So while we have a deep respect for classic Bourbon-aged Scotch – our Scottish Barley single malt is a fine example – our head distiller, Adam Hannett, also uses his knowledge of wood, to create a number of subtle “cuvées”; some, like Champagne, are married from across the ages to create a specific character; others, married from different wood or cask types, or barley varieties, including those organicly grown. Some are even from single estates, single terroir, many extolling the attributes of a single vintage.
This is not gimmickery or meddling, and it’s certainly not marketing. This is about authenticity and provenance, and is a product of our unending curiosity to explore the true and complex nature of this fantastic spirit, Bruichladdich single malt.
We look for balance, harmony and complexity. We want a brain-stimulating experience, that satisfies the soul, that develops in the glass and evolves on the palate, and lingers in the mind.
We directly challenge the tyranny of the arbitrary age statement – is a 20-year-old necessarily any better than a 16½-year-old? If several vintages together provide more complexity – why not? Is a single vintage always best? Can a 5 year-old out-perform a 30-year old?
By definition all our bottlings are artisanal, hand-crafted and small batch. We deliberately choose not to homogenise or standardise preferring individuality, character and perhaps a certain intellectual provocation.