Diversity starts in the field. Provenance is key.


We believe the interaction of man, land, soil and climate – known as terroir in wine circles – is paramount.

We value our farmer relationships, reconnecting that lost cycle between farmer and distiller – land and spirit.

We use only Scottish-grown barley (it is called “Scotch” after all); we are also committed to protecting heritage varieties and are working with the Highlands and Islands Agronomy Institute on Orkney, who are growing Bere barley exclusively for Bruichladdich. This ancient six-row ‘landrace’ of barley is one of the oldest cultivated cereals in the world and would have been familiar to the Vikings and their distant forefathers. Grains of six-row barley have been found on archaeological sites in Orkney that date back some 6,000 years.

This is not the espousal of some trendy cause, it is a passionate manifestation of our philosophy and values – local produce created with local farmers


From barley grown on fields we can see from our distillery windows. We think of it as a “radical old idea”.

Bruichladdich has made commitments to Islay farmers who now grow barley for us, enabling us to distil single malts from 100% Islay barley for the first time in the island’s history. From barley to barrel to bottle each origin is kept separate for ultimate traceability. We are also the major distiller of organic barley in Scotland and have been instrumental in the support for organic farming in the single malt category.

And the proof of the “pudding”? In 2011 the International Taste and Quality Institute’s august and elite panel of Michelin and Gault Millau-rated tasters, awarded our Organic whisky three stars (out of three) and “Exceptional” status – the only whisky in the world to be thus recognised.

For us, this recognition justifies our passionately-held belief that soil, the “terroir”, a respect for centuries-old farming practices and the reconnection of the spirit with man and his land make a difference in the glass.

Once again, land and dram united.

Bruichladdich Distillery
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