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Bruichladdich Whisky

Unusually for Islay, Bruichladdich's classic whisky is a light, unpeated dram with sweet fruit, salt and meadow flora. Their heavily peated whiskies in the classic Islay style are distilled and bottled under the Port Charlotte name, and they even produce the peatiest whisky ever; Octomore. Experiments with changes in their maturations, finishes and processes have created well over 100 different editions so it is difficult to talk about a house style but we love to see what they get up to.

 

Founded

1881

Owner

Remy Cointreau

Production Status

Operational

Capacity

1,500,000 Litres

 

Bruichladdich is like taking a step back into the 19th century. The mill used to grind the barley is the only working Bobby Mill that still runs on a belt driven system. Where the grist is taken by conveyor belts or archemedes screws in other distilleries, Bruichladdich still move it from the milling room by wheelbarrow. With the increasing modernity of distillery processes, Bruichladdich has been described as a 'working distillery museum'.

 

Bruichladdich, like many distilleries, has had its share of closures and changes in ownership. After a series of company mergers, in 1995 the distillery was filling for bulk stock requirements only until it was eventually shut down by White & Mackay because it was considered surplus to requirements. Only in 2001 did it find a caring owner in Murray McDavid, who had requested to buy the distillery every year for close to a decade before finally closing a deal of £6 million for the distillery with its stock. Unfortunately, he did not have enough money to renovate the distillery, so bringing it back to life was a slow process.

 

Because of the bulk stock production at the end of its previous life, Bruichladdich's cask selection standards had been very poor, requiring a lot of whisky to be re-racked into a whole range of newly bought casks. This is the main reason for the astounding number of interesting and limited releases that Bruichladdich have released in recent years. After building up the Bruichladdich name and introducing the peated Port Charlotte and Octomore brands, McDavid struck a deal with Remy Cointreau to sell the business for what seemed like the incredible sum of £58 million. In just 11 years, the value of Bruichladdich had increased almost 10 times over.

 

Under ownership of Remy Cointreau, the distillery has the resources to finally carry out some well earned renovations. They have settled on a more consistent and settled range, which includes the amazingly popular gin, The Botanist.

 

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A single cask bottling for Bruichladdich's Laddie Festival in 2010. This fresh sherry butt was filled in December 2004 with spirit distilled from Chalice barley grown on Kentraw Farm, located only a m...
Sherry
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A cask strength bottling from the early and rebellious days of The Laddie, not long after they took the distillery into private hands. Matured for 13 years and made from lightly peated malt so with al...
Bourbon
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Bruichladdich
£245.00
Edition .3 of the Octomore Mk.10 series uses barley grown, harvested and delivered by local Islay farmer James Brown. This release of 24000 bottles was matured for 6 years in American oak, and stands ...
Bourbon
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Octomore
Octomore 10.3 61.3% 70cl
£174.95
This is a single cask of heavily peated spirit from Bruichladdich Distillery, owned and bottled by the whisky writer Ian Buxton. Distilled in 2002, this release sold out extremely quickly after bottli...
Bourbon
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Port Charlotte
£225.00
This Bruichladdich has been bottled from a single barrel after 26 years of maturation. Bottled at cask strength and with natural colour. The cask number was 2864 and just 222 bottles came from it.
Bourbon
Bruichladdich
£219.95
If you want your whisky loaded with provenance then look no further than Octomore. They 9.3 release has been made using 100% Islay barley harvested in 2011. It was then distilled in 2012 and matured i...
Wine Finish
Octomore
£174.95
The smokiest and most intense Octomore ever bottled. The late harvest barley from Octomore farm has been peated to a tremendous 309.1ppm before being slowly distilled in the traditional whisky making ...
Octomore
Octomore 8.3 61.2% 70cl
£164.95
Following the 'Meleager', this second rare addition to the Renegade releases from Octomore was a bespoke bottling for Mark Reynier. Heavily peated Bruichladdich spirit (162.5ppm) was matured in French...
Sauternes Finish
Octomore
£245.00
A single cask of Port Charlotte whisky (Bruichladdich's heavily peated spirit) bottled by Dornoch's Thompson Bros. This is certainly the oldest Port Charlotte we have stocked yet, aged for 17 years, t...
Port Charlotte
£179.95

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