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Pronounced ‘Brook-Laddie’ and meaning ‘shore bank’ in Gaelic, the Bruichladdich distillery was built in 1881 by the Harvey brothers on the western shore of Loch Indaal on the Isle of Islay, making it the most westerly working distillery in Scotland, second only to Kilchoman.
In 2004 Bruichladdich was the first distillery to grow barley locally on Islay for its single malts, probably the first time this had been done in the island’s history. It now works with ten local farms, releasing the whiskies in its Islay Barley single vintage series. It is also a major distiller of organic barely and explores heritage barleys such as Bere Barley.
Affectionately known as ‘The Laddie’, the distillery is unusual in that its two wash and two spirit copper pot stills are exclusively used to produce its own single malt whisky bottlings. Bruichladdich is not produced for use in blends. A fifth still, a Lomond pot-still, uniquely adapted by head distiller Jim McEwan, is used to make The Botanist Gin using 22 locally foraged botanicals.
Three different styles of single malt whisky are made by the “Progressive Hebridean Distillers” at Bruichladdich with three different brand names representing three varying degrees of peat:
Bruichladdich: Always unpeated. Light, fruity, delicate and elegant.
Port Charlotte: Heavily peated to 40ppm. Peat with finesse and elegance.
Octomore: (released in 2008) Super heavily peated to 160ppm + and billed as being the world’s most heavily peated whisky.
All whisky and gin produced at Bruichladdich Distillery is reduced to bottling strength using Islay spring water from nearby Octomore Farm, and bottled on Islay without chill-filtration or caramel colouring.
Bruichladdich is one of eight distilleries which huddle on Islay, a windswept island lying off the West Coast of Scotland, the southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides, about twenty miles from Ireland. Pronounced ‘Eye-La’, the island is 25 miles long and is populated by a little over 3,000 people.
Lying on the western shore of Loch Indaal on the A847 coastal road, Bruichladdich overlooks the North Atlantic Ocean and until Kilchoman Distillery opened was the most westerly working distillery in Scotland.
Although in an exposed coastal position the distillery is partially sheltered from the worst of the storms by the Rhinns, the Islay’s rugged mountain range. Some attribute Bruichladdich’s milder weather conditions to its comparatively gentle character compared to other Islay malts.