Bruichladdich (pronounced Broo-ik-LADdie) is found on the North shore of Loch Indaal, Islay. The distillery looks across the water at Bowmore distillery. It used to be the most westerly distillery in Scotland until Kilchoman was built in 2005. Bruichladdich was constructed in 1881 by Robert William and John Gourlay Harvey. The Harvey family remained the owners until the distillery was mothballed in 1929. The distillery reopened in 1936. Bruichladdich is currently owned by Remy Cointreau. The distillery gets it water from a spring on the Octmore farm. It has two wash stills and two spirit stills, and produces 1,500,000 litres a year. House Style: Light to medium, firm, hint of passion fruit, salty. Very drinkable. Apertif.
Nose: Opens beautifully, balanced on malt, peat and young spirit. The youth and strength of the spirit infusing the aromas of green apple, mild mint, clove, bay leaf and forest greenwood. Given a dash of water and time, little notes of meadowsweet, iris and honeysuckle put their head above the parapet but don’t linger too long as the next wave of bracken and smoke with a slipstream of vanilla is about to overload the olfactory senses. The Madeira cask influence lies deep in the glass and brings the rich notes of syrupy dates and raisins which hold up well to the onslaught.
Palate: Absolute rock ‘n’ roll Islay. The heat of 61.6% plus 40ppm peat - and it’s still only six years old – together develop into a unique palate experience. If you love peated malt this kid has the “wow” factor. It’s got an effervescence of spindrift and smoke, sweet citrus - the texture of the spirit is awesome due to trickle distillation. It’s the integration of all the characters of this island - particularly the guys who made it.
Finish: Albert Einstein said: “everything that is great and inspiring is created of individuals who labor in freedom”. - We believe this spirit meets his vision.
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