A Yellow Submarine

by Carl Reavey on 31st May 2016 in Exploring History

The story of the Yellow Submarine has been full of character and characters right from the beginning.  It started with our friend ‘Demolition Dave...

Hole and Corner Magazine

by Carl Reavey on 8th April 2016 in Place, Exploring History, Other stuff

Hole and Corner is a magazine that celebrates "craft, beauty, passion and skill"....

Archaeology Fieldwork Completed at Coultorsay

by Carl Reavey on 27th November 2015 in Exploring History

Guard Archaeology have now completed the fieldwork phase of their investigations into our new warehouse site at Coultorsay just to the south of the di...

Quern stone at Coultorsay

by Carl Reavey on 23rd October 2015 in Exploring History

The archaeologists working up at our new warehouse site at Coultorsay just south of the distillery have found a quern stone.  The team are now concen...

Archaeology at Coultorsay Warehouse Site

by Carl Reavey on 1st October 2015 in Exploring History

Our new warehouse project is starting to look as if it might unearth some interesting stories.  We are of course obliged to undertake an archaeologic...

Ice Age Hunters and Neolithic Tomb Builders on Islay

by Carl Reavey on 19th August 2015 in Exploring History

Archaeologist Steve Mithen will be giving a public presentation about his latest Islay excavation programme in the Laddie Shop next week. ...

A brief history of casks, Part 3

by Harry Glennon A... on 27th April 2015 in Talking Whisky, Exploring History

By the Middle Ages, the wooden cask had consolidated its position as Europe's primary storage and shipping container and was well established in Europ...

A brief history of casks, Part 2

by Harry Glennon A... on 14th April 2015 in Talking Whisky, Exploring History

By the latter days of the Roman Empire, the use of casks was clearly widespread....

A brief history of casks, Part 1

by Harry Glennon A... on 19th March 2015 in Exploring History, Other stuff

The cask gets its first written mention in the 5th century BCE when the Greek historian Herodotus talks of casks of palm-wine being shipped to Babylon...

Captain Douglas Harvey DSO 1884-1917

by Carl Reavey on 11th February 2015 in Exploring History

Stuart Graham of Portnahaven has produced an important book which collates all known information about the men of Islay and Jura who fell during the G...

What is the population of Islay?

by Harry Glennon A... on 2nd December 2014 in Place, Exploring History

Sadly the population of Islay is in decline....

What is peat?

by Harry Glennon A... on 26th November 2014 in On Barley, Exploring History

Peat is found in the acidic and waterlogged ground of bogs and fens. The anaerobic nature of such environments prevents the total decomposition of the...

Mashtun Rebuild Starts

by Carl Reavey on 2nd April 2014 in The Distillery, Exploring History

A team of engineers from Northern Fabricators in Elgin arrived at Bruichladdich yesterday with the new components for our mash tun.  We ceased distil...

The Bruichladdich workforce in 1994

by Carl Reavey on 20th February 2014 in The Distillery, Exploring History

This rather poignant photograph shows Bruichladdich staff in 1994. It is evidently a beautiful day and they are squinting into the bright morning sun ...

Why Bourbon Barrels?

by Carl Reavey on 10th January 2014 in Exploring History

It is over 80 years since the end of Prohibition in the USA in 1933. Since that time the use of American ex-Bourbon casks has changed the taste of Sco...

Port Charlotte Distillery

by Carl Reavey on 25th November 2013 in Exploring History

Lochindaal Distillery was built at the same time as the village of Port Charlotte, around 1829, and was originally named after the village....

Farming and Distilling on the Rhinns of Islay

by Carl Reavey on 8th November 2013 in Exploring History, Place

The Rhinns of Islay is the western peninsula that comprises around a third of the total land area of the island....

The first single malts from 100% Islay barley

by Carl Reavey on 27th September 2013 in On Barley, Exploring History

As a succession of wonderful Bruichladdich uber-provenance single malt whiskies emerge, proudly bearing the name 'Islay Barley', it is worthwhile cons...

Was Bruichladdich whisky originally peated?

by Carl Reavey on 28th June 2013 in Exploring History

Was the spirit distilled at Bruichladdich when the brand new distillery first opened in 1881 peated, or unpeated?...

Whisky, gin and juniper

by Carl Reavey on 24th June 2013 in Exploring History

Uisge beatha is just the Gaelic name for whisky – right?  Well, not exactly....

Battle of Britain aces enjoy a top dram

by Carl Reavey on 3rd June 2013 in The Distillery, Exploring History

Three veterans of The Battle of Britain attended a signing session at Shoreham Aviation Museum in Kent on Saturday with top aviation artist Geoff Nutk...

David MacBrayne Freighters

by Carl Reavey on 12th April 2013 in Our People, The Distillery, Exploring History

Television production company MacTV visited Bruichladdich this week to shoot some sequences for a programme about the David MacBrayne freight boats th...

The History of Bruichladdich Distillery

by Mark Reynier on 16th July 2012 in The Distillery, Exploring History

William Harvey and Bruichladdich...

Mythical Malt Mill whisky and the Angels' Share

by Carl Reavey on 3rd July 2012 in Talking Whisky, Exploring History

The Angels' Share, a Scottish film directed by that great portrayer of gritty social realism Ken Loach, took the coveted Jury Prize at the Cannes Fil...

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