Bruichladdich has been transformed since 2000 from a worthy but rather dull distillery into one of the most exciting, recognisable and innovative brands, not only on Islay, but in the entire whisky world. This has been down to many factors, but chief amongst these must be the marriage of the marketing genius of Mark Reynier and his team, couple ... 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 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"
The third edition in Bruichladdich's DNA series, examining the component parts that make the distillery's whiskies tick. This one marries together some of their best casks of the 1980s - their final batch of sherry butts. Bottled at cask strength and limited to only 1665 bottles, this is one for all fans and collectors of Bruichladdich.
The 4th edition in Bruichladdich's DNA series, digging into the heart and soul of the distillery's character. This time it's from 1985 and has been aged for 27 years before cask selection and bottling.
A huge 4 and a half litre bottle of Bruichladdich's Laddie Ten. Produced solely using unpeated spirit distilled since Murray McDavid bought the distillery in 2000, this will create a talking point at any party.