Bruichladdich Islay Whisky Distillery
Although as much an Islay whisky as Laphroig this whisky likes to stand out from the crowd and is not (usually) the heavily peated smoky whisky you expect from Islay whiskies and indeed revels in its reputation as the black sheep of the island. Building on Bruichladdich Distillery commenced in 1881 when the Harvey brothers founded the distillery and it soon became the Bruichladdich Distillery Company. The distillery fell silent in 1929 and didn’t re-open for 8 years when bought by a J Hobbs, A Tolmie and H Attari and soon after was moved on to the Associated Scottish Distillers Ltd. Invergordon then took ownership in 1969 adding much needed capacity before Whyte & Mackay acquired Invergordon and mothballed the great Bruichladdich. However the story does not end there, indeed it just gets started.
A Murray McDavid bought Bruichladdich in 2000 and employed Jim McEwan of Bowmore to revive ‘the Laddie’ which is located on the east side of the Rhinns (mountain range) protecting it from the worst of the weather and is said to give it a character. With private ownership and without the pressures of corporations Bruichladdich have been leading form the front with cask enhancement which means finishing the whisky in a wide variety of casks including the weird and wonderful Australian desert wine casks and Madiera. This has seen them pick up many awards in recent years and is enjoying taking on the big boys in the market place. Scottish owned and very proud of it.
Taste: The popular 12 year old is the fruity Islay, fruity fruity fruity. There are peated releases like Octomore which would blow your smoky socks off.
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