Proudly Independent

We respect the past but don't live in its shadow. We believe in innovation and progress, while striving to create intriguing spirit - a spirit with flawless integrity and provenance. We are curious and restless - we never leave well enough alone. Pathfinders where angels fear to tread.

We believe that Islay whisky should have an authenticity derived from where it is distilled and where it is matured... from the philosophies of those who distil it. A sense of place, of terroir that speaks of the land, the barley, the water and the human soul  that gave it life.

There are many who would see whisky distilling as an industrial process – a means of standard manufacture and nothing more. We understand distilling to be an ancient art, one that has intrigued the human spirit for centuries. A black art, a mysterious and enigmatic alchemy, that explores the very depths of the distiller’s soul.

"NO ONE WHO TAKES ON ANYTHING BIG AND TOUGH CAN AFFORD TO BE MODEST."– Orson Welles

Islay is a remote island surrounded by fast currents, dangerous skerries, powerful overfalls, wild winds and Atlantic swell. This unforgiving combination of nature, has been a barrier protecting those within, and keeping away those from outside for millennia. Around these shores there are countless shipwrecks and thousands of lost souls.

It is an island in isolation, one that has retained its Gael/ Viking gene pool. Politically and strategically important, Islay was home of the once mighty Lordship of the Isles, a pan-Gaelic independent kingdom-within-a-kingdom that dominated the western seaboard of North Britain.

The Ìleach are thus a free-spirited people; they have had to be. Independent of mind, proud of spirit.

The Ìleach are thus a free-spirited people; they have had to be. Independent of mind, proud of spirit. This isolation, together with the relative fertility of the land, made Islay an ideal place to distil.

The enterprising Harvey brothers chose Islay to build their new state-of-the-art distillery in the summer of 1881. After a filial bust-up, William Harvey took control. From the outset Bruichladdich was on its own. An outsider. It was a roller-coaster existence, and following his death in 1935, the distillery was finally sold, entering the corporate whisky world.

After a series of consolidations and takeovers this wonderful distillery was finally shut down after a decade of part time whisky production. In December 2000 it once again became privately owned when Mark Reynier succeeded in securing the finance to buy the distillery.

intrigued by the vision of making whisky the way it used to be, and with the romance in their souls to know this would be a journey not a destination

Deliberately, only private equity was raised, a third connected with Islay itself, and no corporations or vulture capitalists. Hand-picked, long-term investors, intrigued by the vision of making whisky the way it used to be, and with the romance in their souls to know this would be a journey not a destination.

In 2012, Bruichladdich was acquired by Remy-Cointreau, who are as determined as we are to maintain this independent, innovative ethos. Non-aligned with the rest of the mainstream whisky industry we have total freedom of expression and the latitude to follow the distilling Muse wherever it may take us.

Freedom of expression, independent spirit, dedication to place, a romantic soul. Call us old-fashioned.

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