Progressive Hebridean
Distillers


Explore Our Story

We believe our spirits should have character; an authenticity derived from where they are distilled and the philosophies of those who distil them.

There are many attributes we share with our distant Gaelic forefathers: stubborn, resolute, self-sufficient, tough, hard-working, enduring, straight-talking, emotional, passionate, philosophical and engaging… perhaps with a certain roguish quality.

We are proudly nonconformist, as has always been the way in these Western Isles – Oirthir Gaidheal, the Coast of the Gaels, the land of the outsider.

We passionately believe in terroir – in authenticity, place and provenance, in ultimate traceability. We seek to produce the most natural, thought-provoking, intellectually stimulating & enjoyable spirits possible. Obsessive? Probably – but if all you want is generic spirit, the world is awash with the stuff.

We are Progressive, Hebridean Distillers.

We are proudly nonconformist, as has always been the way in these Western Isles – Oirthir Gaidheal, the Coast of the Gaels, the land of the outsider.

We passionately believe in terroir – in authenticity, place and provenance, in ultimate traceability. We seek to produce the most natural, thought-provoking, intellectually stimulating & enjoyable spirits possible. Obsessive? Probably – but if all you want is generic spirit, the world is awash with the stuff.

We are Progressive, Hebridean Distillers.

55°47’20.99”N / 6°27’40”W


Growing Islay Barley
Coull Farm, Isle of Islay, Scotland

55°47’20.99”N / 6°27’40”W


Growing Islay Barley
Coull Farm, Isle of Islay, Scotland

Progressive


IT’S A STATE OF MIND

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.

We believe in asking questions, in moving forward regardless of industry convention or the status quo. We continue to rebel against the staid world of Scotch whisky. We pioneer the foraging movement in gin. Confronting transparency, and reconnecting with nature.

This is not one distillery with one style of spirit; this is one project to break every boundary, to challenge every convention.

The North Atlantic


Kilchiaran, Islay

Hebridean


A SENSE OF PLACE

Our commitment to our island, our community and our workforce is total, but underpinning everything is the quality of our spirit. Over this, there can be no compromise.

Any artisanal, living product should speak of the place from which it comes, of the people who have created and nurtured it; of the soil, the air, the geography that influence it – of PLACE. These are the reasons we distil, mature and bottle only on Islay. Our commitment to keeping as much of our process here, is not just about protecting that signature salt-citrus tang which comes from Islay maturation. It is also in a commitment to our local community, to providing professional jobs for our locals, and in developing out talent from our remote island home.

Hebridean may refer to Islay and its position as the southernmost island in the inner Hebrides but our position in an archipelago of western islands is not what defines us. We are more than a grid reference on a map. Hebridean runs through our people and our values, those that shape who we are and the decisions we make.

In our community, longevity is valued over speed or symbols of status. Barter thrives. Collective memory, common ownership, gentle defiance, proud non-conformism. These have always been the ways in these Western Isles, but they are threads that still run through our society.

Adam Hannet, Duncan McGillivray & Jim McEwan


Distillers


EXPERTISE THAT HAS BEEN EARNED

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.

Now-retired Master Distiller Jim McEwan had begun his working life as an apprentice cooper. Duncan McGillivray had come to Bruichladdich as a young fitter and rose to become General Manager. Duncan McFadyen, John Rennie, Neil McTaggart, the list was long. “We were working with whisky legends.”

Highly skilled men, they were determined to make whisky as they too had been taught, by hand, taste, nose and eye. They rejected the onset of modern automation and homogenisation. They would only consider production methods that placed the quality of liquid above everything else.

Now most have retied, but our mission is to preserve their legacy and indeed pass it on to those who will in turn follow us in decades to come.

There is an honesty and an integrity in doing everything here, by hand. It is this manual control of the entire process and the ultimate knowledge of every pipe, every valve, every nuance, that gives us the authority to not only distil three different styles of single malt, but also the first Islay dry gin. It is in our determination to protect our core values, of authenticity, provenance and transparency, that we have earned the right to call ourselves Progressive Hebridean Distillers.

100% SCOTTISH BARLEY


Bruichladdich uses only Scottish barley – we believe it’s called “Scotch” for a reason.

Slow:
Trickle Distillation


Our stills run at a slow and relatively uncommercial trickle, they won’t be hurried. This helps us create the purest spirit and allows the stillman to more precisely judge his critical “middle cut” – the distilling sweet spot.

All Bruichladdich whisky is bottled naturally, un-chill filtered and with no added colour.


This retains the vital natural oils which give our spirit its complex flavour profile and mouthfeel.

E150a is a caramel food colouring. It is often used to standardise colour in the whisky industry. It enables products to appear consistent regardless of the age, type or style of cask a whisky was matured in.

At Bruichladdich we NEVER use E150a. The colour of our whisky is derived only from the casks in which it is matured.

Chill filtration removes the natural oils found in whisky. These are flavour compounds that can form hazes and deposits when stored at low temperatures. However these very same compounds are in part responsible for the complex flavour profile and mouth feel of single malts.

At Bruichladdich we NEVER chill-filter our whiskies. We would rather a haze in the glass than lose the flavour and texture created all those years ago during fermentation and ameliorated over years of maturation.

Progressive Hebridean Distillers

E150a is a caramel food colouring. It is often used to standardise colour in the whisky industry. It enables products to appear consistent regardless of the age, type or style of cask a whisky was matured in.

At Bruichladdich we NEVER use E150a. The colour of our whisky is derived only from the casks in which it is matured.

Chill filtration removes the natural oils found in whisky. These are flavour compounds that can form hazes and deposits when stored at low temperatures. However these very same compounds are in part responsible for the complex flavour profile and mouth feel of single malts.

At Bruichladdich we NEVER chill-filter our whiskies. We would rather a haze in the glass than lose the flavour and texture created all those years ago during fermentation and ameliorated over years of maturation.

Bruichladdich Distillery
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