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Distillery in Focus:           Bruichladdich
Region: Islay
Name: Bruichladdich Distillery (“Shore bank”).
Status: Active
Website: www.bruichladdich.com
Telephone: 01496 850 221
Address: Bruichladdich, Isle of Islay
Visitor centre: Yes
Owner: Remy Cointreau.
Established in 1881.
Stills: 2 Wash, 2 Spirit, and 1 Lomond stills.
Percentage of single malts: 100%
Casks used for maturation are sherry (15%), bourbon casks (70%) and wine casks (15%).

Regular Bottling:
Bruichladdich Ten (until 2005) 46%
Bruichladdich 12 (from 2005) 46%
Bruichladdich Fifteen 46%
Bruichladdich XVII 46%
Bruichladdich The Twenty 46%
Bruichladdich Forty 43.1%
In addition to the "standard" range, Bruichladdich has released several vintages (e.g.,1970, 1973, 1984, Full strength), the Legacy and Links series, as well as special releases (Bruichladdich Enlightenment, Bruichladdich 3D, Bruichladdich The Yellow Submarine).

For tasted whiskies, click here.

Contributed to the following blends: No blenders are supplied by Bruichladdich.

In addition to the lightly peated (3-5 ppm of phenol) barley used for the Bruichladdich whisky, Port Charlotte (40 ppm) was distilled for the first time in 2001 (29th May 2001) and the world's most heavily peated whisky, Octomore (80 ppm) in 2002 (23rd October 2002). In July 2005, the first triple distillation was run (Bruichladdich Tresatrig). The world first quadruple-distilled whisy, the Usquebaugh-baul was distilled at 11.30 on Monday the February 27th 2006.

Some Bruichladdich original bottlings. From left to right: the old 15 and 21 YO, Bruichladdich The Twenty (second edition), Valinch (Queen's Award Feis Ile 2005), The Enlightenment and the 1984.

Since its founding in 1881, as a state-of- the-art distillery, Bruichladdich distillery has retained its Victorian legacy in spite of the wind of change brought by Jim McEwan and the Murray MacDavid team (Mark Reynier, Simon Coughlin [both previous wine sellers in London] and Gordon Wright [former Springbank distillery director]) in 2001.


History of Bruichladdich

Bruichladdich was originaly built in 1881 by John MacDonald of Glasgow Tollcross for the Harvey brothers (Robert, William and John Gourlay), a family who already owned Yoker and Dundashill distilleries in Glasgow, the latter being the largest malt distillery of Scotland at that time. As the demand of blended scotch was replacing the malt whiskies in the 1880s, Bruichladdich decided to produce a lighter whisky than the other Islay distilleries, as with Bunnahabhain Disitllery. The distillery was rebuilt in 1886 and the family consolidated their interests in the Bruichladdich Distillery Company (Islay) Ltd. At the time of Alfred Barnard's visit, the distillery was producing 94'000 gallons (427'000 litre) of spirit per annum. The distillery remained under the same ownership, but closed its door in 1929 during the big recession (and the American Prohibition). The doors reopened in 1937 after the purchase of the distillery H. Attari, A.W. Tolmie and J.W. Hobbs (who already owned several distilleries such as Glenkinchie, Benromach and Ben Nevis) who transfered it in 1938 to the Associated Scottish Distillers Ltd (National Distillers of America), an American investment company. With the start of the Second World War and the rationalisation of the ressources (i.e., barley), the distillery was forced to close from 1939 to 1945 and the distillery passed thence to Ross and Coulter in 1952. In 1960, A.B. Grant bought Ross and Coulter and doubled the capacity of the distillery before Invergordon Distillers took over in 1968. In 1975, Invergordon added two new stills to the distillery (from two to four). Due to whisky overstocks, the distillery was temporarly closed in 1983 and then mothballed from 1995 to 2000, with a short production in 1998. In the meantime, Whyte & Mackay bought Invergordon in 1993, was again sold 2 years later to Jim Beam Brands (american bourbon distiller). Finally, on the 19th Dec. 2000, the distillery was bought by the Muray McDavid consortium led by Mark Reynier, Simon Coughlin and Gordon Wright. This is now a private Scottish company with a base of 45 individuals of Islay landowners (and some American shareholders (25%)). The distillery was bought for £6.5 million, including a stock of 1.4 mio litres and a further £1 mio worth of stock (for the Murray McDavid independent bottling activity). In 2001, a heavily peated whisky was distilled, the Port Charlotte (40 ppm). One year later, in 2002, the world's most heavily peated was produced, the Octomore (80.5 ppm). Jim McEwan and the Bruichladdich Distillery Ltd continued with innovations and produced an organic whisky in 2003 and the first triple distilled spirit in Islay in 2005, the trestarig, as well as the first bere barley whisky in this millenium on January 25, 2006. To my knowledge, the last whisky distilled from bere barley was done in the mid 1980s by Michel Couvreur).
The output in 2005 was 475'000 litres or 55'000 litres more than in 1881. In 2006, the production is expected to reach 600'00 litres. With the strong perfomance of Bruichladdich whisky (e.g, in Russia), the output will increase in the future. The maximal capacity of Bruichladdich is of 1'500'000 litres.

