In production again for a few months, and then mothballed.
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.
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.
The world’s most heavily peated whisky is produced on 23rd October when Octomore (80ppm) is distilled.
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.
Second edition of the 20 year old (nick-named Flirtation) and 3D, also called The Peat Proposal, are launched.
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’.
Included in a number of new releases in autumn is the first official bottling of Port Charlotte; PC5.
New releases include Redder Still, Legacy 6, two new Links, PC6 and an 18 year old.
More than 20 new expressions including the first Octomore, Bruichladdich 2001, PC7, Golder Still and two sherry matured from 1998.