Our festival releases were available to buy via ballot this year; The Botanist Islay Aged Gin and Laddie Origins, and a single cask 17 year old Bruichladdich.
To celebrate 10 years of The Botanist Gin we released a tiny amount of The Botanist Islay Aged Gin. Spirit matured in a single ex-Pauillac red wine cask, laid down and hidden in our warehouses during our inaugural year as gin makers. Brand Manager Katie Smith took some time to chat with Adam to delve into the story behind this secret project.
Almost as rare as our aged gin was getting to witness Adam and Production Director, Allan Logan sitting down to enjoy a few drams on festival day. On a normal Bruichladdich Day the pair are concealed inside the four walls of the visitor centre signing bottle after bottle! So it was a rare treat for them to be able to enjoy the sunshine over a dram and talk about The Laddie Origins Festival release alongside its mainstream sister, the Classic Laddie.
Legendary drams at The Malt Bar
A fitting final segment of the day saw two distillery originals taking to the screens. Global Marketing Manager, Lynne McEwan, and Bruichladdich Founder, Simon Coughlin enjoyed some of the distillery’s legendary archive whiskies and shared stories from years past. Simon spontaneously opened a rare bottle of 1970s Bruichladdich live on camera; no-one could stop him nor wanted to stop him with the prospect of a taste of that!
From our formative, cash-strapped days to now being the largest private employer on the island, Lynne and Simon perfectly narrated the Cinderella story of Bruichladdich.