Update:

In February 2010, during the renovations of the still house, a Lomond still from the old Inverleven (Dumbarton) distillery was added to the 2 pairs of spirit and wash stills. The distillery was sold in July 2012 for £56mio to Remy Cointreau.

The traditionnal wooden washbacks and the still house, with the 4 stills.
Most of the warehouses in Bruichladdich are tradionnal dunnage on two rows. Bruichladdich bottling hall. Bruichladdich is one of the few distillery to have its own bottling hall.

Source: www. bruichladdich.com, Distillery Visit, The Scotch Whisky Book by Tom Bruce-Gardyne and The Scotch Whisky Distilleries by Misako Udo.
©P.Brossard 11Feb06. Last update: 26 July 2012

Tasted whiskies (110):

Bruichladdich

Octomore

Port Charlotte

Bruichladdich:

Official/original bottlings (OB)  
Age  
Bruichladdich X4 -Islay Spirit, OB, 50%, B:2009 Rating: 03/20
Bruichladdich X4+1 Deliverance, 1 YO, OB, 65.4%, B: 2008 Rating: N/A
Bruichalddich X4 Futures 2006, OB, 64.6%, B: 2011. Rating: 05/20
Bruichladdich The Laddie Ten, 10 YO, OB, 46%, B: 2011 Rating: 14/20
Bruichladdich X4+3, 3 YO, OB, 63.5%, B:2009 Rating: 05/20
Bruichladdich The Organic, 5 YO, OB, 46%, B 2010 Rating: 09/20
Bruichladdich 8 YO For Travel Retail, OB, 50%, B:2016. Rating: 10/20
Bruichladdich 10 YO Samaroli, OB, 58%, B: 1970s Rating: 16/20
Bruichladdich The Laddie Ten, 10 YO, OB, 50%, B:2016 Rating: 13/20
Bruichladdich 15 YO, 43%, B: 1980s, 75 cl Rating: 17/20
Bruichladdich 15 YO Duke of Edinburgh, OB, B:2007, 54% Rating: 16/20
Bruichladdich 17 YO Rum cask,OB, 46%, B: 2009 Rating: 12/20
Bruichladdich 17 YO for Moon Import, OB, 53%, B:1981 Rating: 17/20
Bruichladdich 18 YO, OB, 46%, B: 2007 Rating: 13/20
Bruichladdich 20 YO 1st edition , OB, 46%. B:2003 Rating: 16/20
Bruichladdich 20 YO Flirtation, , OB, 46%. B:2004 Rating: 13/20
Bruichladdich Black Art 4.1, 23 YO, OB, 49.2%, B:2014. Rating: 16/20
Bruichladdich 27 YO Stillman’s dram, OB, 45% Rating: 15/20
   
