About Bruichladdich Distillery:
The renaissance of Bruichladdich following its resurrection from semi-dereliction in 2001 is one of the great stories of the whisky industry. Our distillery had been purchased in 2000 by a private consortium which was to challenge conventional wisdom and make whisky the old-fashioned way, using the artisanal skills of people rather than computers.
Much of the old machinery that had been installed when the distillery was built back in 1881 is still in place, and a number of men who had worked it in the past came forward to rebuild and refurbish it.
Bruichladdich then started to present their single malts in an innovative, indeed unique way, releasing a series of limited editions that celebrated variation and nuance, highlighting subtle differences in barley variety, terroir and cask style. The approach was closer to that adopted by Chateaux producing fine French wines than traditional Scotch.
The “Progressive Hebridean Distillers” then further ruffled the feathers of traditionalists by producing The Botanist, the first and only Islay Dry Gin – made using 22 foraged island botanicals.
A visit to Bruichladdich is an essential part of any visit to Islay. Shop manager Mary McGregor and her Lassies and Laddies will gladly organise a tour and the distilling team will happily answer any questions.
Follow the link for detailed information on tour times and options. Booking is always advisable – we look forward to welcoming you.