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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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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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Laddie Launch in Malaysia

Wednesday, 6 August 2014 POSTED BY Laddie Editor IN News

Bruichladdich brand ambassador Murray Campbell was on hand at the launch of three of our range of whiskies in Malaysia recently. The event took place in Kuala Lumpur and featured The Classic Laddie, Port Charlotte Scottish Barley and Octomore 6.1.

Also present was Richard Gillam of Remy Cointreau International who created some memorable Bruichladdich cocktails. The media launch was on Monday, with the rest of the week busy with magazine interviews and a series of tastings for members of the trade and interested consumers..

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Feis Ile 2014 - Octomore Discovery

Friday, 9 May 2014 POSTED BY Laddie Editor IN News

The Islay Festival release for 2014 is to be an extraordinary Octomore called 'Discovery'. Back in 2007, Jim McEwan, inspired by the great Scots traveler Martin Martin, quadruple distilled a spirit made from super heavily peated malt that was destined to become Octomore. The result is utterly unique. Matured for seven years in Oloroso sherry butts, nothing like it has ever been previously released.

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Our new Valinch - Allan Logan

Wednesday, 27 November 2013 POSTED BY Laddie Editor IN News

Our new Valinch is a beautiful 21 year old that spent the majority of its life in an American bourbon barrel before being transferred to a French oak cask that had previously held one of the world’s finest eaux-de-vie. 

This is a wonderful dram, an inspirational example of cask enhancement, or ACEing as we like to call it.   It has been named for our Distillery Manager, the ever youthful Allan Logan, although even Allan no longer claims to be a mere 21 years old. There is talk of this being the first in a series of Valinch editions that will feature members of the Laddie Crew.  We will have to see. 

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Laddie Launch Travel Retail Exclusives

Monday, 9 September 2013 POSTED BY Bruichladdich Administrator IN News

One of the problems of creating limited release single malts is that it will always be difficult to ensure that all Laddie fans have the opportunity to experience everything we produce, no matter where you live in the world.  These are small batch artisanal whiskies and we simply do not have enough to go round.

Unfortunately, it will never be possible to please everybody, but lots of us travel, or know folk who travel, so we feel that releasing some of these whiskies as Global Travel Retail exclusives is an excellent way of reaching a lot of people. The nature of GTR should also mean that some of these expressions are available for longer periods of time.


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Jim McEwan on 50% abv

Friday, 30 August 2013 POSTED BY Laddie Editor IN News

Our Master Distiller and Production Director Jim McEwan explains why he decided to increase the abv of some of our whiskies to 50%:

"The decision to increase the strength of our barley exploration series single malts is the result of a six-year study analysing the flavours and aromatics of Islay barley at 46% and at 50% ABV.

"For the study I chose Islay barley because I know exactly which farms it comes from year on year; these local terroirs are identifiable - we know the farmers, the conditions, the lie of the land, so we can monitor the characteristics of the spirit with as much consistency as possible.

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The Cuvees

Tuesday, 20 November 2012 POSTED BY Bruichladdich Administrator IN News

The Bruichladdich Cuvee Series is a core expression of our fundamental philosophy as distillers.  Whisky convention dictates that a distillery's spirit should have an inflexible house style, and that quality is a factor of age.  A 15-year-old is better than a 10-year-old...  You don't have to be Einstein to work out what comes next.

We reject this mean one-dimensional view.

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Bruichladdich release a whisky distilled from ancient Viking grain

Thursday, 18 October 2012 POSTED BY Bruichladdich Administrator IN News

Bruichladdich Distillery on Islay have once again pushed at the boundaries of what it possible with a single malt whisky in their latest release, which has been distilled from an ancient grain that probably first arrived in Scotland with the Vikings, over a thousand years ago.  Bere barley (pronounced "bear") is one of the oldest cultivated cereals, originating in the fertile crescent of the Middle East.  The fearsome Norsemen, who plundered ideas (and much else besides...) wherever they went, are known to have extended their reach south to the rivers Tigris and Euphrates and it is likely that they would have brought bere back with them to supply their further expeditions to Scotland as they first raided our coastline, then came to settle.

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Port Charlotte - The Peat Project

Monday, 16 July 2012 POSTED BY Bruichladdich Administrator IN News

No one knows what the original Bruichladdich of 1881 actually tasted like.

There are neither bottles in existence nor tasting notes. What would it have tasted like?

The Port Charlotte Peat Project sets out to answer this conundrum.

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