Vintages  
Bruichladdich 1965 95 Proof for Samaroli, 10 YO, OB, 57%, B: 1975. Rating: 17/20
Bruichladdich 1965 Royal Wedding Decanter, 15 YO, OB, 52%, B:1980 Rating: 16/20
Bruichladdich 1970, 31 YO, OB, 44.2% B: 2002. Rating: 17/20
Bruichladdich 1984 Redder Still, 23 YO, OB, 4000 b., 50% Rating: 09/20
Bruichladdich 1993 Barolo wood, 14 YO, OB, 46%, B: 2007 Rating: 09/20
Bruichladdich 1998 Manzanilla, 10 YO, OB, 46%, B: 2008 Rating: 14/20
Bruichladdich 1998 Oloroso, 10 YO, OB, 46%, B: 2008 Rating: 13/20
Bruichladdich 1991 Ghostship, 16 YO, OB, 54.5%, c. 525 Rating: 09/20
Bruichladdich 1993 Oirthir Gaidheal Islay Festival 2009, 16 YO, OB, 53.6%, B: 2009, c. 013. Rating: 12/20
Bruichladdich 2001 Renaissance Feis Ile 2011, 9 YO, OB, 46%, B: 2011, 2000 bottles. Rating: 11/20
Bruichladdich 2001 10 PPM Feis Ile 2016, OB, 50%, B:2016. Rating: 10/20
Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2004 Kentraw Farm Foreland, OB, 50%, B. 2011 Rating: 10/20
Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2006, OB, 50%, B: 2012 Rating: 13/20
Bruichladdich Islay Barley Rockside Farm 2007, OB, 50%, B: 2013 Rating: 12/20
Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2007 Rockside Farm, OB, 50.1%, B:2015 Rating: 12/20
   
   
No Age Specified (NAS)  
Bruichladdich 3D3 The Norrie Campbell Tribute, OB, 46%, B: 2006 Rating: 13/20
Bruichladdich 1st Growth Cuvee E Chateau d'Yquem, 16 YO, OB, 46%, B:2008 Rating: 13/20
Bruichladdich High Noon Feis Ile 2015, OB, 48.7%, B:2015, 1881 b. Rating: 14/20
Bruichladdich Infinity 1st Edition, OB, 55.5%, B: 2006 Rating: 16/20
Bruichladdich Laddie Classic 01, OB, 46%, B: 2010 Rating: 13/20
Bruichladdich Legacy 6, 36 YO, OB Rating: 17/20
Bruichladdich Links Birkdale, 15 YO, OB, 46%, B: 2008 Rating: 13/20
Bruichladdich Mhoine Mhor 3D-2, NAS, OB, 50% Rating: 09/20
Bruichladdich Scottish Barley, OB, 50%, B:2013. Rating: 10/20
Bruichladdich Sherry classic, OB, 46%, B: 2010 Rating: 12/20
Bruichladdich The palace Partnership, 15 YO, OB, 53.1%. D: 1989 Rating: 09/20
Bruichladdich Queen's Award, 16 YO, OB, 55.7% D :1989 Rating: 16/20
Bruichladdich Waves, OB, 46%, B:2009 Rating: 12/20
Bruichladdich Yellow Submarine, 14 YO, OB, 46%, B:2006 Rating: 10/20

 

Independent bottlings (IB)  
Alexander Weine  
Bruichladdich 2003 Swisslinks 1, 6 YO, Alexander Weine, 63.90%. B: 2009, cask 254 Rating: 13/20
   
Cadenhead's  
Bruichladdich 1969, 30 YO, Cadenhead's, 46.5%, B: 2000, 150 b. Rating: 18/20
   
Douglas Laing  
Bruichladdich 1966 Old Malt Cask, 35 YO, D. Laing, 40.5%, B: 2001 Rating: 10/20
Bruichladdich OMC 1988, 19 YO, D. Laing, 50%, B: 2007, C. 3839, 328 b Rating: 13/20
Bruichladdich OMC 1993, 14 YO, D. Laing, 50%, B: 2007, C. 3826, 352 b. Rating: 10/20
Bruichladdich 1990 Director’s cut, 21 YO, D. Laing, 57.1%, c. 8937. Rating: 14/20
   
Gordon & MacPhail (G&M)  
Bruichladdich 1964, 28 YO, G&M, B. 1993, 50.6%, c. 3670-2 Rating: 18/20
   
Hart Brothers  
Bruichladdich 1966, 35 YO, Hart Brothers, 44.5%, B: 2001 Rating: 17/20
   
Jack World Wiebers World of Whisky (JWWW)  
Bruichladdich 1966 Prenzlow, JWWW, 44.3%, B: 2002, 120 bottles. Rating: 19/20
   
