Looking back, Dave says he is glad he didn’t take up the offer to go away and study, “Now I’m living the dream, doing it online for fun and for the distillery instead!”
Something of a computer wizard, his virtual engineering skills were recently called upon during our digital festival. While the shop can’t run tours it was chance for him to spend time using his creative talents to bring the distillery to life via Minecraft. It’s accessible through the desktop version only; if you have Minecraft on a Mac or PC, drop him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and he’ll invite you in.
For anyone who doesn’t have Minecraft, he has also made a regular video of a guided tour of his block built distillery, alongside fellow Laddie crew member Raymond Tibbs and pal Alan MacTaggart, both from Islay. You can take the tour here: The Bruichladdich Distillery in Minecraft. It is quite the feat to have achieved such detail in just a few weeks. The video has already been a huge hit with Laddie fans, with almost 1200 views online in its first week, and becoming our second most shared post on Instagram of the last 12 months.
In further developments, Dave’s added an additional virtual tour experience. You can now take a Barley to Bottle Express Train ride around the distillery. Hold onto your hats. And your drams!
Even more: If you would like to take another free tour of the distillery you can follow our Academy team round the actual buildings in their rapid Lockdown tour here >>> Laddie Lock-In Virtual Tour