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Whiskymag 137 July _Aug 2016

Bruichladdich Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Islay Distillery Information

Bruichladdich Distillery Co. Ltd


Isle of Islay, Argyll,

Scotland, PA49 7UN

(0)1496 850 190


Public Tours


Lorna or Mary would be glad to organise a tour of the distillery for you. The distilling team will be glad to answer any questions you may have. Please Email Mary on   +44 (0)1496 850 190

Founded in 1881 by Robert William and John Harvey

Location Islay Region Loch Indaal District

Water source Octomore spring


Bruichladdich Scotch Whisky Distillery Equipment

Original 1900s cast iron mash tun.

6 Oregon pine washbacks

4 Swan necked stills

Matured in ex bourbon and sherry refilled casks.

Also various wine casks are used for finishing.

In 2011 A lomond still was installed for Gin production

July 2012

Mark Reynier,  managing director and co founder of the restored Bruichladdich distillery has seen the company sold against his will, advice and vote to Remy Cointreau.


The deal – for a reputed £58 million, will see the French drinks giant get its first toehold in the valuable specialist Scotch whisky market


Bruichladdich Distillery History

Established by Robert, William & Barnett Harvey in1881 the distillery was re-built and reopened under the Bruichladdich Distillery Co (Islay) Ltd (under Harvey family control) in 1886 Robert Harvey was the First manager.


1897 Barnet Harvey, founder of Bruichladdich, dies without issue


In 1889 William Harvey takes over as Manager until his death in 1937


A New Mash Tun arrives from Bunnahabhain at some point in 1900


The distillery was silent from 1929 until 1937 when it was purchased by the partnership of Hatim Attari, Joseph Hobbs and Alexander Tolmie. Quickly afterwards transferred to Associated Scottish Distillers Ltd (National Distillers of America)


Silent during the Second World War 1941 to 1945


A new Boiler house was built in 1949


During 1952 the distillery was bought by Ross and Coulter Ltd (Glasgow whisky brokers), just avoiding DCL’s control, which acquired Train & McIntyre in 1953


AB Grant buys the distillery in 1960 following the freeing of Scotch whisky exports from post- war rationing. The new owners began a programme of modest expansion of output, which had nearly doubled capacity from the original designed volume.


Acquired by Invergordon Distillers for £40,000 in 1969


At some point in 1975 Invergordon extended the distillery, enlarging the mash house and tun room and adding second pair of Stills, now four stills, bringing annual capacity to 800,000 proof gallons.


The original mill and washbacks installed by the Harvey brothers remain. Bruichladdich has tall stills which produce a relatively clean spirit and is certainly light-bodied in comparison to most of the other Islay malts


In 1993 Invergordon Distillers was acquired by Whyte & Mackay who mothball the distillery two years later in 1995.  


New Owners

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.


29th May 2001 - first distillation after 5 months of refurbishment of the old existing machinery, 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.


1st June 2001 - The Bruichladdich 'Valincher' available. 50cl bottles filled by hand by the purchaser at the distillery


8th July 2001 - First distillation run of traditional Bruichladdich, distilled at 10 ppm phenolic content.


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.


This distillery is on the beautiful western shore of Loch Indaal. Production started in 1881 by the Harvey brothers


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.


Distilled on Victorian machinery for purity. Unpeated barley gives the floral character. Tall, narrow-necked stills provide a medicine-free, medium weight body. American oak casks introduce vanilla notes. Naturally bottled for maximum flavour and rich texture. Recently released peated versions provide the smoke.


All the whiskies are bottled where they were distilled - at Bruichladdich. Matured beside the ocean for Atlantic freshness. Only pure, Islay spring water is added to reduce from cask strength to 46%. Nothing is taken away - all whiskies are non chill-filtered and are colouring-free.


Freedom of Expression

Bruichladdich Distillery is a small, private company, free to make whisky the way they like and feel they do not have to conform. By industry levels the bottlings are small; since they bottle naturally, they cannot seek to standardise. When new cask types, ages, and styles become available, a new edition is released to replace the previous. This means numerous batch names are used. as the Bruichladdich brand evolves.


They hope you enjoy comparing and contrasting.


Bruichladdich Single Malt Whisky Distillery Edition Bottlings.


The Classic Laddie

Islay Barley 2007 Rockside Farm

Black Art part 4

The Organic Scottish Barley

Bere Barley 2nd edition


Port Charlotte - Heavily Peated

Scottish Barley


Islay Barley (maturing not ready yet)


Octomore – Super Heavily Peated

Scottish Barley


0.63 Islay Barley (maturing not ready yet)


Bruichladdich Single Malt Scotch Whisky Independent Bottlings


Berry's Own


Box (Sweden)



Coopers Choice

Dewar Rattray]

Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask, Provenance

Duncan Taylor Collection, Cask Strength, Peerless

Dun Eideann

Eidora (Germany)

Golden Cask

Gordon & MacPhail  

Hart Brothers

Japan Import System

Malts of Scotland

Murray McDavid,

Old Masters (James McArthur &Co)

Scott's Selection



Whisky Fair (Germany)

Bruichladdich Scotch Whisky

Distillery Style Tasting Notes

Nose: Floral, fruity, a whiff of sea breeze, cream crackers and fresh peat.


Palate: Light to medium bodied. Malty with citrus fruits and honey. Fresh peatiness.


Finish: Long, complex and mouth-watering.


The Distillery also produces whiskies with various levels of peat and different cask finishes.

Bruichladdich Single Malt Scotch Whisky  Awards

Certificate of Excellence for the year 2012 by TripAdvisor.

Laddie 10 best new whisky of 2012 at the Drammie Awards.

Bruichladdich Distillery winners of The Energy Institute Environment Award, 2011 for "Whisky waste to distillery power"

Distillery of the year 2001 & 2003 Malt Advocate

Queens Award For International Trade 2005

Innovator of the year 2004 Whisky Magazine

Personality of the year 2004 Jim McEwan- Whisky Magazine

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