A couple of years ago Stephen Duncan, a project engineer with the oil industry, walked into the Laddie shop with a strange request. He wanted one of our 125th Anniversary Bottling presentation boxes. To make a guitar.
Although the rain is drumming on the distillery roof as we write this, we have actually enjoyed a long warm spell here on Islay. This has been good news for our many visitors but things are not quite so easy for our stillmen and mashmen who have to keep a careful eye on the hot weather. There are a number of issues...
Bruichladdich General Manager Duncan McGillivray retires on Friday 27th June 2014 following a career that spans more than 40 years in the distillery.
Duncan's part in the successful renaissance of Bruichladdich since it was purchased in a moribund state by a private consortium in 2000 and re-opened in 2001 has been absolutely fundamental. Everyone involved at the distillery is very aware of just how crucial his contribution has been and his selfless dedication to work, involving often extremely long hours in very difficult conditions, is legendary. His will be an impossible act to follow.
Duncan left school when still fourteen years old, starting work at Rockside Farm as an apprentice mechanic. Two and a half years later he moved to Aoradh at Gruinart in the north of Islay where he served his time with engineer Bob Erlie. The varied work at Aoradh fixing and maintaining everything from tractors through trucks and fishing boats was to serve him in good stead for the years to come.
At Bruichladdich we have something of a passion for place; a sense of belonging.
Our whisky speaks of the land, this Hebridean island home, jutting into the jaws of the weather-beaten North Atlantic; and of the people, our people, that give it life.
It has always been our mission to reconnect whisky with its essential raw ingredients, something that has been lost in our mechanised age of mass production and efficiencies.
HERE WE GO AGAIN! Bruichladdich was once again the main sponsor of a small and exclusive annual beach rugby tournament held during the second weekend of June. This is one of rugby's most eagerly sought after invitation events of the year.
Beach Rugby Islay-style is hard fought, full contact, bare footed and physically demanding. Matches are played on Kilnaughton Bay's beach, conveniently located in front of the White Hart Hotel in the picturesque village of Port Ellen. A natural banking provides an excellent view for spectators - and this year's event was once again attended by a huge crowd who were able to soak up the traditional sunshine.
(From Left)Tom Edman, Douglas Harry "Wheels" Wheelock, John Spiegel Michels and Scott Edward Parazynski are pictured with with Kelsey Leslie and Mary McGregor in the Laddieshop.
Tom is a chemical engineer from the USA. Douglas is an American astronaut. He has flown in space twice, logging 178 days on the Space Shuttle, International Space Station, and Russian Soyuz spacecraft.
A rather belated thank you is due to the literally thousands of people who made Laddie Day on Sunday 25th May such a success. We were quite overwhelmed by the sheer weight of numbers who came to enjoy the craic - an afternoon of music, dancing, and great drams.
Former Scottish Rugby captain Rob Wainwright is setting off on a mammoth cycle to give hungry children hope for a better future by raising money for Mary’s Meals.
The ex-rugby star turned farmer has persuaded eight friends to join him on the hilly highland ride, which will see them cover 811 miles and 54,209 feet of ascent in just nine days. Bruichladdich are delighted to have been able to provide sponsorship for the ride.
The concept of terroir is being explored by artisanal producers around the world in many diverse ways. Central to the idea of course is the way in which the ingredients used by craftsmen vary from place to place, and the effect this has on the final product, whether it be whisky, wine, music or other artforms.
In a partnership with Bruichladdich, ceramicist and photographer Helen Levi is setting out on a road trip to New Mexico starting on 1st June from her home and workshop in Brooklyn, New York. Her aim is to learn more about the varied sources of her ingredients, the clays and glazes that she uses to create her beautiful, hand-made pieces - and to meet with local artists and craftsmen along the way.
Bruichladdich Distillery was delighted to receive a visit from the The Applecross Boatpull Team this morning. The Applecross Boatpull Team are a group of fundraisers who have previously pushed their mock lifeboat, named A'chomraich, 650 miles throughout the Scottish Highlands and Islands raising in excess of £175k for Portree, Oban, Stornoway, Kyle, Lochinver and Wick Lifeboat Stations, as well as for CHAS and the Highland Hospice.