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Bruichladdich Scotch Whisky Distillery

Bruichladdich Distillery, Islay, Argyll, Scotland, PA49 7UN
Tel: +44 (0)1496 850221

Bruichladdich Distillery General Information
Current Owners click for detailsBruichladdich Distillery Company Ltd.
(pronounced "Brook Laddie" meaning "Shorebank")
Location Islay
Water source Private.
Stills 2 x wash stills and 2 x spirit stills.
Capacity per year 1,500,000 Litres
Status Active/Producing
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The ultimate marriage of young and old. ancient and modern. Master distiller Jim McEwan (ex Bowmore), twice Distiller of the Year, has overseen the renaissance of Bruichladdich. Joining up with friends Simon Coughlin, Mark Reynier (both ex Murray McDavid) and Gordon Wright (ex Springbank) to put this noble distillery back on the map.
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Bruichladdich Distillery History
1881 Established by Robert, William & John Gourlay Harvey
1886 Distillery re-built and reopened under the Bruichladdich Distillery Co (Islay)  Ltd(under Harvey family control)
1929 Silent until 1937
1938 Purchased by Hatim Attari, Joseph Hobbs and Alexander Tolmie and then soon after transferred to Associated Scottish Distillers Ltd (National Distillers of America)
1969 Acquired by Invergordon Distillers
1975 Another pair of stills added to original pair.
1993 Invergordon Distillers acquired by Whyted & Mackay
1995 Mothballed
2000 19th December 2000 bought by a small independent company of private individuals, headed by Mark Reynier, Gordon Wright and Simon Coughlin of Murray McDavid.
2001 29th May 2001 - first distillation after 5 months of refurbishment of the old existing machinery, much dating back to 1881. A new whisky, based on the original distillates from the end of the nineteenth century is the first: 'Port Charlotte', heavily peated at 40 ppm.
2001 1st June 2001 - The Bruichladdich 'Valincher' available. 50 cls bottles filled by hand by the purchaser at the distillery - in person.
2001 8th July 2001 - First distillation run of traditional Bruichladdich, distilled at 10 ppm phenolic content.
2001 5th September 2001 Scottish launch of the new bottlings of Bruichladdich 10 fifteen and twenty un chill filtered, un coloured and reduced to 46% with Islay Spring water.

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The distillery is fiercely proud of it's private status: 100% Private equity, mainly Scottish money including from Islay, registered in Glasgow. 100% private shareholders - no corporate bodies.

Bruichladdich Distillery Information
The distillery has been carefully restored and renovated with all the original equipment being retained rather than replaced with modern equivalents; there are no computers used in the production process. Casks are filled at the unusually high level of 70% for maximum aging potential. Careful, slow distillation (without computers but with the head and the heart) combined with the old equipment are producing extraordinary results in both quality and yields - much to the surprise of all concerned.

A variety of cask wood types are being laid down for full term maturation (the company does not believe in quick fix exotic 'finishes') woods include Port, Madeira, Rum, Sherry, and bourbon wood.
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Bruichladdich Distillery Bottlings
click for detailsBruichladdich 10 Year Old
Bruichladdich 15 Year Old
Bruichladdich 20 Year Old
Bruichladdich "Vintages"


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New bottlings - Rigorously selected, nosed and crafted by Jim McEwan. Now bottled at 46%, no chill filtration, colouration or homogenisation. Small batch bottling. First Edition out 5th September 2001. Bruichladdich 10, Fifteen and Twenty - all made specifically, though subtly, different. Three different versions of Bruichladdich - not just three ages of the same thing.

Bruichladdich Distillery Independent Bottlings

Bruichladdich Tasting Notes
Bruichladdich 10 Year Old
: Mellow Yellow.
BODY: Light fresh and full of vitality. It simply bursts from the glass.
NOSE: An assertive youthful bouquet with lots of honeysuckle, myrtle, green apple, soft pear, green grapes, garden mint, warm dry hay and oak shavings, add a sprinkle of salt and crushed sea shells. All intertwine and with no heavy peat reek to mask its zest the aromas intertwine and captivate the olfactory senses.
PALATE: It's simple and succulent with the sweet flavours of home made tablet, toasted malt and mead. This is followed by fresh citrus fruits, tangerine and orange, with a zip of sherbet that tickles the tongue and give the young perfectly interlaced flavours the opportunity to impress. Lastly a fresh ozone breeze ripples over the palate cooling the fire of youth.
FINISH: Like a Scottish Reel it is full of action. Not too long and takes your breath away. Genuinely lovely, this young islander deserves a larger audience.
Duncan Taylor Cask Strength Bruichladdich 1966 36 yr old
Deep amber gold color. The sweetest Bruichladdich that I have ever encountered. Big, rich, and full with sweet caramel and malt notes dominating. Incredibly long and viscous. The classic Islay peat assault takes a back seat in this beautifully styled malt. Excellent!
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Radical new packaging emphasising the marine location of the distillery, Islay's deep blue sea, aquamarine coastline vistas, and white sandy beaches. A Heavy decanter style bottle and a plutonium-like tube complete the dramatic presentation.
Bruichladdich 'Vintage' is an occasional, single cask bottling of superb and or unique cask unearthed by Jim McEwan and John Rennie that merits particular attention.
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Bruichladdich Distillery Visitor Information
Modern technology is not entirely spurned: broad band web cameras thoughout the distillery allow visitors to the Bruichladdich web site to see distillation cask filling and the comings and goings as well as just the weather.
Contact Person Chrisse Ferguson
Tel 01496 850 221
Fax 01496 850 477
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Mid March-October Mon-Fri 10:00am-4:00pm
Admission charge £3
Comments The original distillery full of old and original machinery from 1881. One of only three distilleries left with an open mash tun. And belt driven mill. A genuinely interesting tour - minus the corporate propaganda.

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