Built in 1881 by the Harvey brothers, Bruichladdich distillery sits opposite the western shore of Loch Indaal on Islay, an island off the west coast of Scotland. The distillery produces three distinct single malts: Bruichladdich (unpeated), Port Charlotte (heavily peated) and Octomore (super heavily peated), along with The Botanist gin. Read More »
One of the first three whiskies in Bruichladdich's Cuvee series, with a subtitle of MG41 [L'Age d'Or] (no, us neither), matured in American oak casks before finishing in Limousin oak casks previously used to hold Sauternes and Barsac sweet wines.
One of the three initial releases in Bruichladdich's Cuvee range, Cuvee 407 is simply named PX and is subtitled 'La Noche Bocca Arriba', the title of a short story by Julio Cortázar. It's matured in American oak and then finished in PX casks.
The third of the first three whiskies to appear in Bruichladdich's Cuvee range - Eroica, subtitled 'Oh mensch! Gieb acht! Was spricht die tiefe mitternacht?', the opening line from a song in Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra. It's an American oak matured whisky finished in Limousin oak that once held brandy.
A 1991 vintage Bruichladdich from independent bottlers Gordon & Macphail as part of their cask strength range. This was aged in a brace of refill bourbon casks for over 20 years before being bottled in September 2012.
A 15 year old distillery bottling of Bruichladdich from the 1990s, the years before they reopened in their current guise under the watchful eye of Murray McDavid. This is an interesting tall bottle with a definite maritime air to the design.
The second edition of Bruichladdich's 18 year old. This time the whisky has been aged mainly in ex-bourbon casks and then finished in French oak barrels which used to contain sweet Jurancon, a dessert wine from the south west of France.
This is the fourth edition of Bruichladdich's Black Art series. The whisky is created by Master distiller Jim McEwan and the composition is kept a secret. All we know is it's aged in a combination of American and French oak.
An old 15 year old bottling from Bruichladdich on Islay. This dates, we estimate, from the 1980s when the distillery was under Whyte & Mackay ownership and comes in the tall bottle that was prevalent during that period.
The 13th cask that The Scotch Malt Whisky Society bottled from Bruichladdich. Mid-1990s SMWS bottlings feature the old label, without the tasting notes that we know today and are hard to find nowadays. SMWS describe this bottling as "creamy and peppered"