On her switch to Bruichladdich
“I worked at competitor’s distilleries before coming to Bruichladdich. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy working there, I just found myself here on most of my days off. All my friends worked here, it felt like good fun and I thought I want to get in. The distillery I worked at before had polar opposite views, I struggled to speak about the brands when I didn’t really believe in it, so part of the reason I came here was because I heard about the ethos and thought it would be easier to speak to visitors.
On her future
Heather comments on how living with her bi-lingual partner has helped her to learn the second language she’s always wanted to. When asked what else has changed since he moved in, she’s self-conscious about not being cheesy.
Cringing: “That’s a really hard question… I think we share the same goals. We’ve brought out the best in each other and what we want to achieve in life. Like getting a polytunnel, Kevin’s pushed me out my comfort zone. Like I know that having four cars and a camper van isn’t practical but he makes me see differently. I think on Islay you can be quite naïve to things, you’re in a bubble but he’s travelled more, he’s made me more cultured.”
When asked where she sees herself in the future…
“I hate that question. I’m quite happy living in today. I mean, I do want to live on Islay but I’d live somewhere else too. I’ll come back here though. I want to be one of those old folk collecting a pension at the Post Office.
“I’ve appreciated living here too. It teaches you to be practical. I don’t just walk out and get a dress altered, I teach myself to sew. And it’s the same with what you’ve got around you, instead of wasting the rhubarb that’s growing, we make cordial. If there are gooseberries on the bushes or sloes, we make jam or gin.”
With hobbies like sewing, growing veg and restoring VW campers, you might jump to a conclusion that Heather sounds like a character out of ‘The Good Life’. But make no mistake, she’s no Barbara Good.