Bruichladdich - Today


The distillery still uses the original 'open' 7-tonne mashtun—the only one on the island, and one of only a handful still in existence. There are six pine wood washbacks (together, 210,000 litres). There are two wash stills (together 23,000 litres), two unusually tall (6 metre) and narrow-necked (0.9m) spirit stills (together 21,000 litres), and since 2010 the last authentic Lomond still; all are heated by steam.

All barley used is exclusively Scottish, grown on 23 different farms, each kept separate from barley to barrel (and, since 2010, to bottle). Since 2004, Islay grown barley is once again used (2010: 1,000 tonnes) on 14 island farms with the rest (2010: 1,000 tonnes) coming from eight mainland Scotland farms and one in Orkney. Organically grown Scottish barley represents between 30 and 40 per cent of the annual requirements. Around eight different types of barley are grown, including heritage varieties such as the ancient Viking 'Bere'. Primarily, the barley used for Bruichladdich is unpeated (3 ppm), although peated versions (40 ppm) do exist under the Port Charlotte sub-brand. Bruichladdich also produces 'the most heavily peated Single Malt Whisky in the world'—Octomore (at 80, 130, 141, 152 and 167 ppm). Bruichladdich Distillery has the island's only bottling hall.

All bottlings are 100 per cent natural, non-chill-filtered, colouring-free, bottled at 46% or cask strength on the isle of Islay. There have been a wide number of small-scale bottlings.

In production, no computers are used, apart from in the offices and to run a series of eight webcams. These webcams were the focus of an intelligence operation by the (American) Defense Threat Reduction Agency, when the distillery's antique distilling equipment was mistaken for that purportedly used for Iraq's elusive chemical weapons. This story has roots in an e-mail sent by an American agent to the distillery when one of the webcams had broken. A limited run of commemorative WMD bottles were released in honour of the story, while a second WMD bottling, Yellow Submarine, was issued when an Islay fisherman found a MoD submarine ROV, and a minor farcical affair ensued.

Since 2009, Bruichladdich is distributed in the UK by Blavod Wines and Spirits plc and is now found in a number of leading supermarkets. In 2011, the distillery started production of gin.

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