For many years Bruichladdich was known as the malt which the locals drank, something which surprised many visitors as it was unpeated. The notion that the Ileachs would automatically prefer the big peat bombs from elsewhere on the island was, seemingly, untrue. The lack of smoke wasn’t as a result of this local preference, but dictated by the needs of the blending firms who had always owned the distillery.



Bruichladdich’s character is sweet, honeyed and floral with a lemon-butter note and an unmistakable freshness. Since 2000 however other variants have been made – medium-peated Port Charlotte and the heavily-peated Octomore. While both are defiantly smoky with plenty of rich bonfire-like aromas, the inherent freshness and acidity of the distillery character is retained.


Experiments have also taken place with different barley varieties (including the archaic Bere) and a long-term project is currently underway, with local farmers once again planting the crop for the first time since the turn of the 20th century. A quarter of Bruichladdich’s requirements are now produced on the island. In addition, an old Lomond still has been recommissioned and produces The Botanist gin, whose botanical mix includes herbs and plants from Islay.
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