Conventional whisky wisdom dictates that a distillery creates one style of spirit, and that it offers as few expressions of that same spirit as time allows – a 10-year-old, a 15-year-old, a 20-year-old, etc.
Now, to be fair we’ve never had the luxury of this position – when we bought Bruichladdich there were huge gaps in the stock profile – a result of the rollercoaster life of the distillery under many remote owners, mothballed on whim and commercial pressure.
But beyond this pragmatic reality, the cosy, predictable, process-driven, safe commercial route was never one for us.
We are an inquisitive bunch – just because things have been done one way or another for years, is it really any better – or just habit?
Can, or could, a traditional Islay whisky distillery create a gin? What if?