James MacArthur  
Bruichladdich 1988, 20 YO, James MacArthur, 52.6%, B: 2008, c. 2883 Rating: 15/20
   
Mackillops  
Bruichladdich 1970, Mackillops, 45.8%, B: 2000, cask 4781 Rating: 16/20
   
Malts of Scotland  
Bruichladdich 2003 Robin Laing Selection, Malts of Scotland, 58.4%, B:2015, c.15015, 313 b. Rating: 14/20
   
Moon Import  
Bruichladdich Penny Black, 21 YO, Moon Import, 46%, B: 1989 Rating: 17/20
   
Rest & Be Thankful Whisky Co  
Bruichladdich  2003, 12 YO, Rest & Be Thankful, 59.3%, B:2015, 527 b. Rating: 11/20
   
Samaroli  
Bruichladdich 1965 Mayflower 80, Samaroli, 43%, B:1980, 1000 b. Rating: 17/20
   
Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)  
Bruichladdich 1993 23.60, 15 YO, SWMS, 51.4%. B:2008 Rating: 14/20
   
Signatory and Dun Eideann  
Bruichladdich 1979,Dun Eideann, 57.6%, B: 1996, c. 306 Rating: 15/20

 

Octomore

Official/original bottlings (OB)  
Age  
Octomore 10 YO 80.5 PPM, OB, B: 2012, 6000 b. Rating: 14/20
Octomore 10 YO 2nd edition 167 PPM, OB, 57.3%, B:2016 Rating: 15/20
   
Vintages  
Octomore 2004 The Beast II 167 ppm Futures, OB, 60.5%, B: 2011. Rating: 07/20
Octomore 2007 X4 Discovery Feis Ile 2014, OB, 69%, B:2014, 1695 b. Rating: 08/20
   
No Age Specified (NAS)  
OctomoreFutures 2002, OB, 5 YO, 46%, B: 2008. 9600 bottles Rating: 11/20
Octomore 01.1(Bruichladdich), 5 YO, OB, 63.5%, B: 2008 Rating: 13/20
Octomore 2.1 140, 5 YO, OB, 62.5%, B: 2009 Rating: 14/20
Octomore 3_152 Ochmadh-mor, 5 YO, OB, 59%, B: 2010 Rating: 14/20
Octomore Comus 4.2 167 ppm, 5 YO, OB, 61%, B: 2012 Rating: 13/20
Octomore 4.167 Orpheus, 5 YO, OB, 62.5%, B: 2011 Rating: 13/20
Octomore 6.1 Scottish Barley 167 ppm, 5YO, OB, 57%, B:2013 Rating: 08/20
Octomore 6.2, 5 YO, OB, 58.2%, B: 2014 Rating: 15/20
Octomore 6.3 Islay Barley, OB, 64%, B: 2014 Rating: 12/20
Octomore 7.1 Scottish Barley 208 PPM, 5 YO, OB, 59.5%, B:2015 Rating: 13/20
Octomore 7.2 208 PPM Travel Retail, 5 YO, OB, 58.5%, B:2015. Rating: 11/20
Octomore 7.3 Islay Barley 169 PPM, 5 YO, OB, 63.0%, B:2015. Rating: 15/20

 

Independent bottlings (IB)  
Elements of Islay  
Octomore OC1, Elements of Islay, Elements of Islay, 65.4%. Rating: 13/20
   
Rest & Be  
Octomore 2009 Chateau Laffite, Rest & Be, 66.9%, B:2016, cask 2009004312 Rating: 15/20

 

 

Port Charlotte

Official/original bottlings (OB)  
Age  
Port Charlotte PC6, 6 YO, OB, 61.6%, B: 2007 Rating: 15/20
Port Charlotte PC7 Sin An Doigh Ileach, 7 YO, OB, 61%, B: 2008, 24,000 b. Rating: 16/20
Port Charlotte PC8 Ar Duthchas, 8 YO, OB, 60.5%, B: 2009 Rating: 16/20
Port Charlotte PC10, 10 YO, OB, 59.8%, B: 2012 Rating: 14/20
Port Charlotte 10 YO 2nd edition, OB, 50%, B:2016. Rating: 15/20
Port Charlotte PC 11, 11 YO, OB, 59.5%, B: 2014 Rating: 15/20
Port Charlotte PC 12, 12 YO, OB, 58.7%, B: 2015 Rating: 16/20
Port Charlotte Scottish Barley, OB, 50%, B: 2013. Rating: 10/20
   
