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The Budgie - 25 years at Bruichladdich

Friday, 17 October 2014 POSTED BY Laddie Editor IN News

Duncan 'The Budgie' McFadyen, Senior Stillman at Bruichladdich, has been now worked at the distillery for an unbroken twenty five years - having continued in a caretaker role during the long period of closure from 1994 through 2001 when it reopened following its acquisition by a private consortium.

The Budgie has cheerfully assumed many roles during his long career, from mashman and stillman and maintenance engineer to tourguide and indeed distillery icon.  It was fitting that an image of The Budgie, taken during a distillation of The Botanist, has been seen around the world as the company launched its new Islay Dry Gin.

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Free London Masterclass Tickets

Thursday, 9 October 2014 POSTED BY Laddie Editor IN News

How persuasive are you?  

Would you like to taste our stunning new releases - Octomore 6.3 and Port Charlotte Islay Barley - in London?

We are offering three free tickets to a whisky Masterclass being held by Joanne Brown (Twitter @JoB_Islay) at Hedonism Wines (3-7 Davies Street, London W1K 3LD) on Wednesday 22nd October from 7pm - 8.30pm

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Port Charlotte Islay Barley launched

Wednesday, 8 October 2014 POSTED BY Laddie Editor IN News

Bruichladdich has made commitments to the Islay farmers who now grow barley for us, enabling us to distil single malts from 100% Islay barley for the first time in the island's history. Using grain from multiple farms, multiple terroirs, our aim is to create a product of flawless integrity and the most thought provoking whisky possible.

We are now proud to be able to release the first Port Charlotte that has been distilled exclusively from 100% Islay Barley. Harvested in 2008 from 6 farms – Coull, Kynagarry, Island, Rockside, Starchmill and Sunderland, and peated to a heavyweight 40ppm, this grain crop captures the collective essence of our wild Hebridean island – its terroir.

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The Laddiewaggon in Germany

Wednesday, 8 October 2014 POSTED BY Laddie Editor IN News

Congratulations to Susanne Land on her birthday a few days ago.  Susanne received a very nice bike, in a very beautiful colour, from her husband Holger who is the General Manager of the trucking company Bernhard Land.  The company's taste in vehicles is impeccable....

Also pictured is the very splendid model of the Laddiewaggon - scaled 1:87.  The manufacturer is Herpa.  They are available for purchase in the Laddieshop on Islay - please contact Mary on for details.

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Octomore 6.3 - Islay Barley

Tuesday, 7 October 2014 POSTED BY Laddie Editor IN News

Octomore 6.3 Islay Barley is the first release of the uber-experimental cult classic to be distilled using 100% Islay-grown barley. The crop was sown in 2008 by our friend James Brown in the field known as Lorgba on his Octomore Farm. This lies close to the western shore of Loch Indaal on the Rhinns of Islay, and within sight of the village of Port Charlotte.

This is a single malt whisky distilled from the most heavily peated barley in the world. Always experimental and pushing the boundaries of the possible, a stratospheric 258ppm was coaxed into the grain by our skilful maltsters at Bairds in Inverness, a remarkable 89ppm more than the previous high of 169ppm they achieved prior to the distillation of the legendary Octomore 5.1.

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Record Islay Barley Harvest in 2014

Wednesday, 1 October 2014 POSTED BY Laddie Editor IN News

We are delighted to announce that 2014 has seen a record tonnage of malting barley harvested for Bruichladdich on Islay. A grand total of 1,295 tonnes has been gathered in and delivered to the dryihng sheds at Octofad on the Rhinns. This represents a remarkable increase of 39% over the total achieved last year.

The number of farmers growing for us has steadily increased since the first pioneering crop was sown at Kentraw in 2004. The combination of a greater acreage planted this year plus excellent weather during the growing and harvesting season has produced these very encouraging results. We cannot over-emphasize how grateful we are for the efforts of everyone involved in what will always be a high-risk business – a sort of agricultural white-knuckle ride.

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The rain is dead.

Thursday, 25 September 2014 POSTED BY Laddie Editor IN News

It has been the driest September for 50 years. No rain has fallen since 15th August, quite unheard of in these weather beaten Hebridean isles. Personally we have enjoyed it a lot; the summer has been remarkable. But our spirit hasn't been so happy.

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Jim McEwan in Australia, October 2014

Thursday, 18 September 2014 POSTED BY Laddie Editor IN News

Our own Jim McEwan will be over in Australia this September and October pouring a few drams and telling tall tales.

The list of dates and venues is below. Please contact the venues directly if you'd like to to go; for any other queries contact Eddie Brook on

Look forward to seeing a few of you there. Slainte!

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CBS News '60 Minutes' to feature Jim McEwan

Tuesday, 2 September 2014 POSTED BY Laddie Editor IN News

We have been delighted to be working with a team from the world-renowned American current affairs programme ''60 Minutes' from CBS News. Fronted by the legendary correspondent Bob Simon, the producers are interested in taking a broad look at Islay and her whisky industry against a background of the upcoming referendum on Scottish Independence. Much spectacular footage has been taken around the island including some of the other world famous Islay distilleries, Octomore Farm and locations ranching from Kilchoman beach to Craigens and Port Ellen.

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The Laddie Snug at The Artisan

Friday, 29 August 2014 POSTED BY Laddie Editor IN News

There is no particular reason you should have heard of Derek Mather, although many of you will have. If you join the chatter on Facebook you may recognise the name and you will probably have seen posts from his restuarant, The Artisan, in Wishaw, Glasgow.

Derek is a whisky fan. More specifically Derek is a Bruichladdich fan. Let's just qualify that. The Artisan stocks over 2000 different single malts, of which 437 are Bruichladdichs and rising. Even Derek's beef for the restaurant comes from the highlanders on James Brown's Octomore Farm, above the distillery.

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