Here is a full timeline of significant milestones on a journey we are emphatically set to continue.
2001 – Re-opened after seven years of closure. Would win Distillery of the Year for the first time, again subsequently in 2003, 2006 and 2007.
2003 – Opening of on-site bottling hall, no longer outsourced to Scottish Mainland
2003 – Organic barley first harvested, farms used since at Mid Coul, Coulmore, Mains of Tullibardine and now Pitgaveny Estate
2004 – Farming partner Raymond Stewart grows first malting barley on the island for Bruichladdich, the first time it is traced and distilled separately in living memory. In 2020, a total of 21 farms have sown seed that will go to make Bruichladdich, Port Charlotte and Octomore whiskies.
2005 – Bruichladdich wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise
2005 – Ancient landrace Bere barley first grown on Islay, then Orkney in subsequent years
2010 – Energy from anaerobic digester tested
2011 – Winner of The Energy Institute Environment Award
2011 – Biodynamic barley first distilled, from B-Corp certified farm – Yatesbury House
2011 – Circulation system installed, using wastewater from the stills to heat distillery offices, bottling hall and visitor centre
2015 – Construction of Coultorsay warehouses started, future proofing all-Islay maturation, commitment made since 2001
2015 – Sponsorship of PS Racing begins; solo trans-Atlantic sailor and engineer active in renewables research including ‘race to zero emissions’
2016 – The Botanist Foundation established; provides ongoing support of RSPB on Islay, Nature of Scotland award, wildflower project and funding for a PHD student to explore conservation of juniper.
2017 – Planting of 7,500 trees around the Coultorsay warehouses
2017 – Collaborative research with the Islay Pollinator Initiative funded by The Botanist Foundation
2017 – First grow Islay rye with farmer Andrew Jones, introducing additional grain into crop rotation
2018-2019 – 126 tonnes of landfill recycled diverted (recycled or reused)
2018 – Purchase of 30 acres of land, named Shore House Croft, intended for sustainable agriculture R & D
2019 – Certified as Living Wage Employer. Improved maternity pay and flexible working introduced. Cycle to work scheme introduced and +11% headcount recruited
2019 – Distillery introduces two fully-electric cars for business travel
2019 – The Botanist Foundation begins partnership with the Botanic Gardens Conservation International, supporting their Global Botanic Garden Fund
2020 – From 1st May, 100% of the distillery’s electricity is sourced renewably in the UK
2020 – Packaging reduction will see option of ‘no outer tin’ offered to online customers
2023 – On-site maltings due to be installed subject to planning permission, will close loop on all-Islay process where growing, malting, distillation, maturation and bottling will take place on the island
2025 – Plan to use renewable energy to power our production process
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