Bruichladdich

Bruichladdich is Gaelic (Bruchláddich or Bruikladdie) and means corner of the beach or gentle slope of the sea. The distillery was built in the year 1881 by the Brothers Robert, William and John Gourlay Harvey. Read more about it below.↓

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Information about the Distillery
364 Bottles
Scotland, Islay
-6.361820 55.764790
Active
Rémy Cointreau
2 x 11,500 l
Normal
2 x 15,000 l
Normal
6 x 35,000 l
6 t
1881
2,000,000 l
http://www.bruichladdich.com/
Average Tasting Notes Calculated from 455 Tasting Notes
Nosing
Peat Smoke
Fruit
Vanilla
Sweet
Seaweed
Malt
Sherry
Oak
Spices
Barley
Alcohol
Floral
Lemon
Salt
Mint
Berries
Grape
Heather
Apple
Pear
Honey
Iodine
Caramel
Wheat
Peach
Pinapple
Raisin
Hay
Almonds
Herbs
Chocolate
Nuts
Medicinal Smoke
Melon
Oil
Bonfire Smoke
Chili
Cinnamon
Coffee
Orange
Pepper
Tobacco
Lime
Grass
Banana
Ginger
Cherry
Clove
Dried Fruit
Plum
Leather
Green Apple
Ham
Tropical Fruit
Cake
Dark Chocolate
Date
Grapefruit
Anise
Tasting
Peat Smoke
Sweet
Oak
Fruit
Malt
Vanilla
Spices
Salt
Sherry
Oil
Chili
Alcohol
Honey
Barley
Chocolate
Seaweed
Pepper
Orange
Apple
Caramel
Almonds
Lemon
Heather
Floral
Nuts
Raisin
Wheat
Tropical Fruit
Bonfire Smoke
Grape
Dark Chocolate
Lime
Ginger
Cherry
Berries
Medicinal Smoke
Peach
Cinnamon
Pinapple
Pear
Mint
Grass
Plum
Hay
Iodine
Date
Grapefruit
Clove
Banana
Cake
Herbs
Coffee
Leather
Melon
Hazelnut
Ham
Blackberry
Fig
Finish
Peat Smoke
Malt
Spices
Sweet
Oak
Fruit
Vanilla
Sherry
Chili
Barley
Seaweed
Chocolate
Salt
Alcohol
Coffee
Dark Chocolate
Pepper
Oil
Wheat
Almonds
Lemon
Caramel
Pear
Nuts
Heather
Tobacco
Medicinal Smoke
Ginger
Grapefruit
Berries
Grass
Orange
Raisin
Hay
Leather
Iodine
Hazelnut
Ham
Bonfire Smoke
Peach
Honey
Tropical Fruit
Cake
Herbs
Details about the Distillery

The Whisky

The Bruichladdich distillery has a number of different brands, that range from an unpeated malt to the heavily peated malt like the Octomore. There is good variety in the distillery bottlings of the Bruichladdich whiskies. You can find normal standard bottlings such as The Classic Laddie, or a lot of wine and sherry finishes as well as a few experiments such as the X4. Unfortunately the Bruichladdich whiskies don't carry any age statement on their bottles anymore. The maturation in the many different casks develops a lot of flavours and aromas in the different bottlings. You will find all sorts of fruits and spices, if you taste the different vintages from the Bruichladdich distillery. Nearly all of the bottlings of the Bruichladdich distillery are not coloured and un-chill-filtered.

The distillery now has three brands. The first is the normal Bruichladdich as we know it. The second is the Port Charlotte and the third is the Octomore a very heavily peated single malt Scotch whisky. It has a phenol content up to 258 ppm.

There is quite a number of independent bottlings from the Bruichladdich distillery. But due to the fact that most of the Bruichladdich whiskies are kept in their natural state, the whisky connoisseurs don't necessarily have to resort to buying an independent bottling to get an unaltered whisky from the distillery. However, it is still a great way of buying a Bruichladdich scotch with a certain age.

Some bottles of the Bruichladdich range.

The Production

The distillery of the Bruichladdich has a annual output of about 1.5 million litres of pure alcohol. The water for the whisky comes from the Bruichladdich loch and the Octomore spring. The distillery has just increased their number of stills to five, by purchasing a Lomond still.

The view from the street.
The view from the street.

The Pot Stills

The low wines still of the Bruichladdich Distillery.Bruichladdich has five pot stills, two wash stills with about 12,000 litres volume and two spirit stills with about 11,000 litres volume. They just recently added a Lomond still to their still room to create a smoother new make spirit. The pot stills at Bruichladdich are very pear-shaped and tall. The Lomond still is an adjustable still so the amount of reflux can be adjusted through different setups of the neck and the lyne arm.

A pot still of the Bruichladdich Distillery.

The Warehouse

The warehouses are rather flat and are all bricked. Together with the humid and cold climate of the Isle of Islay, the whisky matures very slowly. The variety of casks in the warehouses is very great and you will find a lot of different wine casks from which Jim McEwan can pick his special series bottlings such as the Cuvee. Bruichladdich doesn't only store their scotch on site but also at the Octomore farm they used to belong to.

The view inside the warehouse of the Bruichladdich Distillery.

The Malting

Bruichladdich emphasizes the local barley a lot. For example, you get the Scottish barley edition or other editions that directly name the farm from which Bruichladdich sourced the barley, that was used to make the Scotch inside the bottle. However they don't malt their own barley but have it malted by the big malting companies.

History

Bruichladdich is Gaelic (Bruchláddich or Bruikladdie) and means corner of the beach or gentle slope of the sea. The distillery was built in the year 1881 by the Brothers Robert, William and John Gourlay Harvey. The distillery is located on the Isle of Islay near the lake Indaal. The Harvey family ran the distillery until William died in 1936. Afterwards the distillery was sold and mothballed many times until Murray McDavid purchased the distillery in the year 2000. They refurbished the distillery in the old Victorian style and started production. In July 2012 the distillery was bought by Rémy Cointreau, who still own the company today.

The Octomore Farm is a small farm outside the town of Port Charlotte. In 1816 the eldest son of the farm, George Montgomery, built a small distillery on the farms premises and started distilling the Octomore whisky. The production on the very small pot still was about 10,000 litres of whisky per year. After George Montgomery’s death his son and his remaining brothers began to argue over the legal ownership of the farm and the distillery. This was the end of the Octomore distillery up until Bruichladdich took it up as a brand and started using the old farm buildings as warehouses.

The Visitor Centre

At the Bruichladdich distillery you can book tours of the distillery and tastings inside the warehouses. There is also a distillery shop where you can buy the full range of Bruichladdich whiskies.

The shop of the Bruichladdich Distillery.

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