Vintages  
Port Charlotte 2002 Private bottling Raz/Marti,10 YO, OB, 63.9%, B: 2012, c. 151, 281 b. Rating: 17/20
   
No Age Specified (NAS)  
Port Charlotte An Turas Mor, OB, 46%, B: 2010 Rating: 15/20
Port Charlotte First Cut, OB, 5YO, B: 2007, 61.5% 950 b. Rating: 16/20
Port Charlotte The Peat Project, OB, 46%, B: 2012 Rating: 10/20

 

Independent bottlings (IB)  
Private bottlings  
Port Charlotte 2001 Sherry bloodtub, Gordon Homer Private Bottling, 61.4%,B:2005, R39, 41 b. Rating: 16/20
Port Charlotte 2002, 5 YO, Private bottling for Giorgio D'Ambrosio, 46%, B: 2008 Rating: 13/20
Port Charlotte, 10 YO, Islay Scotch and more, 63.0%, B: 2013, c. 630 Rating: 15/20
Port Charlotte for Whisky Friends Denmark, 9 YO, 63.4%, c. 895. 309 b. Rating: 15/20
   
Alexander Weine  
Port Charlotte SwissLink 007 Port Matured, 10 YO, Alexander Weine, 60.6%, D:2003, B: 2013, c.646, 341 b. Rating: 16/20
   
Blackadder  
Port Charlotte 2003, 12 YO, Blackadder, 61.1%, B:2016, c.  622, 284 b. Rating: 17/20
   
Cooper's choice  
Port Charlotte 2001, Cooper’s choice, 46%, B: 2013, 400 b. Rating: 12/20
Port Charlotte 2007, Cooper’s Choice, 46%, B:2015, c. 2424, 480 b. Rating: 15/20
   
The First Editions  
Port Charlotte 2004 For the Whiskyschiff, 10 YO, The First Editions, 59.2%, B:2015, 150 b. Rating: 13/20
Port Charlotte 2004, 10 YO, First Editions, 57.9%, B: 2014, 259 b. Rating: 15/20
   
Maltman, The  
Port Charlotte 2001, 12 YO, The Maltman, 52.4%, B:2014, c. 846, 269 b. Rating: 12/20
   
Rest & Be  
Port Charlotte 2002, 13 YO, Rest & Be, 63.5%, B:2016, c. 0007, 292 b. Rating: 16/20
   
Scotch Single Malt Circle (SSMC)  
Port Charlotte 2001, 11 YO, Scotch Single Malt Circle, 62.9%, B: 2013, c. 855 Rating: 14/20
   
Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)  
Port Charlotte 127.1, 8 YO, SMWS, 66.5%, B: 2010 Rating: 10/20
Port Charlotte 127.4, 8 YO, SMWS, 66.8%, B: 2010, 238 b. Rating: 16/20
Port Charlotte 127.7, 7 YO, SMWS, 66.6%, B:2010, 687 b. Rating: 16/20
Port Charlotte 2002 Intensly Tasty 127.39, 11 YO, SMWS, 66.7%, B: 2013 Rating: 14/20
Port Charlotte 2002 127.40, SMWS, 63%, B:2014 Rating: 14/20
Port Charlotte 2003 127.35, 9 YO, SMWS, 63.9% Rating: 14/20
   
Single Malts of Scotland  
Port Charlotte 2001, 7 YO, Malts of Scotland, 66.2%, B: 2009, c. 829. Rating: 10/20
   
Speciality Drinks  
Elements of Islay PL1, Specialty Drinks, 60%, B:2012 Rating: 13/20
Elements of Islay Pl2 , Speciality Drinks, 63.4%, B: 2013 Rating: 12/20
   
The Stillman's  
Port Charlotte 2001 Dark Sherry, 10 YO, The Stillman’s, 57.8%, B: 2011. 317 b. Rating: 17/20