Our fiercely independent ethos defies the trend towards industrialisation and automation in distillation. We are justifiably proud of our status as the biggest private employer on Islay – where our enthusiastic team of 85 men and women still create whiskies by hand.
The quality of our spirit is extraordinary. The ‘Laddie’ range consistently undermines the myth that ‘the older a whisky gets, the better it becomes’. The reality in the glass is much more interesting.
Our ‘new make’ sets out on its journey through life full of crisp, fresh, malty flavours derived from the finest Scottish barley being trickle distilled – but it is careful management of American and European oak casks by real people that eventually determines the final character of the whisky.
This is perfectly illustrated in the unpeated Laddie Eight, the latest exclusive for GTR released by our head distiller Adam Hannett. His aim with this vatting is to preserve the elegant, floral notes of the vibrant young spirit while building up the signature salty, citrus tang so characteristic of Bruichladdich.